Leica Digilux 1

Announced Feb 24, 2002 •
4 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 33 – 100 mm (3×)
AhKai
 
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After all these years, I still have this camera. Two things I dislike about this camera. 1) No B&W option 2) Battery life is just too short Good thing is that you can recharge the battery with the camera.

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pablolie
 
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a review on a 9 years old camera is always going to look very different. this camera is not and has never been *great*, even in his heyday you had to wrestle with it to truly get the best out of it. but to this day i have not given it away, and to this day i will use it as a "special" camera when i want a different "look" to what i am doing. the redeeming features are: * beautiful design. to this day it is a showstopper. and it is built very, very neatly; a very satisfying tactile and visual ...

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NoRules
 
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To explain the rating; This camera is buildt like a tank. The features are few, and thank God for that. Only the Ricoh GR-D comes close, so maybe it should have gotten five stars instead of two? I chose to give image quality five stars, because of the corner to corner sharpness, unlike almost all compacts today. Noise reduction is poor, and that gives me the choise of choosing the level of NR in PP. Cudos to Leica. Only Ricoh and Olympus have chosen same aproach. To me, sharpness is everythin ...

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Denis Waugh 1
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It was a great camera to start shooting digital photography. Quirky, original, fun to use. Construction quality not great. But four years on I still look at it with fondness. It's still used regularly, but now by my daughter. I now shoot with a Leica Digilux 3. The digital clock moves on at an alarming pace...

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John E Golden
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I recently bought this camera used because of the magical Leica name even though this 4 MP Model is almost five years old. I’m thinking that 10 MP with one of the small sensors that comes with these new automatic cameras is a cruel marketing joke. Used within it’s quirky constraints, the Leica Digilux 1 is capable of superb images. Pros: - Great Pictures in Natural Light. - Awesome Macros. - Built of die cast magnesium and like a 'tank.' - Really Terrific 2.5 inch, 205,000 Pixel LCD Screen. ...

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John Crawley
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I have just returned from a trip to Canada (great country!!!) and I took with me on this trip my old and trusted Digi1. I could have taken my Nikon D50 with multiple lenses, but I chose the D1 because of its ease of use. I have never encountered the soft focus problem you read about from some shooters. I took several hunded shots and I wold say 80% of them turned out to be beautiful photographs. The other 20% were might fault as a photographer...waiting to long to snap the shutter or ...

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Iron Flatline
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Well, this camera was one of the great disappointments in my photographic life. Admittedly, this camera is several years old now and can't be compared to any recent product, but some of the issues here are inexcusable. What really makes it worse is that I have a Canon S300 from the same years that had all of these issues sorted out already, so there is no excuse for a manufacturer of Leica's caliber to have released a product like this. I am a very active hobbyist, and own several late-model ...

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philiphurst
 
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It might seem odd to be writing a review of a digital camera that is 3+ years old now. Technology has moved on, pixel concentration seems to double every 6 months . . . The Leica Digilux 1 uses a 4 megapixel sensor; these days even inexpensive compact cameras boast 5 or even 7 megapixels. Why, then, am I moved to write a comment about what may seem like a dinosaur among digital cameras? Frankly, I just don't recognise what some other people have written about this camera. In fact, I consider ...

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I am a pro photographer. I have always used film cameras (Nikon, Hasselblad). I decided this to be my first digital camera. I bought it for an insane price of 1200 Euro in Spain (2002) so now it’s already 3 years using it. *** Very few PROs: Nice big LCD screen but useless under sunny light conditions. Nice ‘retro’ design but not ergonomic at all to handle. Battery life quite acceptable, but very expensive price for spare Leica batteries. *** Huge amounts of CONs: Not the price you’d pay for ...

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Stan-o-Stan
 
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i have been use the digilux 1 for 2 years now, and a lot. It was intended as a back up to my 6x6 rolliflex and has somehow taken over, and I love 6x6! maybe it's the addictive 'instantness' that always reminds me of shooting polaroids. Anyhow I've enjoyed it very much. It's simple and versatile and the massive LCD is a winner. I don't know why more camera's have big lcd's it's such a part of shooting digital. Great feel to the images, good camera, but... Problems: after such extensive use I ...

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