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).
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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