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Leica Digilux 3 DSLR


Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Leica Digilux 3 DSLR
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The 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.

Just 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.

Leica Digilux 2 - Back view

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 2 - Top view

The Leica Digilux 3 effectively cements Leica's commitment to the Four Thirds standard, which is good news.

Leica Digilux 3 Top View

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.

View the Panasonic version: Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 DSLR

Leica Digilux 3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Leica Digilux 3  
  Image type/format Digital single-lens reflex system camera with lens bayonet complying with Four Thirds standard.  
  File formats RAW, JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF  
  Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 (3:2, 16:9 only in Live View mode)  
  Image Sensor LiveMOS 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 filter.
  Image sizes 4:3 format 3136 x 2352 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 3:2 format 3136 x 2080 pixels,
2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels, 16:9 format 3136 x 1760 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  Viewfinder optical  
  LCD Color display 2.5" 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.  
  ISO Speeds Auto/100/200/400/800/1600  
  Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB  
  Lens bayonet Four Thirds bayonet  
  Focal Length 14-50 mm  
  Aperture f/2.8-3.5  
  Optical Zoom 3.6x, focal length adjustment via zoom ring on lens  
  Extended Optical Zoom max. 1.5 x (with reduced resolution)  
  Digital Zoom 2 x/4 x (only in Live View mode)  
  Optical image
Two operating modes : either only for picture-taking or for both monitor and picture-taking.  
  Close-up limit 29 cm over entire focal length range  
  Storage Medium SD memory card, SDHC memory card, multimedia card  
  Reproduction modes

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 settings.

  Realtime Preview Monitor viewfinder image shows picture, exposure (with histogram) and white balance before picture-taking.  
  Shutter Speed Slotted shutter, shutter speed 1/4000–60, bulb (up to approx. 8 minutes), automatic self-timer 10 s/2 s,
Remote shutter release with remote cable shutter release CR-DC1 (optional)
  Exposure control Program automatic, aperture automatic, time automatic and manual setting  
  Light Metering TTL open aperture metering 49-zone (with optical viewfinder), 256-zone (in Live View mode); metered value storage AFL/AEL button or shutter
button pressed halfway in AFS mode
  Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 1.3 EV stages ; automatic exposure series 3 or 5 pictures, +/- 2 EV in 1.3.1 EV stage.  
  Frame rate 3 or 2 i/s  
  Exposure series 6 images (RAW), unlimited (other formats, depending on memory card, picture resolution, image compression, battery performance).  

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 flash units.

  White Balance Options 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 31 steps.  

Protection single/multiple, reset ; erase single/multiple/all.

  Immediate printing Image printing PictBridge (print size, layout, date setting selectable).  
  Connections Digital USB 2.0 (high-speed) ; analog (video/TV) NTSC/PAL Composite (switchable).  
  Work conditions Operating temperature 0° C to 40° C; air humidity 10 % to 80 %.  
  Printer compatibility PictBridge, DPOF  
  Power supply Battery 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).  
  Included Accessories

1 GB SD card
Power supply unit/charger
Battery pack
Eyepiece cover
Housing cover
AV cable, USB cable
Power cord,
Carrying strap
CD-ROM with software Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (WIN) and 3.0 (MAC), Quick Time

  Dimensions (W x H x D)

145.8 x 86.9 x 80 mm (5.74 x 3.42 x 3.15 in)

  Weight (Camera body only) approx. 530 g (18.7 oz) (housing)  
  MSRP US$  

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