On 1st December 2003 Leica announced the all new Digilux 2 digital camera. The five megapixel Digilux 2 has a unique 'retro' design and style with an all metal case and rubber coating which look more like an analogue film camera of the 1970's. The quality 28 - 90 mm equiv. F2.0 - F2.4 Leica lens has the appearance of a removable 35 mm lens (although it is fixed to the camera body). The controls have a tactile response and have been cleverly designed to be used in a fully automatic position or an immediate manual setting.
Leica Digilux 2 vs. Panasonic DMC LC-1
The Leica Digilux 2 was developed in conjunction with Panasonic who have their own version of the camera which has a black body with a molded hand grip, some plastic controls, carries the Panasonic name but is otherwise identical. The most amazing difference is the price, the Panasonic being some $300 cheaper.