By Cliff Smith
Reviewed: 6 Feb 2010
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Leica D-LUX 4 10.1 MP Digital Camera - Black
LEICA D-LUX 4 Get the leica feel.
Leica D-Lux 4 Black
I bought the LX3 Dec' 08 and it has been fantastic. It was a toss up between the LX3 and the Canon G10, but thanks to the reviews on TR, I picked the better camera. I didn't realise Panasonic had stopped making the LX3, can you still buy lenses/barrels/filters etc?
loving the spot the difference competition on the last page ;Dthe colour seem a little icy on the lx3, when compared to the dx 4 (i refuse to say "deluxe") - is that normal, or just the settings where the lx3 has been used and calibrated a little more?
I looked at the two photos from the LX3 and the DX 4. IMHO the pic from the Panasonic looked sharper. Colors etc. looked the same.
ilovethemonkeyhead - Both cameras are virtually new, having each taken only a few hundred shots. For the test shots both were set on aperture priority at f/5.6 and 100 ISO. The Leica's meter set a shutter speed of 1/125th, while the LX3 set 1/100th.If you open both images in a photo editor and flick between them, the Leica does seem to have a slightly warmer tone, although that could just be down to variations in auto white balance. The file sizes are slightly different too, with the LX3 producing a slightly larger file.
There are at least four reasons to explain the premium price compared to the LX3. One: you'll get more for a Leica when you decide to re-sell your D-Lux4. Two: Leica has a reputation of offering much better (and longer) technical support compared to Panasonic. Three: the software that comes with the camera is better/more expensive. Four: You get 2 years of warranty (compared to 1 for the LX3).FWIW, I 'm a very happy LX3 owner.
The software that comes with the camera - Capture One 4 - is very good but Leica have just e-mailed me to say it is not compatible with Windows 7. As I bought the camera last week and run Windows 7 I am less than happy.Apparently Capture One 5 is compatible with Windows 7 and can be had for 299 euro or $399.
You pay a lot for the little red leica badge.
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