• 1/1.63 inch 46.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Leica D-LUX 5 advantages over Nikon D500

  • Less expensive
    $700* vs $1897
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    43 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    270g vs 856g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon D500 advantages over Leica D-LUX 5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.63 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.22 vs 1.98 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1240 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    2359k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.9 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-LX3

Leica D-LUX 5
Panasonic DMC-LX3
  • $1000
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
Nikon D500
Panasonic DMC-LX3
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $450
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic LX5

Leica D-LUX 5
Panasonic LX5
  • $1000
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
Nikon D500
Panasonic LX5
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $550
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon G15

Leica D-LUX 5
Canon G15
  • $1000
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Wider angle lens
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon D500
Canon G15
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Leica D-LUX 5
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1000
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $843
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $843
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D7500

Leica D-LUX 5
Nikon D7500
  • $1000
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D500
Nikon D7500
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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