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

As one would expect, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium looks very clean and minimalist from the front, feels substantial when held in the palm thanks to that metal exterior, yet is also lightweight enough to be carried in a jacket pocket.

The camera's dimensions are 110 x 66 x 43mm and the Leica weighs 270g with a rechargeable battery and SD card inserted. But what we miss here is anything approaching a proper handgrip. It's around 10mm wider than comparable compact cameras, such as Canon's PowerShot S100, by virtue of the fact that, like the Canon with its narrower lens ring, some functionality has been packed into the lens surround.

There are two lens-encircling switches on the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium. One is for altering image aspect ratios with a thumb flick, from regular 4:3 aspect ratio to 3:2, 16:9 or - more unusually - 1:1, without having to drill down into the menu screens. The other is for swapping focus modes from Auto to Macro (up to 1cm from a subject) and on to Manual shooting mode.

A further time saver comes via the Panasonic-originated Q.Menu button on the back of the camera. A press of this calls up a toolbar of essential options along the top of the screen, which can quickly be tabbed through and its drop down options selected.

If we've an issue with the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium's altogether luxurious build it's that the backplate buttons appear as if they were derived from the humble £199 Panasonic Lumix camera they undoubtedly are. Although this feels like nit picking, these are tiny and so require fingernail precision to operate.

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.