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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Hands-on Preview

We go hands-on with the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) serious compact camera, with a Micro Four Thirds sensor, a bright Leica lens, and 4K video recording.

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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Hands-on Preview: Leica D Lux (11)
The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is based on the Panasonic Lumix LX100, and features a large 12.8 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, a bright f/1.7 - 2.8 Leica lens equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, built in Wi-Fi, an electronic viewfinder, and 4K video recording. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) will be available for £825 and includes a 3 year warranty as well as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Features

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Hands-on Preview: Leica D Lux (12)

Key Features

  • Multi-aspect ratio 12.8mp Micro Four Thirds Sensor (16mp total pixels), 1.33inch
  • 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens, 9 blades
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch screen, 921k dot
  • EVF, 2.7m dot, near AdobeRGB colour reproduction, eye-detection
  • Aperture / Shutter control dials
  • Exposure compensation dial (+/-3)
  • Manual Focus Assist / Focus peaking
  • 4K video recording, 4K photo priority mode (30fps)
  • Wi-Fi / NFC / QR Code connectivity / Geotagging
  • 11fps continuous shooting
  • 22 filters
  • 3cm macro focus
  • Rubber front / rear

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Handling

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Hands-on Preview: Leica D Lux (10)

With numerous physical switches, controls and dials, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is pleasing to hold and feels good in the hand, making it enjoyable to change settings such as aperture, shutter and exposure compensation. With direct control to these settings it's easy to learn and see what changing these settings does, using either the constant preview or function button (set to preview). The camera is missing the front rubber grip from the LX100, although there is a small but effective rubber thumb grip on the rear of the camera. The metal bodied camera feels very well built with re-assuring clicks to the dials and switches.

You can use the lens ring to set the zoom position in steps from 24mm to 75mm, or use the zoom ring around the shutter release button for more precise control over the zoom position. The setting changed by the lens ring can be customised in the camera menus to alter zoom, step zoom, ISO, white balance, filter or turned off completely. 

The camera has 49 focus points along with Zebra display, focus peaking, manual focus, face and eye detection, AF tracking, pinpoint focus, and custom focus positions that can be setup. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) looks good with a quick refresh rate and high resolution of 2.7million dots (2,764K dots to be precise), with near AdobeRGB colour reproduction, and an eye-detection sensor means the camera will automatically switch to the EVF when held up to the eye. There is a rubber surround around the electronic viewfinder, along with a dioptre adjustment dial, making it comfortable for glasses wearers. 

 

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Hands-on Preview: Leica D Lux (7)

The menus are clearly laid out and will be familiar to anyone who has used other Panasonic or Panasonic based Leica cameras. There is a built in guide on the menu options making it easy to use the camera and change settings without having to study the manual. The Q Menu button gives quick access to common options on the rear screen, and there is access to numerous controls without having to go into the menus thanks to lots of buttons and switches on the camera. 

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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Specifications

ManufacturerLeica
Lens
Max Aperturef/1.7 - f/2.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 75mm
Optical Zoom3.1x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4112
Pixels (H)3088
Sensor TypeLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
    Exposure Control
    Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
    Shutter speeds longestNo Data
    Bulb modeNo Data
    Exp modes
      Metering
        ISO sensitivity80 - 25600
        White balance
        • Auto
        • Manual
        • Outdoors/Daylight
        • Cloudy
        • Incandescent
        • Shade
        • Flash
        Exposure Comp+/-3
        Shooting Options
        Continuous shooting11fps
        Video
        Movie modeYes
        Video Resolution
        • 1920x1080 FullHD
        • 4K
        Video FPS30
        Stereo SoundYes
        Optical Zoom with VideoYes
        Other Features
        Image StabilisationYes
        Interface
        HDMIYes
        USBUSB 2
        Wi-FiYes
        Storage
        Card Type
        • SD
        • SDHC
        • SDXC
        File Type
        • RAW
        • JPG
        • RAW + JPG
        Power Source
        Battery TypeLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025 mAh, 7.4 Wh)
        Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots
        Box Contents
        Box ContentsDigital camera, flash (Leica CF D), battery, battery charger, USB cable, neck strap, lens cap with string, hot shoe cover, instructions, CD with instructions, guarantee card.
        Dimensions
        Weight365g
        Width117.8mm
        Height66.2mm
        Depth55mm

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        mikesavage Avatar
        mikesavage 21 299 2 England
        9 Oct 2014 6:16PM
        The only thing I don't understand about this camera: why is the exposure compensation dial only marked in whole stops? Okay, I presume that when you turn it, it's click-stopped in one-third stop intervals, but isn't it customary to put markers at intermediate settings? The Panasonic LX100 has, not surprisingly.
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