Leica D-Lux 5 – Featured User Review

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Leica D-Lux 5 Premium Compact Digital CameraThanks to PhotographyREVIEW.com member Chris Kilham for posting our first Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera review. The D-Lux 5 is Leica’s red-dot version of the Panasonic Lumix LX5 premium compact digital camera. In both cases it’s a 10-megapixel camera with a 3.8x Leica zoom lens, HD video and RAW capability. So why would anyone pay $799 for the Leica version when they could get the Panasonic LX5 for $400 less? That’s a damn good question and part of the reason I chose this as a Featured User Review. Something Leica doesn’t advertise well is that the D-Lux 5 uses different JPEG processing from the Panasonic. It compresses the files less and delivers images with more natural color and smoother tonal blends. Leica also offers a much better warranty than Panasonic. For some photographers, the D-Lux 5 is worth the extra money. Regardless, there’s more to the Leica D-Lux 5 than that sexy red dot.

Ok, I release you to read Chris Kilham’s Leica D-Lux 5 review now. And if anyone reading this has a Leica D-Lux 5 or the Panasonic Lumix LX5, please write your own review. Every review counts and your reviews are the foundation of this site.

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Featured Review: Leica D-Lux 5

by Chris Kilham (Expert)

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Review Date: December 12, 2010
Used product for: 1 to 3 months

Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5

With the D Lux 5, Leica has finally succeeded in producing a very fine and affordable small-sized camera. They must have gotten tired of being the left-behinds as Cann, Sony and other camera makers surpassed them year after year. I have shot for six years with A Sony DSC V-3, an astonishing workhorse of a camera with the best Zeiss lens Sony ever put into a point and shoot. And I waited until I found a camera that could surpass this one. The Leica D Lux 5 is it.

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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