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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Digital Camera

Ephotozine Highly Recommended
12.8MP 3.1x MOS Jan 2015
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Fast And Fantastic The Incredibly Fast Lens Of all the Leica compact cameras, the D-Lux has one of the fastest lenses. Its zoom lens is perfectly matched to its large sensor. With an impressive... More
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23 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Leica digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by Ephotozine who thought that this camera was very good.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This compact camera received an expert rating of 90% from Ephotozine. That puts this camera in the top 15% of all the cameras of a comparable age and type.

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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Leica Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Compact cameras produced by Leica have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Leica also has good ratings across its entire range.

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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).

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 Stabilizer

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The D-Lux (Typ 109) supports wi-Fi, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

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

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 the most common video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. In addition, this camera support video resolutionss 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. Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109) video resolutionss range from 160 x 120 pixels to 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Has Seven White Balances

The D-Lux (Typ 109) has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the D-Lux (Typ 109). The white balances "Auto", "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this digital camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Supports Nine ISO Sensitivitys

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports 6 and 400 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this Leica camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Digital cameras of this age and spec have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 28mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 24mm.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of digital cameras of this type and age is 2.4. With a minimum aperture number of only 1.7, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst compact cameras of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) do not support Full HD video. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of this spec and age are not waterproof. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the D-Lux (Typ 109) are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The D-Lux (Typ 109) does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the D-Lux (Typ 109), the D-Lux (Typ 109) does not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The D-Lux (Typ 109) does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) also do not have a built-in flash.

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Very Low Megapixel

Across all the compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) the megapixels range from 12MP to 29MP, and the average megapixel is 21MP. With a megapixel of only 12.8 megapixels, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has one of the lower megapixels amongst digital cameras of this age.

If this Leica digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] (20.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than a year. Across all the compact cameras that are a comparable age to the D-Lux (Typ 109) the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 22.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109) range from 28mm to 600mm. At only 75 millimeters, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released one year ago.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Leica camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109). The flash modess "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Leica digital camera.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

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

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has one of the less total megapixelss (only 16.8 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D-Lux (Typ 109) the total megapixelss range from 16MP to 33MP.

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

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Leica released the D-Lux (Typ 109).

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D-Lux (Typ 109).

If this compact camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to consider including the PowerShot G3 X[pl_2933317_price], or the PowerShot G3 X[pl_2933317_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 365 grams, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a CCD sensor type.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 3.1 times zoom factor, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot G3 X[plb_2933317_price] (25x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Shutter
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Wrist Strap Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
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 18470
Barcodes 00799429184711, 04022243184701

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