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Leica Digilux 1


Category: Serious Amateur

The Leica Digilux 1 is a synthesis between Leica's legendary lenses and Panasonic's electronics, with some tinkering by Leica engineers and designers to give it an inimitable look-and-feel and ease of use of its own. (Compare the Leica Digilux 1 with the corresponding Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5S.)

Perhaps it is more useful to point out how the Leica Digilux 1 digital camera differs from other 4 megapixels digital cameras. It has the largest 2.5 in.LCD with a resolution of 205,000 pixels. If you complain about the 1.5 in. or 1.8 in.LCD on most other cameras, you will like the Digilux 1. Leica has tried to keep the operations as close to a traditional 35mm camera, what it calls the 'classic elements of design and operating conveninece.' There is minimal shutter lag and storage time, making it ideal for snapshots and moving subjects (4 frames per second at maximum jpeg size). The battery lasts from 2 (with display on) to 3 hours (with display off), and fully recharges in 2 hours. There is an attachable hood to protect the LCD and to provide better viewing clarity in bright daylight. It comes standard with a 64MB storage media that allows the capture of 32 pictures at the highest jpeg size. Leica also has a manual focus ring, and easy connection to a Leica 6000mm scope to view the stars at night (or other stuff during the day). Other notable features are the ability to add sound recording to a picture (5 sec. before, 10 sec. after); video recording limited only by capacity of storage media; and focus bracketing (3 or 5 images per series).

Keep in mind that the Leica Digilux 1 is basically a Panasonic LC5 and Panasonic is pretty new to cameras, so this 'first generation' of Leica/Panasonic digital camera will certainly have some wrinkles to iron out. If you're seriously thinking of purchasing this camera, do read up first what other owners say about it in the various digital camera forums.

The Leica Digilux 1 is a beautiful camera and innovates in a number of areas. Even though Leica bills the Digilux 1 as 'a street photographer's camera,' it is definitely not your run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot digital camera -- the Digilux 1 will appeal mostly to those who are very comfortable with setting their own camera controls.

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Leica Digilux 1
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Leica Digilux 1 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 3.9 effective megapixels
1/1.76 in. CCD
  Lens Leica DC Vario-Summicron  
  Focal Length 7-21mm (33-100mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.0  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 30 cm, 12 in.  
  Auto Focus
Auto Focus Bracketing
AF Lock
Manual focus ring
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/1,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Auto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Auto, Movie (video with sound, limited only by capacity of storage card), Continuous 4 fps  
  Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/4 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering Multi-field, Integral, Selective  
  White Balance Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash), Manual  
  Viewfinder Optical real image viewfinder with zoom function and diopter compensation; magnification: 0.33 x - 0.90 x  
  LCD 2.5 in. LCD (205K pixels)  
  ISO Sensitivity
Manual equivalent ISO 100, 200, 400
  Storage Media SD memory card (64 MB included) or MultiMediaCard  
  Battery Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery with Battery Charger  
  Included Accessories
64MB SD Memory Card
Li-Ion Battery, Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB Cable
LCD Hood
Strap (Carrying)
Software CD-ROMs (Adobe Photoshop Elements, ACDSee)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 127.0 x 83.3 x 67.4 mm /
5.0 x 2.3 x 2.6 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 365 g / 13 oz  
  MSRP US$869.99  

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