Conclusion: In shape, feel and spec the Leica is nearly identical to the (considerably cheaper) Panasonic LX5 – but with a longer warranty, reworked interface, and different firmware. The hotshoe supports external flashes as well as Leica’s electronic viewfinder (around US$560).
Conclusion: A pop-up flash is sunk within the camera's top plate and manually activated by a thumb switch. As with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, we also get a vacant hotshoe on the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium for an extra accessory flash.
Conclusion: The high-end Leica D-Lux 5 point-and-shoot camera comes with a sky-high sticker price, but includes the $300 Adobe Lightroom software package. Sharp images and laudable low-light performance make it an appealing option for well-heeled enthusiasts.
Pros: Sharp images. Good video quality. Adobe Lightroom software included. Optional EVF available.
Summary: Leica has taken the already stylish D-Lux 5 and clad it with an anodised layer of titanium. It’s a beautiful camera – and the Italian leather case that comes with it ain’t too shabby either. You also get a copy of Adobe Lightroom 3 in the box to help with processing your shots. Those accoutrements and that design go some way towards justifying its terrifying price tag.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is one of our favourite premium grade compact cameras, which means our hopes for the nigh identical 10.1MP, 3.8x optical zoom Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium are as high as the price tag. Yes, owning a Leica camera with its famous little red dot logo costs a lot, with little concession made to market competitiveness.
Excerpt: If you are getting a sense of déjà vu from one look at this Leica, you'd be right to trust your instincts. The D-Lux 5 is its maker's near like-for-like interpretation of Panasonic's well-received Lumix DMC-LX5, which hit the shelves last year at around £450. Except that the version with the famous red dot logo we're testing here, in an 'it's Christmas so let's push the boat out' type of way, is the outwardly gorgeous limited edition D-Lux 5 Titanium.
Summary: Even I would admit that £1,000-plus, with accessories, is a healthy old price for a compact digital camera. However, the new Leica D-Lux 5 is far, far beyond the ordinary. I don’t know how Leica does it – whether it’s in the lens or the electronics – but even non-photography-savvy people stop and stare at the photos produced with it. They have a clarity and punch you simply don’t see in non-Leicas.
Summary: Продвинутая модель компактной камеры Leica D-Lux 5 стоит немалых денег, но поставляется вместе с программой Adobe Lightroom, рыночная цена которой составляет 300 долларов. Четкие изображения и достойное похвалы качество снимков при низкой освещенности делают эту камеру привлекательным вариантом для обеспеченных фотолюбителей.
Pros: Четкие изображения. Отличное качество видео. Adobe Lightroom включен в комплект поставки. Доступен оптический видоискатель.
Cons: Дорогая. Ограниченный диапазон зума. Нет GPS-приемника.