Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium review

Limited edition luxury version of the D-Lux 5 compact camera

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For

  • Metal body exudes class
  • Feature-packed for a compact camera
  • Film simulation and My Colour modes work in video and still modes
  • Cheap for a Leica

Against

  • Expensive for a gloried snapshot camera
  • No handgrip
  • Video capture not quite instantaneous
  • Movies shot not in Full HD
  • Pictures suffer from pixel fringing and blown highlights

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is one of our favourite premium grade compact cameras, which means our hopes for the nigh identical 10.1MP, 3.8x optical zoom Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium are as high as the price tag. Yes, owning a Leica camera with its famous little red dot logo costs a lot, with little concession made to market competitiveness.

The silver-grey metal Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium is, however, still one of the least expensive cameras to bear the brand's hallmark, costing £855 in the UK and $1,195 in the US, compared to the £1,400 or $2,000 Leica X1. Leica also throws in a luxurious matching leather carry case.

If the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium still sounds prohibitively pricey, the regular Leica D-Lux 5 is a comparative bargain, at £650 or $800. Cheaper competitors include the Canon PowerShot S100, Canon PowerShot G12, Nikon Coolpix P7100 and Fuji FinePix X10.

Like the Panasonic Lumix LX5, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium features an 11.3MP, 1/1.63-inch CCD sensor at its core, plus a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture that, along with an ISO range topping out at ISO 12800, suggests this is an able tool for low-light photography.

The compact camera also captures 1280 x 720 pixels video at 30 frames per second (fps) in a choice of AVCHD or Motion JPEG formats, with a dedicated red record button above and to the right of the top plate.

Both still images and videos are composed with the aid of the 3-inch LCD screen at the back, which offers a clear 460k dot resolution. A vacant accessory port just above the display enables an optional electronic viewfinder to be attached.

A pop-up flash is sunk within the camera's top plate and manually activated by a thumb switch. As with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, we also get a vacant hotshoe on the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium for an extra accessory flash.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourTitanium
Optical Zoom3.8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameLeica
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance, Self-timer, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)270 g
Image Sensor Size1/1.63" (8.08 mm x 6.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66 mm
Width110 mm
Depth43 mm
Focal Length5.10 mm to 19.20 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerLeica Microsystems GmbH
Product ModelD-LUX 5
Product NameD-LUX 5 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Speed Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number18157
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.leica-camera.com
Marketing Information

The D-Lux 5 is a true Leica, not only in terms of its elegant design but also in its superior optical performance. The result are images of excellent quality.

This versatile compact camera featuring a fast Leica Summicron zoom lens with focal-lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), is the perfect camera for a broad spectrum of photgraphic situations: from macro and wide angle architecture to landscape, from reportage to portrait and available-light photography. Manual setting options and an extensive range of accessories provide even greater creative freedom. With such versatile performance in such a compact package, the D-Lux 5 is the perfect companion whenever you seek inspiration - in Berlin or anywhere else in the world.