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Leica's D-LUX 5 digital camera. Photo provided by Leica Camera AG. Leica D-LUX 5: New lens, sensor, processor for D-LUX 4 followup
(Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 10:17 EDT)

Alongside the start of the biennial Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany, Lieca Camera AG has today announced its D-LUX 5 digital camera, based on the Panasonic LX5.

Compared to its predecessor, the Leica D-LUX 5 has an all-new lens, sensor, and image processor, among many other changes to the camera's image quality and handling. The new 1/1.63-inch CCD image sensor offers 10.1 effective megapixel resolution, and includes dual microlenses. Compared to the chip from the D-LUX 4, the D-LUX 5's sensor has larger microlenses with smaller gaps on both layers, and also increases well depth for improved dynamic range and reduced high-ISO noise.

The Leica D-LUX 5 couples its imager with a more sophisticated Leica DC-Vario Summicron branded 3.8x optical zoom lens that has bright maximum apertures varying from f/2.0 at the generous 24mm-equivalent wide angle, to f/3.3 at the moderate 90mm telephoto. The D-LUX 5's lens also offers improved corner sharpness, resistance to aberrations, and optical image stabilization performance. The Leica D-LUX 5's new image processor, meanwhile, features three processing cores and now has the horsepower to consider chrominance and luminance noise not only separately, but also in terms of how they relate to each other.

One important difference from the Panasonic variant of the camera is that Leica's software bundle includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The Leica D-LUX 5 goes on sale from October 2010, with suggested retail pricing of around US$800, some $300 more than the Panasonic equivalent. More details can be found in our Leica D-LUX 5 preview.

Leica D-LUX 5
Leica's D-LUX 5 digital camera. Photo provided by Leica Camera AG. Click for a bigger picture!
Model NumberNorth America: D-LUX 5
Dimensions4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 in.
(110 x 66 x 43 mm)
Weight9.5 oz (270 g)
Planned Price$800
Planned AvailabilityOctober 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/1.63" (approx. 0.00 in. diagonal)
11.30 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
3776 x 2520 (9.5 megapixels)
3168 x 2112 (6.7 megapixels)
2656 x 1768 (4.7 megapixels)
2112 x 1408 (3.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
640 x 424 (0.3 megapixels)
3968 x 2232 (8.9 megapixels)
3328 x 1872 (6.2 megapixels)
2784 x 1568 (4.4 megapixels)
2208 x 1248 (2.8 megapixels)
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON; 10 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements
3.8x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length5.1 - 19.2mm (actual)
24 - 90mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.0 (wide) / f/3.3 (tele) - f/8 (up to f/11 (W) / f/18 (T) in movies)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-12800), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400*, 12800* (* by pixel mixed readout)
Shutter Speed60 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesMulti-field, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, Manual setting, Manual measurement
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto with pre-flash (to reduce red-eye effect), Auto with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off
Range: 0.8 - 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesPortrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait , Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candlelight, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., High-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow,Aerial Photo, Colour modes
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2, 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVCHD Lite / QT Motion JPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatRAW, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input, Mini HDMI with Viera Link
Battery Type3.6V 1250mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwareAdobe Photoshop Lightroom
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory40.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesRebadged version of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.

Original Source Press Release:

The new LEICA D-LUX 5 – The compact digital Leica camera with system character

Solms, Germany (September 21, 2010) – Leica Camera is proud to present a new addition to its digital compact camera portfolio, the LEICA D-LUX 5, debuting at Photokina on September 21. The LEICA D-LUX 5 differentiates itself from its previous version by offering a faster LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 - 19.2 mm f/2 - 3.3 ASPH. lens with an extended range of focal lengths equivalent to 24 to 90 mm in 35-mm format. Together with its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the new LEICA D-LUX 5 offers a broader spectrum of photographic options. Its 720-pixel HD-video function in memory-saving AVCHD-Lite format and optional accessories, open up a whole range of additional photographic opportunities for discerning photographers.

"Thanks to ultra-fast image processing, simple handling and compact form, the LEICA D-LUX 5 is a truly unique compact camera with system character," says Peter Kruschewski, Product Manager for Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera AG. "It offers users endless opportunities for creative photography and allows photographers to capture the most spontaneous, fleeting moments in unforgettable pictures."

Suitable for a wide range of photographic situations, from macro and wide-angle architecture and landscape photography to reportage and portrait photography, the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 - 19.2 mm f/2 - 3.3 ASPH. zoom of the D-LUX 5 offers an extremely practical range of focal lengths. Additionally, its exceptionally fast maximum aperture makes it an ideal camera for 'available light' photography. Whether in unfavorable lighting conditions or for conscious manipulation of depth of focus, the LEICA D-LUX 5 is the perfect camera for capturing truly distinctive images.

Featuring a particularly large sensor for a compact camera, the D-LUX 5's 1/1.63"-CCD image sensor contributes to a significant increase in image quality, even at 10.1 megapixels. The sensor is finely tuned to bring out the best of the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 - 19.2 mm f/2 - 3.3 ASPH. Lens. Combined with the camera's electronics and firmware, it guarantees brilliant high-contrast images with natural color rendition and superb sharpness. Also contributing to its exceptional image quality, the D-LUX 5's pixels are considerably larger than that of other cameras.

The D-LUX 5 delivers images in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1, a particularly interesting format for creative composition, in both capture and review mode. The camera monitor has a wide viewing angle and a resolution of 460,000 pixels, displaying images in superb quality. An ideal and reliable tool, it allows photographers to precisely assess images both during composition and after capture.

The LEICA D-LUX 5 is characterized by clear lines and an intensely focused design. A true Leica Camera, the D-LUX 5's formal simplicity, intuitive controls and overall reduction to pure essentials reflect the company's culture.

Users can quickly and easily enter manual settings utilizing the D-LUX 5's innovative 'Clickwheel' located at the back of the camera. The D-LUX 5 also offers numerous automatic functions for effortless photography that guarantee photographers perfectly exposed and sharp images by simply pressing the shutter release. The camera's automatic functions control the O.I.S. image stabilizer, automatic ISO selection, face recognition, automatic contrast compensation and automatic scene mode.

The LEICA D-LUX 5 is supplied complete with the professional image-processing software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®. This software package allows photographers to 'develop' the RAW image files delivered by the CCD sensor to obtain the best-possible image quality. Simultaneously, photographers maintain complete control over the development process applied to their images.

The LEICA D-LUX 5's offerings are expanded by a range of optional accessories. The LEICA EVF1 electronic viewfinder is particularly useful when shooting under extreme lighting conditions. Mounted on the accessory shoe of the camera, it enables Live-View, a function that lets the photographer view the subject through the lens and assess the precise composition of an image just like when using a real system camera. The LEICA CF 22 accessory flash unit provides photographers with additional options for flash exposure and fill-in flash. A handgrip helps to ensure steady and safe handling of the camera. The optional accessories also include a choice of bags and cases – ranging from an elegant leather case with shoulder strap, an ever-ready camera case with to a stylish, soft leather pouch.

The LEICA D-LUX 5 in elegant black finish will be available for $799.00 starting October 2010.

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