Leica D-LUX 2

Announced Oct 1, 2005 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
mark kay
 
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I have owned this camera for a few days and would have to state that I have some mixed opinions. The potential for images from a PandS are outstanding but this is not your typical PandS. One really needs to use the RAW images and make a good workflow for processing. I have used many canon DSLRs, contax medium format and Kodak digital back and a half dozen or so canon PandS cameras during the last 6 years. This is the first small digicam in which I have produced relatively large prints that ...

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ckkong2005
 
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Good colour rendering. Sharp and clean under daylight. (I shoot at setting all to normal). Joystick furnishes the ease of changing ISO/WB/Quality in one button( no need to further jumping to menu and clipping up and down). Having jpeg/tiff /raw output. Actually I do not notice noise anyway, and even print out 8R or 12R at photo shop the picture is good. Problems: The lens cap, sometime, hard to handle and either shields the LCD or the lens; No optical viewfinder; Looks like metal but whiling ...

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Agnelo
 
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This camera takes 7 seconds (an eternity) to save a RAW + JPG file after each shot. Problems: 1. LCD not as bright as necessary to compose frame under daylight. 2. No viewfinder.

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T Thomas
 
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What exactly is naïve about the negative opinions expressed here? These claims may either be correct, or wrong. But naïve? If you, Efraim, hope to be taken seriously you should refute these claims by presenting arguments to the contrary instead of proudly announcing being elevated above the problem (of Leica’s noise), because you “only shoot raw”. Well, congratulations, but if you “only shoot raw” then who needs your judgment on seriousness of a problem that, as you seem to believe, only ...

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efraim
 
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I'm really taken aback by the naïv negative opinions about this camera. Yes, it is noisy above 100 iso (like all cameras I ever had). So what? I only shoot raw, and this little jewel stays in my pockets all the time and delivers images that are as good (if not better thanks to the 16/9 cadrage) as my Canon 200, which I almost don't use any more (too bulky). I never had a camera like this, a real pleasure of crispiness and portatility, wouldn't change it for nothing (well, maybe for a canon ...

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jpr2
 
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I just did what Angela Gold recommended, and the pictures of these two girls are just tiny bit short of outstanding and stunning - no noise, and plenty of smallest details. So, what is up? Are there any sites to download at ISO 400 (mind, not from Panasonic, but from Leica). As to the supposed unavailability - it is for sale now at 700 euros both in France and Belgium at FNAC, prices in US are in $750-800 range.

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Angela Gold
 
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If you want to seee just how bad this camera actually is, then go to Leica's own website and download the two photographers they have on there site taken by a proffessional photographer at 100ASA. View them at 100% to see just how much noise & lack of fine detail there is. Problems: Having had a week test with this camera I found that the build quality and features are great. It is such a same the Leica dicided to use a Panasonic sensor which is known to be such a low quality option on this ...

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Angela Gold
 
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If you want to seee just how bad this camera actually is, then go to Leica's own website and download the two photographers they have on there site taken by a proffessional photographer at 100ASA. View them at 100% to see just how much noise & lack of fine detail there is. Problems: Having had a week test with this camera I found that the build quality and features are great. It is such a same the Leica dicided to use a Panasonic sensor which is known to be such a low quality option on this ...

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Yurigatu
 
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First I'd like to say that the camera does exist.. bought one last saturday, that had been on display for a couple of days. I like this camera. I read the reviews about how noisy it was, but it isnt that bad, well maybe it is, but it's beside the point. I didn't buy just a camera, I bought a way of life, a sense of well being. If anything, this camera makes me a better person. There are better cheaper cameras, but this one makes me happy. (I'll probably edit this later) Problems: jpg quality, ...

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Master Yoda
 
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Well I intentionally skewed the rating back up in an attempt to compensate for the idiots who downrated a camera that doesn't even exist! Seriously folks, just because the Panasonic version has a "noise" issue, doesn't mean the yet-to-be-released Leica version won't in some way be improved. Actually, I blame this site for continuing to allow people to post user reviews of items that thus far don't even exist! Then again, I'm not at all surprised.

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