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Leica D-Lux 2 on the way?
(Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 16:25 EDT)

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed an interesting inclusion among the list of camera models supported in the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw, which we reported on yesterday.

The list included a model that caught our interest, as we'd recently seen a press release attributed to a leak from camera manufacturer Leica bearing the same name. Adobe's mention of the camera makes it fairly likely that the press release (which appeared first) is real, and we've thus assembled a list of specifications from the information that is now publicly available. The Leica D-Lux 2 looks to be a variant on the existing Panasonic DMC-LX1, a model announced last July that lays claim to the title of the first digital camera with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

We've seen a number of photos claimed to be the D-Lux 2 around the internet, and they bear quite a resemblance to the DMC-LX1, but with no hand-grip trim on the front panel. (We're not reproducing the photos here for copyright reasons, since we don't know the original source of the images). The leaked press release makes no mention of pricing or availability, but does mention that there will also be a new adapter for connecting a LEICA TELEVID spotting scope eyepiece to the camera. Leica's product bundle will also include a 64MB Secure Digital card, twice the capacity of that bundled with Panasonic's version of the camera.

Leica D-Lux 2
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Leica
Model Number D-Lux 2
Dimensions 4.0 x 2.2 x 1.0"
102.0 x 57.0 x 25.0mm
Weight 198.0 g
6.9 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.65" CCD
8.60 megapixels (total)
8.40 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 3840 x 2160 (8.3 megapixels)
3248 x 2160 (7.0 megapixels)
2880 x 2160 (6.2 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 207,000 pixels
4x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 6.3 - 25.2mm (actual)
28 - 112mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) - f/8.0
Focusing System 9-area
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (48 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - infinity (5.0 cm - infinity)
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Automatic, daylight, cloudy, halogen light, and 2 manual settings, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, slow sync, red-eye reduction, on, off
Range: Wide: 0.6 - 4.1m, Tele: 0.3 - 2.3m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene Modes Portrait, sport, night scenery, night portrait, fireworks, party, snow, self-portrait, food, baby, soft skin, candle light , starry sky, landscape
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format QuickTime Motion JPEG without audio
848x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC
Video Yes
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other DC In
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary
Product Bundle
Software Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0, Quicktime Movie Player, USB driver
Battery / Charger Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 64.0MB Secure Digital Card
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, Metal

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