step from the Digilux 2 to the Digilux 3
takes Leica into its first ever digital SLR. Based
on the Panasonic L1
DSLR, a digital SLR that Panasonic developed
in conjunction with Olympus (see the Olympus
EVOLT E-330, the world's first digital SLR
to offer Live viewing through the LCD), the Leica
Digilux 3 is also Leica's first digital camera
that uses the interchangeable and open standard
Four Thirds System.
like on the Panasonic L1, the shutter speed, focal
length, aperture and focus on the Digilux 3 can
be set by hand on the camera and the lens. The
design, look and fell is typical Leica.
The LCD is "RealtimePreview" or, as
Panasonic/Olympus call it, "Live View"
-- making the Olympus E-330, the Panasonic L1
and the Leica Digilux 3 the only 3 (or, should
we say, one) digital SLRs with live preview on
the LCD monitor. Just like the Panasonic L1, and
unlike the Olympus E-330, the LCD monitor is non-swivelling.
Leica Digilux 3 effectively cements Leica's commitment
to the Four Thirds standard, which is good news.
Besides the Leica lens that will be offered with
the camera, the Leica Digilux 3 is also
compatible with the extensive line of Olympus'
quality Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses that
have been specially designed for optimum results
using the Four Thirds System (4/3-System) standard.
sensor, size : 17.3 x 13.0 mm with pixels
7.9 million total pixels and 7.5 million effective
pixels ; aspect
ratio 4:3 (horizontal:vertical ) ; color
filter RGB primary color filter ; dust
reduction system ultrasonic protective
3136 x 2352 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048
x 1536 pixels, 3:2 format 3136 x 2080
2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels, 16:9
format 3136 x 1760 pixels, 1920 x 1080
TFT LCD monitor with 207,000 pixels, image
field approx. 100 % in Live View mode, depth
of field controlled via depth of field lever
(only with Live View via monitor) ; menu
languages German, English, French, Italian,
Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Japanese.
3.6x, focal length
adjustment via zoom ring on lens
max. 1.5 x (with
2 x/4 x (only in
Live View mode)
Two operating modes
: either only for picture-taking or for both
monitor and picture-taking.
29 cm over entire
focal length range
memory card, SDHC memory card, multimedia
Single/9 or 25 thumbnails/calendar zoom
(16 x max.)/image rotation (not for RAW),
Slide show (duration adjustable, also manual
control possible) Favorites function/resizing
(number of pixels selectable) trimming/
protection/aspect conversion/DPOF print
viewfinder image shows picture, exposure (with
histogram) and white balance before picture-taking.
Integral flash unit LZ 10 (ISO 100,
m) pop-up direct/indirect, off, auto, daylight
fill-in flash ; Slow sync choice
between red-eye reduction ; TTL flash
metering control ; X-sync times
1/160 s and longer ; exposure compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1.3 EV stages ; synchronization
choice between 1st or 2nd curtain ; flash
shoe system connection for external
auto/daylight/cloudy skies/shadow/ halogen/flash/manual
1+2, color temperature setting ; white
balance fine tuning blue/amber bias ;
magenta/green bias ; color temperature
adjustment range 2500 K to 10000 K in
PictBridge (print size, layout, date setting
USB 2.0 (high-speed) ; analog (video/TV)
NTSC/PAL Composite (switchable).
0° C to 40° C; air humidity 10 % to
Li-ion battery pack (7.2 V, 1,500 mAh) (supplied)
; power supply unit/charger input 110-240
V AC (supplied) ; battery capacity
approx. 450 images (CIPA standard).
1 GB SD card
Power supply unit/charger
AV cable, USB cable
CD-ROM with software Adobe Photoshop Elements
4.0 (WIN) and 3.0 (MAC), Quick Time
x H x D)
145.8 x 86.9 x 80 mm (5.74 x 3.42 x 3.15
approx. 530 g (18.7
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