Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium review

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

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Leica d lux 5 titanium review

Nobody would look at the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium and imagine it offered excellent value for money. But then, those it's being marketed to are unlikely to be particularly aggrieved that it doesn't.

The value option is to go for the excellent Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 instead, which is the same camera but without the Leica badge, and was retailing from £300 at the time of writing (through some of the retailers listed in the side bar of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review).

But while it's not great value, that doesn't stop the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium from being a very capable compact camera - if you're basically happy to point and shoot for the most part.

Although it doesn't offer Full HD video, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium's on-board digital filters and colour options can be accessed when shooting video, via a dedicated video option on the shooting dial mode in conjunction with the dedicated record button.

So while it may not be an option for anyone looking for a best buy, if you can live without Full HD and the latest gimmicks such as integral GPS or 3D mode, then the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium may be the only premium point and shoot pocket camera you'll ever need.

We liked

Unlike most lens-swappable compact system cameras (CSCs), the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium is a truly pocket camera that offers plenty of control over images if you want it, or not if you don't. It has substantial build quality that befits the Leica branding (albeit borrowed heavily from a Panasonic).

We disliked

The nigh identical yet non-titanium Panasonic version of this camera, the Panasonic Lumix LX5, is miles cheaper. Also the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium misses a proper hand grip, which makes it a bit slippery in the palm. Image quality is good but not quite as stunning as other cameras at this price point.

Final verdict

Yes, brand loyalty aside, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium is incredibly expensive for what could be classed as a glorified snapshot camera. And for all its metal-bodied luxury it really is that at its core - it fits in your pocket and the lens on the front cannot be changed. But at least it is a well above average one.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
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.