Leica D-LUX4 and C-LUX 3

The D-Lux 4 and C-Lux 3 are two new compact digital cameras launched by Leica at Photokina 2008. The ethos of both cameras is to provide artistic freedom with outstanding quality, in an alluring and elegant form. The D-Lux 4 and C-Lux 3 would feel instinctive and natural to all photographers, but Leica has tailored each camera to two distinct types of user.

Leica D-Lux 4

The Leica D-Lux 4 is about full photographic control – the shutter speed, aperture, focus and further options are completely under your command when it’s ‘time’ to break out from the intelligent automatic mode. The 10.1 megapixel resolution of D-Lux 4 remains unchanged from the D-Lux 3. The native aspect ratio of the camera is 16:9, used by many widescreen TVs, with the option to use 4:3 or 3:2 ratios at a reduced resolution.

One substantial change in the Leica D-Lux 4 is the new 24-60mm focal length, previously 28-112mm in the D-Lux 3. The new lens has a fast maximum aperture of f2.0-2.8 (varying according to the focal length). This sharp 2.5x zoom lens contains aspherical elements, allowing the D-Lux 4 to produce images with exceptional quality.

At a glance the LCD screen of the D-Lux 4 appears similar in size to the D-Lux 3 (it has increased from 2.8” to 3.0”) however the major development is the resolution increase from 207k pixels to 460k pixels. Although trailing behind some new digital SLRs sporting 960k pixel LCD screens, it still represents a welcome improvement and a distinguishing factor from competitors in the compact camera arena.

Leica have released a selection of accessories, allowing you to enhance your D-Lux 4’s  potential. These include a filter adapter, small external flash unit (CF 22), 24mm rangefinder-style viewfinder and an additional handgrip to improve handling.

Leica C-Lux 3

The Leica C-Lux 3 is a digital camera which embraces simplicity without sacrificing features – the clean fashionable design is available in black or white, both in a high gloss finish. The resolution has been upgraded from 7.2 megapixels in the C-Lux 2 to a useful 10.1 megapixels – perfect for larger prints or cropping images at a later stage.

The 28-100mm lens found in the C-Lux 2 has been replaced with a 25-125mm f2.8-5.9 lens (5x zoom). The wider initial focal length will be invaluable for group photos or interiors, whilst the additional telephoto range will allow tighter framing of distant subjects.

Leica D-Lux 4 and C-Lux 3 at Photokina 2008