Leica has announced the D-Lux (Typ 109), a compact camera with a 24-75mm equivalent, F1.7-2.8 zoom and a Four Thirds sensor. If those specifications sound familiar, it's probably because they're shared with the Panasonic LX100. The D-Lux will be available in November. A license for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is included.

The D-Lux is expected to cost around £825.00 in the UK or $1,195 in the US.

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The New D-Lux

New York, New York (September 16th, 2014) Leica Camera is proud to present the new D-Lux compact camera. Combining a superior high performance lens, a larger sensor, and an improved processor, the Leica D-Lux is perfect for capturing stunning images on the go. The built-in Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. lens pairs a fast aperture with an impressive zoom range equivalent to 24mm - 75 mm on a 35 mm format sensor. This new model offers a larger Four Thirds sensor that provides a much higher image quality than its predecessor. While the D-Lux’s easy to use automatic modes, manual settings, and video capability are familiar elements from the last model, a new integrated electronic viewfinder with 2.8 MP resolution, Wi-Fi module, and upgraded video quality are sure to set this camera apart from its competitors. These new features combined with a classically elegant design make the new D- Lux a versatile tool to capture impressive images and video.

The Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH zoom lens is perfectly matched to the camera’s larger sensor. With an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600, the D-Lux guarantees pictures with natural colors and exceptional quality. The zoom increases the capabilities for the camera making it ideal for a wide range of photographic applications. The camera also boasts an improved video function of 4k high definition video, a resolution four times higher than full HD.

The Leica D-Lux’s integrated Wi-Fi module allows remote control from a smartphone or tablet to wirelessly transfer still images and videos using a Wi-Fi connection. The free Leica Image Shuttle app enables this feature and is available for all iOS and Android devices. An integrated NFC (Near Field Communication) module quickly and easily sets up a Wi-Fi connection with an NFC-compatible smartphone when the phone is within range.

The effortless transition from automatic to manual settings simplifies image capture. The camera’s integrated electronic viewfinder displays exposure settings identical to those found on the monitor screen ensuring correct exposure. The high-resolution 3” LCD monitor screen is viewable even in bright sunlight.

Complementing the new Leica D-Lux is an extensive range of technical accessories and gear, such as a premium bag, a leather case, a leather protector and the Leica Twist D-Lux (visit www.leica-camera.com for more information).

The camera comes complete with the Leica CF D flash unit. Image processing software from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®, is included in the D-Lux package, allowing a wide range of functions for the management, processing, and presentation of digital images. Complimentary software downloads are available from the Leica website upon camera registration.

The Leica D-Lux and accessories are now available from Leica Stores, Boutiques and dealers from November 2014.

Leica D-Lux specifications

MSRP£895, $1195
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialAluminum
Max resolution4112 x 3088
Other resolutions4112 x 3088, 4272 x 2856, 4480 x 2520, 3088 x 3088, 2976 x 2232, 3120 x 2086, 3840 x 2160, 2240 x 2240, 2048 x 1536, 2112 x 1408, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels13 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF/EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (DNG)
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness
  • Noise Reduction
  • Saturation
  • Color Tone
  • Filter Effect
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–75 mm
Optical zoom3.1×
Maximum apertureF1.7–2.8
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.39×
Viewfinder resolution2,764,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
Flash range7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)405 g (0.89 lb / 14.29 oz)
Dimensions118 x 66 x 55 mm (4.65 x 2.6 x 2.17)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo