Conclusion: Would I buy one? No way. I am much more impressed with the M9 and X1 . Should you buy one? Absolutely! Marketing arrangements like reselling Panasonic cameras is what helps Leica make enough money so that they can continue to develop fantastic new lenses like the 35mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX ASPH and 18mm...
Summary: Stylish, compact, and capable of yielding impressive results, the D-Lux 4 is a joy to use for the most part. Some of the smaller yet still powerful features – such as 1:1 ratio shooting – will see traditionalists kept happy, and the 24mm wideangle lens is of excellent quality.
Pros: Lens quality, build quality and design, Raw shooting and Capture One 4
Excerpt: If you’re serious about your pictures but wary of lugging around your SLR, you’ve had an embarrassment of riches in the last couple years, thanks to an array of plush, full featured point-and-shoots.
Pros: HD video. Awesomely vivid and accurate colors. Gorgeous leather accessories optional. Long warranty. Three aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, and 16:9). A pop-up flash that’s manually deployed: No more unintended bursts. Solid battery life.
Cons: A gussied up Lumix at double the price. Fiddly controls in manual mode. Viewscreen less sharp than resolution suggests.
Leica's D-LUX4 is a stylish digital camera for enthusiast photographers looking for something small yet feature-rich.
Good Gear Guide.au
8 May 2010
Summary: Leica's D-LUX 4 looks very stylish and it takes clear and natural-looking photos. It has good speed, plenty of manual settings, and its scene modes are very useful. However, you do have to forego a sizable chunk of your income to procure it.
Pros: Looks and feels good, full set of manual features, useful scene modes, built-in image stabilisation
Cons: Distortion at wide angles, some chromatic aberration, noticeable noise above ISO 400
Excerpt: If you're serious about your pictures but wary of lugging around your SLR, you've had an embarrassment of riches in the last couple years, thanks to an array of plush, full featured point-and-shoots.
Summary: Eagle-eyed readers will have noted that all the forgoing is the same as for the Panasonic Lumix LX-3. They are virtually identical cameras. Only the body shape is different. Oh, and the price! $829 for the Panasonic and $1650 for the Leica.
Pros: Image quality at low ISO speeds is exceptionally fine. At ISO400 a little noise is apparent, but we found that shooting RAW and applying a small amount of noise reduction in Adobe Camera RAW removed the grain. Response times are very fast. The Leica branded lens, with its modest zoom range, is su...
Cons: The lack of an integrated optical viewfinder is a disappointment. We would have settled for a smaller LCD and an in-body viewfinder coupled to the lens zoom.
Excerpt: LOWDOWN: This is a 10-megapixel camera with a 24-60mm (film equivalent), fast (f2-f2.8) zoom lens. It has effective optical stabilisation. Construction quality is outstanding, with most important controls accessible on the camera body.