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Leica reveals D-Lux 6 fast-lensed enthusiast compact

By dpreview staff on Sep 17, 2012 at 19:02 GMT
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Leica has announced the D-Lux 6 - a fast-lensed compact designed for enthusiast photographers. It's Leica's reworking of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, and shares that model's key features; a super-fast F1.4-2.3 24-90mm equivalent lens in front of a 10.1MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor. It has an aperture ring around the lens, records FullHD movies at 60fps, and accepts a high resolution plug-in electronic viewfinder, the EVF3.

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NEW: LEICA D-LUX 6

Complete Creative Freedom Meets Timeless Design

Solms, Germany (September 17, 2012) - Leica Camera presents the latest model of the successful Leica D-Lux line of compact cameras. The Leica D-Lux 6 allows for the ultimate in creative flexibility, proving to be the ideal companion anytime inspiration arises. Enabling an imaging quality that sets entirely new standards in its class, the Leica D-Lux 6 unites an exceptionally fast lens with a newly developed 1.7" CMOS image sensor that is particularly large for this compact camera format. Especially suitable for capturing vibrant art, architecture, music, fashion and design scenes, the D-Lux 6 offers a comprehensive range of features including automatic mode, manual setting options and new, Full HD video recording capability. Optional accessories, such as a new electronic viewfinder, provide even greater freedom in all areas of photography. Together with its intuitive handling concept, the classically elegant and stylish Leica D-Lux 6 proves to be a muse for compelling images.

The lens of the Leica D-Lux 6 is a newly designed and constructed Leica DC-Vario-Summilux f1.4-2.3/4.7-17.7 mm ASPH. Allowing for expanded wide spectrum of photographic possibilities, the Leica D-Lux 6 offers a zoom range of 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent). This extremely practical range of focal lengths makes the camera particularly versatile, ideal for everything from macro shots and wide-angle architectural and landscape photography to photojournalism and portraits. In contrast to the forerunner model, the lens is faster and therefore particularly suitable for available light photography, allowing for even greater intimacy between photographer and subject. Whether in adverse lighting conditions or for conscious manipulation of depth of focus, the Leica D-Lux 6 is the perfect camera for capturing truly distinctive images. The combination of this high-performance lens and the 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor (effective 10 MP) guarantees a high dynamic range and brilliant images that reveal the world.

The new image processor of the D-Lux 6 now enables photography with sensitivities from ISO 80 to ISO 12800. Images can be viewed directly in a choice of four formats, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1, in both capture and review mode on the new 3" LCD monitor screen. The camera monitor, with a wide viewing angle and a resolution of 920,000 pixels, displays the images in superb quality before and after capture. This allows photographers to reliably and precisely assess images both during composition and after capture.

Classical elegance and the finest materials unite in the Leica D-Lux 6, characterized by clear lines and an intensely focused design. All exposed surfaces of the compact metal body are anodized in black. Only a few chromed elements set discreet counterpoints and refine the clarity of the formal vocabulary so typical for Leica. The D-Lux 6 also features an optimized handling concept with clearly laid out functions that makes the camera extremely simple to use.

The distance, shutter speed and exposure corrections can all be set with its ‘clickwheel’ control. The new option for setting the aperture on the lens barrel enables direct control and provides even more scope for creative composition. A second dial on the back of the camera offers manual focusing and the use of a built-in ND filter, for example to allow slower shutter speeds for intentional motion blur, despite intense light.

In addition to its program AE, an automatic exposure mode that gives users more control than full automatic mode, the D-Lux 6 also features a smart snapshot mode. With this option, the camera automatically selects the ISO sensitivity, face recognition, dynamic range adjustment and the most appropriate scene mode. The camera’s integrated optical image stabilizer prevents the effects of camera shake especially in failing light or insufficiently illuminated indoor settings, and when shooting hand-held. Thanks to its new, selectable, spirit level function, precise camera alignment is now easier than ever before.

The D-Lux 6 incorporates a new, Full HD video recording capability that can be started quickly and conveniently by pressing a button on the camera’s top deck. The camera records in AVCHD-Format with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second for perfect rendition of even fast-moving subjects in outstanding detail. Video data can be saved in Internet-compatible MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion. Crystal-clear sound recording is guaranteed by an integrated wind-noise filter that reduces undesirable noise.

A range of optional accessories further increases the versatility of the Leica D-Lux 6. The Leica EVF3 electronic viewfinder with 1.4 megapixel resolution offers particular advantages in extreme lighting situations. It can be mounted on the accessory shoe of the camera and supports Live View, a function that lets the photographer view the subject through the lens and assess the precise composition of the subject. The Leica CF 22 compact accessory flash unit provides additional options for flash exposure and fill-in flash. An accessory handgrip helps to ensure steady and safe handling of the camera. The range of accessories also features a choice of cases and bags. Camera owners can choose from a high-quality camera protector in finest leather, a classically elegant leather case and a system bag for the camera and its accessories.

The Leica D-Lux 6 will be available from Leica dealers, including the Leica Store Washington DC, beginning November 2012. The camera is supplied complete with the professional still picture and video processing software Adobe® Photoshop Lightroom® 4, an additional tool to create truly inspiring digital photography.

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Total comments: 19
somewhatsensible
By somewhatsensible (Dec 7, 2012)

How long does it take for Apple and Adobe to come up with plug-ins for RAW images for a new camera?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 20, 2012)

"and shares that model's key features; a super-fast F1.4-2.3 24-90mm equivalent lens in front of a 10.1MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor. "

Isn't it really a 12Mpix 1/1.7" sensor, and it is just the lens illuminates and the camera uses a smaller 10Mpix part of it? Meaning it has faster lens only because the used area of the sensor is smaller than for other 1/1.7" cameras (kind of like Oly XZ-1 did not use the whole 1/1.63" sensor).

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Sep 18, 2012)

Price? I could use a good chortle ...

2 upvotes
Oddrain
By Oddrain (Sep 22, 2012)

€700 EUR / $900 USD / £600 GBP according to LetsGoDigital

Does anyone know if the Leica version has anything additional to offer over the Panasonic LX7 to justify the additional cost .. other than the little red dot!

I think it comes bundled with Adobe Lightroom?

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 18, 2012)

What no ND Filter Build in or any way of screwing one on, So not better than Sony RX100 ;)

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Sep 18, 2012)

It has an ND. Just press the ND/FOCUS switch...

1 upvote
The Jacal
By The Jacal (Sep 18, 2012)

Yes, look at the pictures.

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 18, 2012)

Smart, It looks like Panasonic understand that you need a ND Filter

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marike6
By marike6 (Sep 17, 2012)

Forgot to mention, the other big difference between this camera and the LX7 is the latter has a fairly decent grip. Both take the same VF-2 that the Panasonic GX1 uses.

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marike6
By marike6 (Sep 17, 2012)

The LX7 is actually a really nice camera that is not getting a whole lot of attention because of the Sony RX100. The thing is, the LX7 may have a smaller sensor, but the lens is much, much faster, and more interesting for portraits. And the LX7 (and the D-Lux 6) has all the video goodness of the RX100: 1080/60 progressive and even a 720 120 fps which is awesome for super slow-mo. All around an excellent camera.

3 upvotes
maboule123
By maboule123 (Sep 17, 2012)

I agree with you. The RX100 hoopla will dither away when buyers will may be facing the same little glitches Sony has shown with the DSC models (hx-30v, hx-20v) by not supplying in some cases the camera manuals (one has to go and download it pdf doc.) Excellent cameras, poor customer relations. I'm still trying to choose between Pany & Sony. Then again, if Charlie Waite finds the LX5 a great little camera, I'm so confident that the LX7 brings us a reinvigorated edition.

2 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (Sep 18, 2012)

The Leica one will get no attention because who want's to pay more for a Re-branded Panasonic

2 upvotes
Oddrain
By Oddrain (Sep 19, 2012)

Agreed the LX7/Dlux6 looks to be an interesting camera no doubt partly due to Leica's influence. Compared with the RX100 I am interested to see which works best in low light ... big aperture or big sensor. From what I have seen so far I'm not totally convinced the RX100 with its big sensor/big pixel count would win in a head to head.

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Sep 20, 2012)

It's a great little camera because Panasonic knows how to make good small cameras, not because Leica sprinkled fairy dust on the the Panasonic engineers. Leica probably gave some assistance with the lens. Maybe. Panasonic has ample experience with lenses, too.

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Oddrain
By Oddrain (Sep 22, 2012)

Agreed Panasonic do know how to create some great cameras, but I think its a reasonable guess that Leica and Panasonic collaborate on these models that are due for re-branding. Why not .. Leica has been building some pretty good cameras for a few years now and I guess they picked up a some useful tips along the way. Either way this looks to be a camera with great promise. Can't wait to try one!

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techmine
By techmine (Sep 17, 2012)

LX7 launched again?

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

When I hear of rebranding, I think of Vivitar, Pro-optic, Opteka, Bower, Rokinon. Etc.
Well, I guess I'll have to add Leica to the list

4 upvotes
privater
By privater (Sep 17, 2012)

you should add it 3 years ago...

7 upvotes
car crocodile
By car crocodile (Sep 18, 2012)

word!

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Total comments: 19