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Leica D-Lux 4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 329 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and design. The performance and lens also get good reviews, whereas many are negative about the memory and zoom.

portability, lens, performance, design, usability

value for money, shutter, features, zoom, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica D-Lux 4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Deluxe Leica Cam Never Really Sucks


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

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

A gussied up Lumix at double the price. Fiddly controls in manual mode. Viewscreen less sharp than resolution suggests

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Review: Leica D-LUX 4


Leica has a stranglehold on the the hearts and minds of photographers everywhere. Even if the professionals call it a “dentist's camera,” as in a camera that is popular with folks with too much money and not many photography chops, there's something...

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Leica D-LUX 4


The Leica D-LUX 4 introduced by Leica Camera AG, Solms is a compact digital camera with powerful optics and a comprehensive range of settings. What's new about this camera is the wide range of accessories for additionally widening its photographic...


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Leica D-LUX 4


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.

This is not a problem, but it would be nice to have optical viewfinder

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Leica D-LUX 4


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...

No technical problems. The firmware update that solved the white balance problem ; earlier was fine ; The lens cap can be a bit annoying, but I've lived with lens caps for so long it's just ; not an issue

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Leica D-LUX 4


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...

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Leica D-LUX 4


I must say, that I am really dissapointed with this camera. I was looking for a handy compact as back-up for my dSLR. The IQ is generally good, but the noise is overwhelming. I tried to have some prints developed, and these look fine, though. Colours...

Noise ; The dial is too 'loose'. I often seem to have dialed it my accident

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Leica D-LUX 4


I chose this over the Panasonic LX-3 which are basically the same as cameras. I chose it for it's aesthetic look. I know Image quality will be great. No-I did not buy it for the red dot. although if I did not have the extra money, I think I would have...

the video quality seems not as good ..too pixelated on my lap top computer.. and the SOUND/AUDIO is not really good...the ''s" sounds like "Sh ; for the price I paid--I could have just bought the LX3 (but then again at that time I would have saved only...

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Leica D-LUX 4


This is an excellent subcompact digital camera with a modest 2.5x zoom, which my wife likes so much that she has taken it away from me. The large aperature lens permits very versatle available light pictures. I learned while troubleshooting a problem...

My D-LUX 4 has been flawless. After being a leica film camera user for several decades I found the (non US warranty) wide angle Panasonic FX65 with a Leica lens so why not. A big mistake. The FX65 would not produce a decent 8x10 from a full frame....

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Leica D-LUX 4


Just to ease suspicion of manipulative 100% scoring (which is a[n unavoidable...] problem up here, pity for this marvellous site): I OWN the camera, have used it for three months now. Had been informing myself a long time, before buying - about one...

None, absolutely none. Would just like a little more zoom (absence of which is no real "problem", there is still the 10MP if I wish, for distance detail), but I am not prepared to let go the 24mm 2.0 for that. I cannot have the best of both worlds in...

Product Specifications

Leica presents an exclusive special edition of the Leica D-LUX 4 Titanium. It is a further premium quality camera edition in an elegant finish. The Leica D-LUX 4 Titanium now joins the special titanium limited editions of the Leica M7 and Leica MP and a titanium-colored Leica M6 TTL as the first Leica digital camera with the satin finish of anodized titanium. This special version of the Leica D-LUX 4 Titanium is limited to only 10,000 cameras worldwide. The Leica D-LUX 4 Titanium has an unmistakably exclusive look that makes this special edition an elegant collector's piece with its own particular expression of luxury. The camera body of the titanium edition has a particularly luxurious look and feel, but still remains light and extremely resilient. Thus, the Leica D-LUX 4 Titanium has a metal body that has been constructed with the same precision and attention to detail as the standard models, and the exclusive use of the highest quality materials in its construction guarantees users absolute reliability in every situation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pin hole / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset


Model:4/4 Titan
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Leica D-LUX

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.8
Max Focal Length:12.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:2.5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.63"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 mm ( 1/1.63 ) / 15.6 mm ( 1/1.63" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Neutral / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None