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Leica D-Lux 2


Leica D-Lux 2
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Leica D-Lux 2 is a rebranding of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 -- with different software, a larger starting memory card and some extra optional accessories. It has 8.4MP resolution in a compact and elegantly designed silver body -- minus the add-on clip that serves as a handgrip on the Panasonic LX1. It features a 4x optical zoom with a 28 to 112mm wide-angle capability (35mm equivalent) that should allow capturing more of a scene (or group shot) than standard 35mm lens is capable of.

The Leica D-Lux 2 has a 60-1/2,000 sec. shutter speed range (depending on exposure modes), Scene Modes to automate exposure setting in various situations, an extra large 2.5 in. high resolution (207K pixels) LCD monitor (no viewfinder, but an optional Digiscoping viewfinder is available), and of course the image stabilized Leica lens all the Panasonic digital cameras have popularized. Macro focus is at 5 cm (2 in.).

The Leica D-Lux 2 has full exposure flexibility with Program AE, Program Shift (P mode), Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, and full Manual. A long shutter speed of 60 sec. is available in Manual mode for night photography. It can save images in the RAW file format.

Extra accessories include:

- Crumpler Case:
in red or anthracite, padded case to hold camera, SD Card and extra battery

- Charger/Mains Cable:
ACA-DC4 with mains cable (replacement)

- Lithium ion Battery:

- Digital Adapter 2 (Digiscoping):
Digital Adapter 2 for LEICA TELEVID

The Leica D-Lux 2 is targeted to serious amateur photographers desiring a compact digital camera, yet packed with professional features such as full exposure flexibility, a wide-angle lens, fast operations, and image stabilization.

Want the Panasonic version: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

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Leica D-Lux 2
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Leica D-Lux 2  
  Image type and format (Image Sensor) 1:1.65 CCD sensor with 8.6 megapixels and 8.4 effective megapixels in the 16:9 format  
  Resolution In 16:9 format: 3840 x 2160, 3072 x 1728, (1920 x 1080 pixels is the HDTV standard).
In 3:2 Leica format: 3248 x 2160, 2560 x 1712, or 2048 x 1360 pixels.
In 4:3 format 2880 x 2160, 2304 x 1728, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, or 1280 x 960 pixels
  Video sequences In 16:9 format: 848 x 480 pixels;
In 4:3 format: 640 x 480 pixels, or still in 4:3 format select 320 x 240 pixels at either 30 fps or 10 fps (frames per second).
Video length is only limited by storage card capacity.
Video recorded with sound
  Data recording File formats:
Still pictures: RAW, TIFF, JPEG (Fine / Standard);
Video: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Storage media SD Memory Card and MultiMedia Card (64 MB SD Card supplied with camera)  
  Sensitivity setting Automatic or manual: ISO 80, 100, 200, or 400  
  White balance Choice of: automatic for daylight, overcast sky, halogen light; 2 manual settings. Fine calibration of the white balance from 1500 to +1500K in 150K steps (not available in automatic mode)  
  Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 6.3 - 25.2 mm f/2.8-4.9 ASPH. zoom lens (35 mm equivalent is 28-112 mm), 4x optical zoom  
  Zoom 4x  
  Digital zoom 4x  
  Optical Image Stabilizer 2 operating modes: available for exposure only, or for exposure and monitor  
  Focusing range Normal mode: 50 cm (19 ) to infinity for wide-angle; 120 cm (47) to infinity for telephoto.
Macro mode: 5 cm (2) to infinity for wide-angle and 30 cm (12) to infinity for telephoto
  Focusing Methods Autofocus (entire focusing range and macro), or manual with joystick; the setting can be stored
Autofocus fields:
Choice of: 9 fields (full image area), faster autofocus with 3 fields across the center or with 1 central field, 1 field or spot
Focusing range:
Normal mode: 50 cm (19 ) to infinity for wide-angle and 120 cm (47) to infinity for telephoto;
Macro mode: 5 cm (2) to infinity for wide-angle
and 30 cm (12) to infinity for telephoto
  Exposure Exposure modes: Programmed automatic, shutter-speed priority, aperture priority, and manual
Exposure metering: Multi-field metering, center-weighted integral metering, spot metering; settings can be stored
Exposure bracketing: +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  Shutter speed range Full automatic mode: - 1/2000 sec; in program mode: 1 1/2000 sec; in shutter speed and aperture priority modes: 8 1/2000 sec; manual settings: 60 1/2000 sec  
  Flash Flash exposure modes: Automatically activated flash with or without pre-flash (to prevent red-eye); manual fill-in flash with or without pre-flash; SLOW for longer exposure times (with pre-flash); flash off
Flash range: (ISO set at Auto) 0.6 - 4.1 m (2 13 ft) for wide-angle, and 0.3 2.3 m (1 7 ft) for telephoto
Flash exposure bracketing: +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  Scene programs Portrait, sport, night-time landscape, night-time portrait, fireworks, party, snow, self-portrait, food, baby, soft-focus for skin, candlelight, starry sky, landscape  
  Toning effects Bluish, reddish, black and white or sepia  
  LCD Monitor Monitor 2.5 TFT color display with 207,000 pixels  
  Selftimer With 2 or 10 second time delay  
  Connectors USB 2.0, DC IN (power supply), and AV OUT  
  Image parameters Adjustable parameters: Contrast, color saturation, sharpness, and noise suppression  
  Printer compatibility PictBridge, DPOF  
  Power supply Lithium-Ion battery, 3.7 V, 1150 mAH, or optional direct mains connector  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 105.7 x 58.3 x 25.6 mm /
4 5/32 x 2 9/32 x 1
  Weight (camera body only) 185 grams / 6 ounces
220 grams / 7 ounces (with battery, storage card and lens cap)
  MSRP US $  

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