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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Digital Camera

Ephotozine Highly Recommended
12.8MP 3.1x MOS Jan 2015
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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23 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Leica camera received a "Highly Recommended" from Ephotozine who thought that this Leica digital camera was great.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This compact camera received an expert rating of 90% from Ephotozine. If all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this digital camera is in the top 19%.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images.

Some Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owners who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine said “High resolution electronic viewfinder” in their review of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109). Ephotozine also mentioned “12fps continuous shooting”.

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewer reckoned that it had a good image sensor. One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner who purchased the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) mentioned that it had a good ISO range. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent high ISO performance”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owners mentioned in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) had a good viewfinder. One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner wrote in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Ephotozine wrote “Sharp EVF” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

A few customers who reviewed the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) concluded that it was good quality. Ephotozine wrote “Excellent build quality” in their Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) review. Ephotozine also said “Very good image quality”. Ephotozine also said “Image quality quickly takes a nose dive with thedigital zoom, also in movie mode”.

Good Quality Lens

Two people who reviewed the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) wrote that it had a good autofocus. In October last year Ephotozine mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Speedy autofocus”.

A few Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owners thought the product had a good lens. Last year Ephotozine said “Excellent 1.7 2.8 Leica lens” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine also mentioned “Small, high quality lens”.

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Robust

A few Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) was well made. Last year expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “A bright f/1.7 - 2.8 Leica lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, built in Wi-Fi”. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera “Electronic viewfinder built, in”.

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) reviewer considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Ephotozine wrote “Rear LCD picks up scratches easily”.

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Easy to Use

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner wrote in their reviews that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) was easy to handle. Ephotozine gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review “Handling could be better”. One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Ephotozine wrote “Excellent control layout” in their review of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109).

Leica Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Leica compact cameras have good reviews as do all digital cameras manufactured by Leica.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer reckoned that this digital camera was noisy. Ephotozine wrote in October last year “Good noise performance” in their review of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) and rated the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) 5 stars.

Good Support

One customer who bought it thought it had good technical guidance. In October last year Ephotozine mentioned in their review “Autofocus is fast and accurate and manual focus easy to do with accuracy” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Size

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was compact. Ephotozine gave the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Large sensor in a compact camera” in their Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) review.

Good Connectivity

One Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) owner thought it was wifi compatible.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The D-Lux (Typ 109) supports WiFi connectivity, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

Other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available which you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] which is cheaper.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than a year, the D-Lux (Typ 109) supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the D-Lux (Typ 109) is more than most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Leica camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The D-Lux (Typ 109) supports a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over one hundred and eight times the video resolution of a 320 x 240 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D-Lux (Typ 109). This digital camera also support video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is equivalent to 4K Ultra HD video. This has four times the detail of Full HD video. Across all cameras that were released one year ago the worst video resolution is 160 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the D-Lux (Typ 109) is more than most digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. This Leica digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent", "Manual" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over nine times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The best video resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D-Lux (Typ 109) the minimum apertures range from 1.7 to 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.5. With a minimum aperture of only 1.7, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras of this age and spec do not have a GPS. The D-Lux (Typ 109) is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price].

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the D-Lux (Typ 109) does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) do not have a built-in flash. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

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Not 3D Compatible

The D-Lux (Typ 109) is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is not waterproof. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than a year are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Across all the compact cameras that came out around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) the megapixel counts range from 12MP to 29MP. With a megapixel count of only 12.8 megapixels, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] (20.1MP) which is also cheaper.

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Only MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other cameras that have a MOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

At only 2.8, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109). Compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) have maximum apertures of between 2.7 and 22.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 75 millimeters, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago. Across all the digital cameras that were released one year ago the maximum focal lengths range from 28mm to 720mm.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109). The flash modes "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Small Extra / Smart Zoom

At only 6.2 times zoom factor, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite small extra / smart zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109). The smallest extra / smart zoom of cameras of a comparable type and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 2x, the biggest is 59x, and the average extra / smart zoom is 16x.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a higher image resolution than most cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This Leica digital camera has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

At only 1,025 milliampere * hour, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than a year. The smallest battery capacity of cameras of this age and type is 1,000mAh and the biggest is 2,600mAh.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

Comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than a year have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 33MP. With a total megapixel count of only 16.8 megapixels, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst digital cameras of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Released Over a Year Ago

This Leica camera has been on the market for over a year.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1[plb_2912864_price] (4.7" and cheaper).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a relatively standard weight (365 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Average Optical Zoom

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a pretty standard optical zoom (3.1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Shutter
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Built-In Flash

1 Award

Ephotozine Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(1)
24 July 2015

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is a Leica branded version of the Panasonic Lumix LX100, and whilst this means the camera is more expensive than the original, it also offers an extended warranty of 3...

Ephotozine

Excellent 1.7 2.8 Leica lens
3 year warranty
External physical controls
Excellent build quality
High resolution electronic viewfinder
No touch screen
Some noise visible in darker areas
Lens flare can be an issue
Lacks front grip
Expensive

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 20 May 2015 by Adam
Adam would recommend the Leica D-Lux Typ 109

This is a great walk around camera. Very good for street photography, and a very fine travel companion when size and weight is an issue. I use it as a secondary camera to my Nikon SLR (D7000). The... Read more…

3 Year Warranty
4k Video Still Shots
Easy to Use
Excellent in Low Light
Fast Shutter Speed
Dxo Support
Limited Zoom
Lag Shutter Delay
Poor Image Stabilization
Short Battery Life

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 18471
Barcodes 00616348087384, 00799429184711, 00799429184766, 04022243184701, 04022243184718

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