The other day a young lady who is an actress in France, came in out of the rain into my law office. I took the opportunity to run off a few frames with the TYP 109 - (which is the Leica iteration of the LX100). I was in a rush and it wasn't until I checked the specs that I saw the "Intelligent Auto ISO" had set the unit at 1600. There is little to no noticeable noise. I have not used the camera much as of yet- but as I travel in the next two months I have every reason to believe that it will perform up to expectations. I enclose the image.
lacix: ...Guys will whistle after you!
I agree- strictly for women. There is always room for a tiny camera. One doesn't have to use a phone.
Sean65: I always regretted selling my GF1. Took it on a tour of Spain and got some great shots. Although compacts are way better these days I still think cameras like the GM5 are great for shooters who want a smaller camera but don't want to compromise too much on IQ and handling. Great lenses availability too.
Gx1 digicams are a steal these days.
I have owned Lumix digicams for years now- starting with the DMC FZ20 running through the Leica TYP 109 which is a Lumix at heart. I have never had a complaint about any of them- not one. Panasonic really seems to read this column as well as the Leica User's Group Blog. They give us what we are asking for. Much more than Nikon, Canon (alas!) or even Leica itself. Panasonic is really becoming the top dog manufacturer for Enthusiasts-period. VRR
Suffice it to say that Panasonic has given us what we want. Not as good as another digicam?? Of course, no digicam is perfect. Konica back in the 60's had a slogan"The Lens Alone is Worth the Price". Owning a steady stream of Lumixes, with Leica branded lenses- as well as Lumix lenses all since the FZ20 I agree. For once there is a company that has heard what we are looking for and given it to us. Fast lens, EVF, a zoom rather than a 35mm equivalent fixed lens (the next model will probably have a longer zoom)- and FINALLY a sensor size that makes sense. I pre ordered the Leica edition immediately when I read the specs- even before I handled it at Photo Expo. No digicam is perfect- No Digicam will outshine every other digicam out there- certainly not in this size configuration, but as a photographer for all my life- having had every conceivable 35mm analogue camera (all now in storage) for once I can crow-"They've nailed it- this is what I was looking for!!" VRR
I remember when all I wanted was a "Mecablitz".
Mike FL: Half of the price goes to the name as Leica is Leica. Other than that:
- Get any Fuji body + Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 If you want better sensor and better SPEC'd lens for the same sensor size and FL.
- Go for the best of the best, Sony RX1.
- Still like the Leica look, BUT not Leica price? Fuji X100T looks more liking a Leica than a real Leica.
You still want get exactly the same camera but half of the price? It is POSSIBLE if Panasonic decided to re-badge this Leica to Panasonic... Why not?
P.S.Oh, almost forget, Panasonic should be add a built in GRIP. or other people will complain/think Panasonic do NOT know how to design a camera, just like they complain/say-to Canon G7X, Sony RX100s...
Never see any one complain Leica having no DRIP. Never, ever...
This camera is German made, I believe- Panasonic would have to have it made locally in Japan or China (wherever Panasonics are made) in order to rebadge it. That would "dilute" the Leica name with respect to models they market as German made. VRR
I wouldn't be surprised if Panasonic didn't have some sort of restrictive covenant with Leica, preventing the latter from competing with Panasonic's interests in marketing "Leica" branded lenses. VRR
Having owned all the Powershot "G" cameras up to and including the G12- and then going to the G1X I am used to making compromises. At least they all had a viewfinder (poor though it may be), that's the only way I roll. Anyhow, I wait with bated breath for the in depth review of the LX100 -the Leica model of which (TYP109) I have preordered and have been told that it will arrive in January. This review of the G7 X was awful- the lack of an accessory shoe was the last straw. Honestly, I did not handle the camera at PhotoExpo because the specs were so far out of line for my uses. As noted "glorified 'S' " is most appropriate. VRR
The reviews mirror what other sites have stated. It never ceases to amaze me that a company such as Leica could turn out a product which is so esoteric. I don't believe I have ever seen one in use. This problem is not strictly Leica's. Canon has for years striven to produce digicams with wide appeal but always leave something out- be it a viewfinder (Optical or EVF) or a fast lens. The only company in solely my opinion, which has time and again succeeded in bringing out digicams with the widest possible appeal is Panasonic.
Sheer idiocy. No interest whatsoever.
lolopasstrail: "The line between the compact and the SLR began to blur somewhat with the disruptive influence of the Advanced Photo System (APS)"
We may forget that when 35mm cameras were new, they were referred to for decades as "miniature" format cameras. 35mm- now known as "Full Frame"- was the original compact camera system.
And there were "advanced compacts" even in the 35mm film days. Ricoh had one, so did Nikon, so did Contax. These were not cheap and had permanently attached lenses, either zoom or single focal length.
Leica even had a "miniature M"- the CL, which took two dedicated lenses- a 40mm and a 90mm.
Let's not forget the greatest miniature "Leica" ever made- the Minolta CLE. Came with an "M" mount- spectacular Rokkor 40mm f2 and a revolutionary patterned shutter curtain which exposed film in accordance with its emulsion. Best analogue rangefinder I own.
I have pre-ordered the Leica version of the LX100. Frankly the convenience of the kit (assuming DPR tests work out and I like it at Photo+Expo in NY) make this an excellent choice for the street photography I enjoy doing. The Canon G1X is just too slow in operation and lens. The DLux 6 gives me a bit too much noise. This is a good compromise. We'll see. As to"Why buy either?", the Lumix GX1 is perfect except that switching lenses slows me down. I'll still use it for the 0.95 with an M mount which I use
Anyone think there'll be a "Leica" version?? They didn't bother with the GM1- buth this one will sell like hotcackes...I think.
SphericalAberration: This body design really cries out for a compact fast prime.The telescoping barrel kills it for me.
Actually "serious photographers" don't use flash we are all available light aficionados. At least the ones are with whom I associate. The digicam appears fabulous.
Biro: I really want to love the LX100. I really do. I'm totally fine with the styling, size, sensor, lens and control interface. What's more, I have the cash in hand and can actually afford it.
But the lack of an integrated flash drives me crazy. The whole idea of the LX100, at least for me, is the have a reasonably sized, grab-and-go all-rounder for daily use. By definition, I don't want to bring along extra bits - whether lenses or flashes.
I'm only asking for something good enough for fill and reasonably close snapshots. It doesn't even have to be a pop-up (although being able to tilt back a pop-up unit for bounce purposes would be nice). Something akin to the flashes on Panasonic travel-zooms would be fine.
I'm not saying that I won't buy the LX100. But while the camera would have been an immediate pre-order with an integrated flash, I am now waiting to find out more about it. And I am seriously considering the Fuji X100T, Sony RX100 III and even the Canon G7X while I wait.
sderdiarian: Barney, do you know if it will be available with a silver top of body like the X100T? I think this would sell well.
According to Leica- the LX100 will have a silver body available, but the Leica model will not.
rhlpetrus: This is looking like my next camera, it or its Leica sister.
I pre ordered the Leica version.
I love the features and am waitng for a full review or even a "use preview". That will, unfortunately, probably be released after I already have the digicam.
Marty CL: I certainly understand and appreciate the Leica mystique (owning two 1950's Leica III series cameras--which predates the "M" series and I own a Leica C-Lux 2 digital compact). But I wonder more and more just where the Leica digital M series fits in today's photographic world.
They are rarely used by professional photographers for photojournalism assignments (Nikon and Canon certainly monopolize that field) and at a price tag in excess of $7,000--they are beyond the reach of most mortals in terms of amateur use.
It is true that they are an aesthetically pleasing design but this seems aimed more at the well heeled collector.
As I wander the streets of NY with my PanaLeicas (D-Lux models) I see many photographers using the M models (digitals). When I say "many" I mean in proportion to the cost of the items. They are not as scarsely used as you might think in non-professional ranks