• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) advantages over Panasonic GX8

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.86 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)

Panasonic GX8 advantages over Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.77x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Highest resolution Micro Four Thirds camera yet; Great high ISO performance; Very fast autofocus; Fast burst mode with deep buffers; Impressive Dual I.S. system; Great 4K video.

  • No built-in flash; Slow buffer clearing; Below average battery life; Limited I.S. for 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Olympus E-M1
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1
  • $1448
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Canon G1X Mark II

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G1X Mark II
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $624
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GX8
Canon G1X Mark II
  • $1448
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $624
  • 1.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic LX100

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Panasonic LX100
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GX8
Panasonic LX100
  • $1448
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Canon G5X

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Canon G5X
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GX8
Canon G5X
  • $1448
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1095
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
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