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The compact nature of the D-Lux 4 means it can be with you all the time. But despite its compact size, it o... See full description.
  • Compact
  • 3648x2736 pixels

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The compact nature of the D-Lux 4 means it can be with you all the time. But despite its compact size, it offers top Leica quality and gives the photographer plenty of artistic freedom. The D-Lux 4 is ideal, whether for subjects composed with lots of forethought or for spontaneous reportage. The high-aperture professional lens

The Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens 1:2.0-2.8/5.1-12.8 ASPH is a high-aperture lens for digital compact cameras that allows the real enthusiast to work with an open shutter. Its high speed makes the Leica D-Lux 4 ideal for available light exposures. Whether in poor light or for selective use of field depth, the lens of the Leica D-Lux 4 gives the photographer scope for highly individual picture composition. The aspherical zoom lens with a focusing range of 24-60 mm opens up new creative options in reportage photography.
The lens design consists of eight elements, of which four are aspherical. These are matched individually to the camera sensor, working in harmony with the electronics and software, to produce stunningly brilliant pictures in true-to-life colours.

Powerful sensor

At a standard resolution of 10.1 megapixels, the overlarge size of the 1/1.63" CCD image sensor increases image quality distinctly. The smallest details of the subject are reproduced exactly. The D-Lux 4 can take photos in all three formats (4:3/3:2/16:9) to suit the particular recording or playback situation. On the 3" LCD monitor with a resolution of 460,000 pixels, pictures can be viewed and assessed in excellent quality before and after they are taken. Leica Camera AG has developed its own unique colour matching, contrast and picture definition profile which produces digital characteristics complimentary to Leica M film photography.

More creative possibilities

The ergonomic layout of controls and intuitive operating system make it a pleasure to handle the D-Lux 4. Focus, shutter speed, stops and exposure override can all be set manually with the joystick giving the real enthusiast scope for highly individual picture composition. Of course you can also use the intelligent automatic mode: Depending on the subject and photographic situation, the camera automatically selects the best mode from Scene Select, either macro, landscape, portrait, night portrait, or night scene. The professional software Capture One 4 (RAW data converter) makes sure that the RAW data supplied by the CCD sensor is “processed” in optimum quality. Data recording can be in Fine, Standard, RAW or combinations. The D-Lux 4 is also prepared for photos in HDTV format with a HD port for TV connection.

Expandable, just like a small system camera

The D-Lux 4 is a real Leica, not just in its design, its looks, and its performance, but also its being the first Leica digital compact camera that can be used with an extensive range of accessories – just like a system camera. To the accessories

product specification
Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736 pixels
Optical zoom ratio 3x optical zoom
Screen size 3"
Digital zoom ratio 4x digital zoom
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SD Card storage
Media format SDHC Card storage
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 228g
Flash No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed 1/2000 min. shutter speed
Longest shutter speed 1/60 max. shutter speed
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 108.7x59.5x44mm
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.0-2.8 max. aperture lens 1
In-built memory Internal Storage: 50 MB
Release date 1 Nov 2009
Height in mm 60
Width in mm Width: 109mm
Depth in mm 27
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length 60 Millimetres
Lowest focal length 24 Millimetres