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Leica D-Lux 4 - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith

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Leica D-Lux 4

Summary

Our Score:

9

Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality. These pictures were taken indoors using shaded natural light.

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This is the full frame at 80 ISO.

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At the minimum ISO setting the image quality is every bit as good as the LX3.

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Almost no difference at 100 ISO.

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Still no problems at 200 ISO.

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There is a little noise visible at 400 ISO.

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More noise is visible at 800 ISO, but it is well handled.

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At 1600 ISO there is quite a bit of noise and some colour distortion.

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3200 ISO is looking pretty shabby.

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This is the full frame at 3200 ISO.

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Lee Moorhouse

February 6, 2010, 9:54 pm

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?

ilovethemonkeyhead

February 6, 2010, 10:44 pm

loving the spot the difference competition on the last page ;D





the 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?

kelsci

February 7, 2010, 2:44 pm

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.

Cliff Smith

February 7, 2010, 9:12 pm

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.

Ivan

February 8, 2010, 2:51 am

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.

Kevin Allen

May 7, 2010, 7:16 pm

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.

iggle_piggle

March 16, 2013, 11:24 am

You pay a lot for the little red leica badge.

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