Leica D-LUX 5 vs Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 5
Leica D-LUX 4

Reasons to buy the Leica D-LUX 5

Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Thin
Thickness
1"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Leica D-LUX 4

Size
Really small
Compact (109×56×27 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Weight
Light-weight
248 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Leica D-LUX 4.
Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Leica D-LUX 5.

differences

Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 4

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Slightly smaller
109×56×27 mm vs 110×65×25 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
248 g vs 271 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 5

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Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.89x5.81mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,498.80 vs $2,299.95
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The best price we've seen is $801 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about either the D-LUX 4 or the D-LUX 5.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
3"
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
D-LUX 4$2,299.95
D-LUX 5$1,498.80
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Weight Heavy Help
D-LUX 4248 g
D-LUX 5271 g
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
2.5 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Movie format HD (720p) video Help
D-LUX 4720p @ 24fps
D-LUX 5720p @ 30fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
D-LUX 42.5x
D-LUX 53.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Very small Help
D-LUX 4109×56×27 mm
D-LUX 5110×65×25 mm
Thickness Very thin Help
D-LUX 41.1"
D-LUX 51"
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
460k dots

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$782

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,441

Weight Is slightly lighter
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$589

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Lowest price Is much less expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Boutique

$947 - $1,052

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Movie format Records very high quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Boutique

$730 - $798

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Movie format Records very high quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$217 body only

$630 with 14-45mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Leica D-LUX 4 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$333

Lowest price Much cheaper
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
Size Slightly larger
Weight Heavier
Leica V-LUX 1

Leica V-LUX 1

Pro digicam

Zoom More zoom
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Size Much larger
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica X1

Leica X1

Boutique

$1,889

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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discussion

Leica D-LUX 4
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