2 reviews

Leica D-LUX 5

$1,000.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Smaller form factor fits comfortably in a shirt or pants pocket. Included Adobe Lightroom software provides richly featured photo editing. Build quality is very solid, nothing flexes or feels flimsy.

The Cons:Manual isn't very informative, limited information online. Pictures get noisy above ISO 1600. Very high price point.

The Leica D-LUX 5 is a compact digital camera described by critics as a duplicate of the Panasonic LX5, as it too features a 1/1.63” CCD sensor for 10.1MP stills, a 3.75x DC VarioSummicron lens, and support for 720p AVCHD Lite video.

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But as an upgrade to the D-LUX 4, the Leica D-LUX 5 offers a faster ASPH lens with an extended range, greater low-light sensitivity, an improved image processor, improved corner sharpness, enhanced resistance to aberrations, and advanced optical image stabilization. Many people aren’t too keen on purchasing the new LUX because it’s like an LX5 that has been repackaged and branded with a red circular logo—all at a more premium price.


  • Compact Digital Camera
  • 5.1 - 19.2mm f/2 - 3.3 ASPH (Range)
  • 24 to 90mm in 35mm Format (Focal Lengths)
  • 720p HD Video Function
  • Low-Light Sensitivity
  • Large 1/63” Sensor
  • High-Contrast Images
  • Natural Color Rendition
  • Enhanced Sharpness
  • 3” LCD Monitor
  • Multiple Manual Settings
  • Intuitive Clickwheel
  • Advanced O.I.S.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
  • Optional EVF1 Electronic Viewfinder
  • Optional Brown Leather Case
  • Optional Handgrip
  • Optional CF 22 Flash Unit

User Reviews (3)

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    smaller form factor fits comfortably in a shirt or pants pocket

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    included Adobe Lightroom software provides richly featured photo editing

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    build quality is very solid, nothing flexes or feels flimsy

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    picture quality is high enough for general photo journalism

  • 1

    menus are intuitive and easy to navigate

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    capable of recording video in 720p high definition

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    large 1/1.63" sensor - the largest size in any point and shoot, next largest size being found in Four Thirds systems

  • 1

    quality fast f/2-3.3 24 to 90mm lens

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    3-year standard warranty

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    dedicated customizable function button

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    decent continuous shooting for a P&S - 2.5fps in RAW

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    electronic viewfinder

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    improved battery life over the D-LUX 4

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    improved high ISO noise performance over the D-LUX 4

  • 1

    manual isn't very informative, limited information online

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    pictures get noisy above ISO 1600

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    very high price point

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    $300 price premium over the mostly identical (albeit slightly less premium) Panasonic LX5

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John: #leica_d_lux_5 I'll be using this as a general walk around camera for street photography. Is it well sealed against rain penetration? Just wondering if I get caught out with out a plastic bag! Jun 9, 13
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