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Leica D-Lux 3


Leica D-Lux 3
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Leica D-Lux 3 is a rebranding of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 and replaces the D-Lux 2. It now has 10.4MP resolution in a compact and elegantly designed all black or silver body, 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, and sensitivity up to ISO 1600.

Leica D-Lux 3 Silver

The Leica D-Lux 3 has a 60-1/2,000 sec. shutter speed range (in Manual mode), Scene Modes to automate exposure setting in various situations, an extra wide 2.8 in. high resolution (207K pixels) LCD monitor, and of course the image stabilized lens. Macro focus is at 5 cm (2 in.).

Leica D-Lux 3 Top View

The Leica D-Lux 3 has full exposure flexibility with Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, and full Manual. It can save images in the RAW file format.

The Leica D-Lux 3 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.

View the Panasonic version: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Leica D-Lux 3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Leica D-Lux 3  
  Image type and format (Image Sensor) 1:1.65" CCD sensor with 10.4 million total pixels and 10 million effective pixels (with an aspect ratio 16:9).  
  Resolution In 16:9 format a choice between 4224 x 2376 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 3072 x 1728 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels (corresponds to HDTV standard), in Leica 3:2 format a choice between 3568 x 2376 pixels, 3248 x 2160 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels or 2048 x 1360 pixels, in 4:3 format a choice between 3168 x 2376 pixels, 2880 x 2160 pixels, 2304 x 1728 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels or 1280 x 960 pixels.  
  Video recording In 16:9 format a choice between 1280 x 720 pixels 15 B/s or 848 x 480 pixels 30 B/s 10 B/s,
in 4:3 format a choice between 640 x 480 pixels 30 B/s 10 B/s or 320 x 240 pixels 30 B/s 10 B/s.
Limited only by memory card capacity, recording with audio.
  Data recording File formats Still : RAW, JPEG (Fine/Standard), Movie : QuickTime Motion JPEG.  
  Storage media SD memory card and multimedia card (64 MB SD card included in scope of supply).  
  ISO Sensitivity setting Choice between automatic or manual ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 or ISO 1600.  
  White balance Choice between automatic for daylight, cloudy skies, shadow, halogen light, flash as well as 2 manual settings, white balance fine tuning from -1500 to +1500 K in 150 K steps (also available with automatic setting).  
  Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 6.3–25.2 mm f/2.8–4.9 ASPH. (equivalent to 28 to 112 millimeters for 35 mm format),
4 x optical zoom, focal length adjustment via zoom rocker.
  Aperture F 2.8–F 8.0 (wide angle) F 4.9–F 8.0 (tele)  
  Zoom 4x  
  Digital zoom 4x  
  Optical Image Stabilizer Two operating modes : either only for picture-taking or for both monitor and picture-taking.  
  Distance adjustment
Choice between normal : 0.5 m (1.6 feet) (with wide angle)/1.2 m (3.9 feet) (with tele) to infinity,
or macro : 0.05 m (0.2 feet) (with wide angle)/0.3 m (1 feet) (with tele) to infinity.
  Focusing setting Choice between autofocus (either entire focusing area or for macro), or manual with joystick, setting can be saved.
AF operating modes/measuring field Choice between 9 areas (entire picture field), fast AF with 3 areas (middle transverse)
or with 1 middle area, 1 area, or spot.
  Exposure Metering Choice between multiple field measurement, emphasis on middle integral measurement, spot measurement, setting can be saved.
Exposure modes Choice between program automatic, aperture automatic, time automatic and manual setting.
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in stages, settings from 1.3 EV.
  Shutter speed range With full automatic 1/4–1/2000 s, with program automatic : 1–1/2000 s, with aperture and time automatic : 8–1/2000 s,
with manual setting : 60–1/2000 s.
  Flash Flash modes Choice between automatic ON with or without preflash (red-eye reduction), manual ON (fill-in flash) with or
without preflash, SLOW sync for longer shutter speeds (with preflash), flash OFF. Range wide (sensitivity to Auto) : m (2.13.5 feet) (with wide angle), m (1.7.5 feet) (with tele). Flash output adjustment +/-2 EV in stages, settings from 1.3 EV.
  Scene programs Portraits, sport, night scenes, night portraits, fireworks, parties, snow, self-portraits, food, high-sensitivity mode, Baby 1, Baby 2, soft skin, candlelight, starry skies, landscapes, print.  
  Color effects Choice between cool, warm, B/W or sepia.  
  LCD Monitor 2.8" TFT color display in 16:9 format with 207,000 pixels.  
  Selftimer With 2 s or 10 s self-timer.  
  Connections USB 2.0, DC in (power supply) and AV out.  
  Picture characteristics Contrast, color saturation, sharpness and noise reduction are adjustable.  
  Printer compatibility PictBridge, DPOF  
  Power supply Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery or optional power supply unit/charger.  
  Included Accessories Lens cap and hand loop
64 MB SD card
Charger, Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
A/V cable, USB cable,
Software package (Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (PC)/3.0 (Mac), Quicktime Movie Player).
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 105.7 x 58.3 x 25.6 mm (4.2 x 2.3 x 1 inch)  
  Weight (camera body only) 185 g/220 g (6.5 oz/7.8 oz) (without/with battery, memory card and lens cap)  
  MSRP US $  

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