Excerpt: Purchased a D-LUX 4 two years ago, I love this camera, the quality the feel and the way it looks. Have added a hot shoe cover and an aluminum finger grip for a bit of extra comfort. Results from this camera are very good, not the best and it can be a bit slow prosessing images, but its still my preferred choice of camera.
Summary: I have always favored compact cameras than slugging the DSLR, lenses and accessories when travelling. I like to travel light and have something unobtrusive to capture those wonderful places and memorable experiences. The Leica D-Lux4 was a dream come true. I really enjoyed using this camera. And the images it produces are priceless.
Summary: i absolutely love my DLUX 4....what a delightful small camera. easy to carry around. reasonable build quality for this price level. great images. i understand this is a duplicate of a certain panasonic. if so, get either, unless you care about the red logo...which i DO!!! i am a leica fan...but given you can probably buy its panasonic equivalent (parallel?) for about half the price, or even less, that diminishes the value of this leica, and my rating.
Summary: I owned the D-Lux 4 for about a year and a half. It was my primary camera for that entire period. In full disclosure, the camera that preceded it was the Nikon D90, and the camera that came after was the Canon T2i. In comparison to the D90, the D-Lux 4 was a happy replacement...At first. I was thrilled to be getting such great images from such a tiny device. It was great...At first. I quickly became restless at its limitations.
Excerpt: From the incredible finish(limited edition titanium) to the heft, the silent action, the fabulous color, detail and wide perspective setting, this is a great great classic camera. Images have been blown up to beyond 20x30 and look great. Problems: A bit more visual noise than with my Nikon d300, but even the noise has structure and makes sense. Does that make sense?
Summary: When the D Lux 4 first came out it looked so similar to the D Lux 3 I already had that I did not consider buying it, but then I read about two things that sold it to me: 1) the faster, wider lens and 2) availability of the external optical viewfinder. I ended up getting the Titanium edition set, which includes a mathcing "ever ready" case, but in practice I find the standard black leather case easier to use (yes, bought that too!).
Summary: Fantastic and superbly versatile compact digital camera. The lens is really great (although it has easily noticeable barrel distortion at the wide end, hence four stars and not five) and the sensor too. Great in low light. User interface is easy to learn and pleasant to use; I'm used to Canon digitals since the EOS D30 in 2001 but quickly became Leica-acclimated with this camera.
Excerpt: This is the best compact digital camera I have used. Excelent IQ, with very good contrast and excelent colors. The "vivid" colors and the "Dynamic B&W" are really good. Easy to use and very good image up to 400ASA. Problems: This is not a problem, but it would be nice to have optical viewfinder.
Excerpt: I have had this camera for over a year now and the secret to taking the best images possible is to ONLY shoot RAW and process your white balance and post adjustments in Lightroom or Aperture. I have blown up several large prints and everyone that looks at them thinks they must have been taken with a DSLR. Yes, they are that good. The wide angle (24mm) is awesome and fun to play with.
Excerpt: I've been using this camera for about a year and a half now, and it is very much my camera of choice. I've been an SLR and DSLR user for longer than I care to remember, and still like the feel and solidity of an SLR (and the sound the shutter); but the reality is that I don't carry one of those around all the time. So the D-Lux 4 has been the camera to take to various parts of the world, and various climate conditions, and it's held up very well.