Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Review

January 12, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is a premium compact camera which incorporates a large Micro Four Thirds sensor. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) features 4K video recording at 25/24fps including the ability to extract high-resolution 8 megapixel images from the 4K video, a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens, high-speed AF in approximately 0.14 seconds, built-in Live View Finder (LVF) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD screen with 921k-dot resolution, an ISO range of 100-25600, high speed burst shooting at 11fps with the mechanical shutter and 40fps with the electronic shutter, aperture and control rings, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is available now in black for £825 / $1195, including a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 and a 3-year warranty.

Ease of Use

Somewhat surprisingly released at the same time as its doppleganger, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, the new Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is essentially the same camera with a couple of differences. Leica have removed the handgrip on the front and given it a more rounded appearance, and the D-Lux ships with a copy of Lightroom and has a longer warranty. Oh, and of course it also sports the famous red Leica dot on the front, which could possibly make the resale value higher than the Panasonic LX100 (possibly).

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is nominally the successor to the 2-year-old D-Lux 6 camera, but it includes so many technological advances that it's virtually unrecognisable from its predecessor. The main change is the inclusion of the same Micro Four Thirds sensor that's found in Panasonic's GX7 compact system camera. In terms of physical size, the 1.33-inch MFT sensor is significantly larger than the 1-inch sensors used in two of the D-Lux (Typ 109)'s principal rivals, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and the Canon PowerShot GX7, and with 16.84 megapixels onboard, the pixel size is bigger too, all of which promises better image quality. The D-Lux (Typ 109) actually has a multi-aspect ratio sensor, so that it can capture 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1 aspect images while maintaining the same focal length in each ratio, resulting in a 12.8 megapixel 4:3 image.

Another important change is the inclusion of a built-in electronic viewfinder. If ever there was a reason to end the debate about optical versus electronic viewfinders, this is it. Firstly, it has a staggeringly high resolution of 2764k dots, which translates into a display so good that you would swear it was an optical finder, helped in no small part by the high color reproduction of approximately 100% of the Adobe RGB colour-space, 100% scene coverage and 60fps refresh rate. Secondly, there's a handy sensor which automatically detects when the D-Lux (Typ 109) is held up to eye-level and even starts auto-focusing, with just the slightest delay until the display is ready. Thirdly, a whole host of information is displayed onscreen - virtually everything that you can display on the rear LCD screen can be shown in the EVF. Suffice to say that we didn't miss having an optical viewfinder when shooting with the D-Lux (Typ 109).

The LCD screen on the rear is a bright 3-inch model with 921k dot resolution that provides a naturalistic translation of the scene before the lens. However you will still find yourself squinting and cupping a hand around it in bright sunlight, so much so that we shot almost exclusively using the EVF. Also sadly, the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) doesn't have a touchscreen and the LCD isn't articulated in any way, two features which we'd have liked to have seen on the D-Lux (Typ 109).

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Front of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

As expected at this price-point, both Raw and JPEG files can be committed to SD/SDHC/SDXC or Eye-Fi cards, and conveniently both can be shot in tandem, with write speeds impressive at just two to three seconds. It further boasts a 3.1x optical zoom lens, offering a focal range equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, optically stabilized to help prevent image blur from camera shake and with a Nano Surface Coating to help prevent lens flare. Best of all is the fast f/1.7 maximum aperture, which in conjunction with the Micro Four Thirds sensor makes it easier to achieve DSLR-like shallow depth of field and out-of-focus backgrounds, whilst also proving invaluable when hand-holding the camera in low-light.

In terms of auto-focusing, the D-Lux (Typ 109) has a couple of aces up its sleeve. The Full Area AF allows you to set the focus on any part of the 100% field of view, even right at the edges of the frame, while the focus detect area encompasses 49 zones. Furthermore, the Low Light AF system works in -3EV light situations, ensuring that auto-focusing works even in starlight.

Focus Peaking is also new to the D-Lux-series, if not to recent advanced compact cameras. When enabled, it graphically shows the peak of focus in the MF and AF+MF modes by displaying an outline around the subject. The detection level can be set to 'High' or ‘Low’ and a colour can be selected In ‘High’ these are light blue, yellow or green and in 'Low' blue, orange or white can be selected. Pinpoint AF mode is very useful for precisely focusing on a very small area, while, Manual Focus Assist automatically displays a 10x magnification to help you make sure that the subject is in focus in the MF mode.

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) weighs a manageable 405g with the battery and card inserted, some 100g more than the D-Lux 6. Starting with the lens, there's a slider switch sitting atop the lens barrel for adjusting picture ratios. There's the option of selecting the standard 4:3 digital ratio to the right of the 'dial', with 3:2, 16:9 and, more unusually, 1:1, being the alternatives. Slide your left hand down and to the left of the lens surround and there's a further tactile switch for swapping between auto focus, macro focus and manual focus.

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Rear of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

An intuitive aperture ring additionally surrounds the lens which allows you to quickly change the aperture, with 20 1/3rd exposure steps available running from f/1.7 through to f/16. If you zoom to a focal length that slows down the aperture range, these physical markings obviously don't change - so at 75mm, for example, choosing f/1.7 actually sets the aperture to the fastest available value of f/2.8. Furthermore, changing the ring from f/1.7 to, say, f/2.2 has absolutely no effect on the camera's settings, as those apertures aren't available at 75mm. Other than this unavoidable quirk, the aperture ring is a great addition that further adds to the photographer-friendly feel of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109).

By default the new control ring quickly accesses stepped focal range settings of 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 and 75mm, although it can be reconfigured as a stepless zoom ring if you prefer, or to set the ISO speed, white balance or filter mode. While the zoom ring is a very welcome addition, it is a little on the narrow side, so much so that we occasionally found ourselves moving the aperture ring at the same time - an annoying consequence of the camera's small size.

One of the main differences between the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) and the Panasonic LX100 is the handgrip - in their infinite wisdom, Leica have completely removed it. While this makes the D-Lux (Typ 109) more aesthetically pleasing, it also makes it harder to get a firm purchase on, as the camera body is very smooth - we much prefer Panasonic's inclusion of a proper, rubberised handgrip. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s body proportions measure a manageable 117.8 × 66.2 × 55 mm, ever so slightly wider than the LX100. This therefore is a camera that will slip readily into a jacket or small bag, but not a trouser pocket.

The MOS sensor greatly increases the camera's burst shooting options, with a fastest setting of 11 frames/sec when using the mechanical shutter or an incredible 40 full-resolution images when using the electronic shutter (focus and exposure fixed at the first frame). Slower modes of 6.5 frames/sec and 2 frames/sec complete with AF Tracking are also available.

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Side of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Selected via a dedicated button on top of the camera, there's the subject recognising and performance optimising intelligent Auto (iA) mode for point and shoot simplicity, with another button accessing an extensive range of in-camera effects. Users also get access to six customisable Photo Style modes via the on-screen menu when the camera is in a creative mode, such as program, aperture priority, shutter priority or manual.

There's a choice of auto and intelligent auto ISO settings, with a range that extends from ISO 100 up to ISO 25600 at full resolution, a nod to the sort of spec to be found on a semi-pro DSLR, so to be welcomed at a compact level. Also present and correct is the time saving 'QM' (Quick Menu) button on the backplate. Press this and a toolbar of essential shooting functions appears on screen that the user can tab through and make selections from courtesy of the cross keys and central 'Set' button on the camera back.

A flick of the top-mounted on/off switch and the D-Lux (Typ 109) powers up in two seconds. The LCD fades into life and the lens extends from within its protective housing to maximum 24mm-equivalent wideangle setting. Generally the camera is as fast and responsive as one could wish for.

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Front of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

It's from the front and top that the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) most shows its enthusiast targeting mettle, large (for a compact) 24mm wide angle Leica-branded lens staring you in the face as you tease the camera from its packaging. There's no automatic sliding lens cover to protect the glass when not in use, just a separate lens cap of the clip-on variety that may quickly get lost in a pocket. With the aspect ratio adjustment and focus mode sliders, aperture ring and focus ring encircling the lens surround as previously mentioned, above the lens and to its left is an AF assist/self timer lamp.

On top we get that vacant hotshoe protected out of the box by a piece of plastic that also envelops the accessory port nestling just left of centre of the LCD, in front of which are the stereo microphones. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) doesn't have a pop-up flash - instead there's a small external flash supplied in the box which has a guide number of 7, seemingly an inevitable compromise to ensure that the D-Lux (Typ 109) remains so compact.

Nestling next to the hotshoe is a dedicated shutter speed dial, which in conjunction with the aperture ring makes it a cinch to use the D-Lux (Typ 109) in full manual mode. Adjacent to this dial is the aforementioned on/off switch, and continuing the enthusiast-friendly design is another dedicated dial for setting the exposure compensation. The raised shutter release button is ergonomically encircled by a rocker switch for operating the zoom. As indicated the zoom glides fairly leisurely through its range, taking just over three seconds to get from maximum wideangle to extreme telephoto. Tabbing back and forth it's possible to be reasonably accurate with your framing.

The Filter button houses the expanded and renamed Filter modes which give vent to the interior auteur. There are eight screens’ worth of digital effects on board selectable in this mode. These range from our particular favourite of the saturation boosting ‘Expressive’ colour through the sepia tinted ‘Retro’ and the more white-ish if slightly clumsily named ‘Old days’, and include the more self explanatory High Key, Low Key, a slightly unnecessary ‘Sepia’ (given the previous Retro and Old Days options), Monochrome, more high contrast Dynamic Monochrome and grainy film-like Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, the high dynamic range ape-ing ‘Impressive Art’, a separate High Dynamic setting, Cross Process, a vignetting Toy Effect, a more luridly saturated Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, ‘Fantasy’ – bathing everything in a light blue-ish wash (a it like we’ve left the camera on ‘daylight’ setting) – plus Star Filter, One Point Colour and Sunshine setting – the latter of which mimics a burst of sunshine intruding from the top of your frame, so enlivening rather dull shooting conditions with the haze of a summer’s evening.

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Top of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

On the rear of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is the electronic viewfinder with diopter control, and alongside that a dedicated button for toggling between the LCD screen and the EVF. Alongside is the wi-fi button lets you use your smartphone and the Leica Image Shuttle app to change the camera settings (focus setting, exposure compensation, ISO, WB and Photo Styles) and even fire the shutter button remotely (including interval video recordings), while the auto transfer function automatically backs up your photos onto a tablet. You can also use GPS data from your smartphone to record the shooting location onto your images. The D-Lux (Typ 109) is also one of the few compact cameras to feature NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that's used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect it to a compatible internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

Just right of this we have the recessed 'one touch' video record button that very usefully allows the user to be up and shooting video in a thrice no matter what other (non video) mode they might have selected on the adjacent dial. The D-Lux (Typ 109) offers both AVCHD video capture and MP4. Interestingly, if you want to shoot the maximum 4K video – i.e twice as high quality as Full HD – then a switch to MP4 mode is required before you can implement that setting, with the choice 25 or 24 frames per second capture speed. In other words 4K shooting is not available with AVCHD compression. You can also extract a still image from a 4K sequence, ending up with the equivalent of an 8 megapixel photo at 30fps - impressive!

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is an intriguing prospect for would-be videographers, providing access as it does to the same creative exposure P,A,S,M modes selectable when shooting stills. You also get access to all the Photo Style and Creative Control modes when shooting video. ISO settings, white balance and AF tracking are also all accessible when shooting movies. The normal bugbear of exterior location shoots is also dealt with thanks to a wind cut option among the four screen's worth of menu settings in motion picture mode. Happily, the full extent of the smooth and steady optical zoom can be accessed when shooting video, its mechanical operation quiet and minimally intrusive.

The D-Lux (Typ 109)'s Intelligent Auto mode works for movies as well as for still photos. Simply select the iA shooting mode on top of the camera, then the Movie Record button. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically determines the most suitable Scene mode from five options - Portrait, Scenery, Low Light and Close-up or Normal modes. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts the focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. The Image Stabilizer helps prevent blurring from hand-shake when using a compatible lens or via the camera body.

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Memory Card Slot

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a time lapse function in which you can set the time interval and the number of images to take, plus a multi-exposure option that lets you combine up to four exposures in a single frame, while the Stop Motion Animation mode allows you to create unique stop motion videos.

Completing the row of buttons above the LCD screen is the enthusiast enticing giveaway of an AF/AE lock button. Underneath is the Quick Menu button and self-explanatory Playback button, and just below this a quartet of cross keys for tabbing through and selecting menu options, or scrolling through captured images, with a central menu/set button falling under the thumb in their midst. The top key of the quartet is marked ISO, which provides quick access to the extensive ISO range of 100-25600. To the right, at three o'clock, the next key is given over as a shortcut to accessing White Balance settings on the fly. The bottom key is for the D-Lux (Typ 109)'s burst shooting and self-timer options. At nine o'clock we get a button providing instant access to the AF Area settings.

Beneath this again we get the final two buttons on the camera back, for self explanatory Display - a press of which turns of the operational icons or brings up a nine-zone compositional grid - and the Fn1 button.

While that's it for the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s backplate, the right hand side of the camera - when viewed from the back - features a terminal door covering both HDMI (cable optional) and AV/USB out ports. There are also vacant lugs on the left and right hand flanks of the camera for attaching the provided wrist strap. The base of the camera meanwhile features an off-centre screw thread for attaching a tripod, the other under-side feature being the compartment housing the battery, good for around 350 shots from a single charge, and SD/SDHC/SDXC or Eye-Fi media cards.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12.8 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) produced images of outstanding quality during the review period. It produces noise-free images at ISO 100 to 1600, with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 3200. ISO 6400 exhibits quite visible noise and loss of fine detail, and the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 are even noisier but still usable for small prints and web use.

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) dealt extremely well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light.

Anti-shake is a feature that sets this camera apart from its competitors and one that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro performance is very good, allowing you to focus as close as 3cm away from the subject (although it's difficult to get the lighting correct at such a close distance). The images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting if you don't like the default results.

The large number of Creative Controls and Photo Styles allow you to quickly and easily customise the look of the camera's JPEG images. We struggled to see any differences between the Intelligent Resolution settings, but Intelligent D-range is an effective feature for capturing more detail in the shadows and highlights, as is the HDR mode.


There are 9 ISO settings available on the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109). Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW file formats:


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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s 3.1x zoom lens offers a fairly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples.



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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (5.65Mb) (100% Crop)

Standard (2.71Mb) (100% Crop)

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RAW (14.3Mb) (100% Crop)



The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) offers a macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cm away from the camera when the lens is set to 24mm wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.


Macro (100% Crop)

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The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200.


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Image Stabilisation

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has an antishake mechanism which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with the stabilizer turned off, the second with it turned on. As you can see, with image stabilisation turned on, the images are sharper than when it's turned off.

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Image Stabilisation Off (100% Crop)

Image Stabilisation On (100% Crop)

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Intelligent Resolution

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s Intelligent Resolution feature makes a standard image look like a higher resolution one by processing the contour areas, texture areas and smooth areas individually, with three different strengths available and an Extended setting which extends the zoom range.



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Extended On

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Intelligent Dynamic

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s Intelligent Dynamic setting adjusts the exposure setting to record more detail in the highlights and shadows, with three strengths available - low, standard and high.



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The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s HDR setting automatically akes and combines three differently exposed shots to record more detail in the highlights and shadows, with three EV strengths available.



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Aspect Ratios

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) offers four different aspect ratios.



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Multiple Exposure

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)'s Multiple Exposure mode combines two or three different pictures to create one composite image.

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Photo Styles

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has 6 preset Photo Styles, with Standard as the default setting. The contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction can be individually set for each picture style, and there is also a Custom style so that you can create your own look.



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The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has an extensive range of creative Filters with 22 different options on offer.



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Old Days

High Key

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Low Key


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Dynamic Monochrome

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Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

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Impressive Art

High Dynamic

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Cross Process

Toy Effect

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Toy Pop

Bleach Bypass

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Miniature Effect

Soft Focus

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Star Filter

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One Point Color


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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) camera, which were all taken using the 12.8 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Leica RAW (RWL) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840 x 2160 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 8 second movie is 93.8Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840 x 2160 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please note that this 7 second movie is 85.5Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920 x 1080 pixels pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 68Mb in size.

Product Images

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Battery Compartment


With very few differences between the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) and the virtually identical Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 that we so enthusiastically reviewed back in October 2014, the choice between these two excellent cameras essentially comes down to four things - the overall cost, the inclusion of Lightroom and a longer warranty with the Leica, the handgrip on the Panasonic, and of course that famous Leica red dot. For us, the lack of any sort of handgrip on the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) makes it harder, although certainly not impossible, to get a firm grip on the camera. If you don't have Lightroom, though, that and the longer warranty does explain most of the price difference between the two cameras and may sway you towards choosing the Leica offering.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109).

Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Fujifilm X30

The Fujifilm X30 is a brand new premium compact camera with a large 2/3-type 12 megapixel sensor, fast 4x optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and a 60p movie mode. Read our Fujifilm X30 review, complete with full-size sample JPEG and raw images, videos and more...

Nikon Coolpix P7800

The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a brand new premium compact camera for the keen enthusiast. The P7800 principally adds an electronic viewfinder to last year's P7700 model - is this enough to compete with the likes of the Canon PowerShot G16? Read our expert Nikon P7800 review now, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images.

Olympus XZ-2

The new Olympus XZ-2 is a serious compact that's aimed at the enthusiast and professional user looking for a small yet capable camera. A 12 megapixel 1/1.7 inch CMOS sensor, fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, high-res 3-inch tilting touch-screen LCD, and a full range of manual shooting modes should be enough to grab your attention. Read our expert Olympus XZ-2 review, complete with full-size JPEG, RAW and movie samples.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a premium compact camera like no other. The LX100 features a large Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, fast 24-75mm lens, class-leading electronic viewfinder, all in a camera that you can fit in a jacket pocket. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review with sample JPEG, RAW and video files to find out just what this exciting new camera is capable of...

Ricoh GR

At first glance the Ricoh GR looks like a street photographer's dream camera. With a fixed focal length 28mm wide-angle lens, 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, high-res 3 inch LCD screen, flash hotshoe, wealth of customisable controls and a fast auto-focus system, does the pocketable Ricoh GR live up to its promise? Read our in-depth Ricoh GR review complete with full-size image samples to find out...

Samsung EX2F

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Review Roundup

Reviews of the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) from around the web.

techradar.com »

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is a rather unusual camera because, thanks to a working agreement between Leica and Panasonic, it's almost identical to the Panasonic LX100 – one of my favourite cameras of 2014. There is a price premium to pay for the Leica model, but this also brings a 3-year warrantee and Adobe Lightroom 5 is included on a disk in the box.
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Lens Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9– 34 mm f/1.7–2.8/ASPH., 35 mm camera equivalent: 24 - 75 mm.
11 elements in 8 groups (5 aspherical lenses/8 aspherical surfaces/2 ED lenses).
Optical image stabiliser OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
Zoom optical/digital/
3.1 x/4 x/6.2 x.
Modes Normal/macro.
AF metering modes Face/eye detection, tracking, 49-area, 1-area (flexible/scalable), custom multi, pinpoint.
Focussing range
AF macro/MF/
Normal: 50 cm –∞.
Wide: 3 cm/1 3/16", Tele: 30 cm/1"–∞.
Sensor 4/3-inch High sensitivity MOS sensor. Total pixel number: 16.8 megapixels (effective pixels:12.8 MP).
Still image 4:3 format: 4112 × 3088 pixels (12.5 M) (L), 2976 × 2232 pixels (6.5 M) (M), 2048 × 1536 pixels (3 M) (S).
3:2 format: 4272 × 2856 pixels (12 M) (L), 3120 × 2080 pixels (6.5 M) (M), 2112 × 1408 pixels (3 M) (S).
16:9 format: 4480 × 2520 pixels (11 M) (L), 3840 × 2160 pixels (8 M) (M), 1920 × 1080 pixels (2 M) (S).
1:1 format: 3088 × 3088 pixels (10 M) (L), 2240 × 2240 pixels (5 M) (M), 1536 × 1536 pixels (2.5 M) (S).
Video NTSC Model
3840 × 2160 pixels, 30 p (4K: 100 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30fps) (AAC).
1920 × 1080 pixels, 60 p (FHD: 28 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 60 bps) (AAC).
1920 × 1080 pixels 30 p (FHD: 20 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30 bps) (AAC).
1280 × 720 pixels, 30 p (HD: 10 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30 bps) (AAC).
PAL Model
3840 × 2160 pixels, 25 p (4K: 100 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
1920 × 1080 pixels, 50 p (FHD: 28 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 50 bps) (AAC).
1920 × 1080 pixels, 25 p (FHD: 20 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
1280 × 720 pixels, 25 p (HD: 10 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
640 × 480 pixels, 30 p (VGA: 4 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 30 bps) (AAC).
640 × 480 pixels, 25 p (VGA: 4 Mbps/MP4) (sensor output is 25 bps) (AAC).
1920 × 1080 pixels, 30 p (FHD: MP4) (sensor output is 120 bps).
Recording file formats
Still image RAW/JPEG.
Video MP4. Recording time: max. 29:00 minutes.
Exposure control
Exposure modes Snap shot (by snap shot button), P, A, S, M (by aperture ring and shutter speed dial).
Exposure compensation Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ± 3 EV.
Auto AE bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. +/-3 EV.
Scene modes/
Photo styles
Standard,vivid, natural, monochrome, scenery, portrait, custom, panorama.
(Panorama mode can be selected in drive mode.)
Creative control mode Expressive, retro, old days, high key, low key, sepia, monochrome, dynamic monochrome, rough monochrome,
silky monochrome, impressive art, high dynamic, cross process, toy effect, toy pop, bleach bypass, miniature effect,
soft focus, fantasy, star filter, one point color, sunshine.
Metering modes Intelligent multiple, centre-weighted, spot.
White balance Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, flash, 4 manual settings, color temperature (2-axis adjustable).
ISO sensitivity Auto/i. ISO/100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12500, 25000* (*extended ISO).
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step).
Shutter speeds Still image:
Approx. 60 s – 1/4000 s (mechanical shutter), approx. 1 s- 1/16000 s (electronic Shutter).
Bulb: approx. 120 s.
Motion picture:
Approx. 1/30 s – 1/16000 s (NTSC model), approx. 1/25 s - 1/16000 s (PAL model), approx. 1/2 s - 1/16000 s.
(M mode/MF mode).
Continuous shooting [ AFS] SH: 40 frames/sec*, H: 11 frames/s, M: 7 frames/s (with Live View), L: 2 frames/s (with Live View.)
(*Electronic shutter only).
Flash External flash (included).
Flash modes Auto*, auto/red-eye reduction*, forced on, forced on/red-eye reduction, slow sync.,
slow sync./red-eye reduction, forced off.
(*for snap shot mode only).
Flash range 80 cm – 8.5 m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 – 5.2 m (Tele/ISO Auto).
Self-timer 2/10/10 s (3 images).
Monitor 3.0"(7.5 cm) LC display (921K dots), AR coating, field of view: approx. 100 %, wide viewing-angle.
Viewfinder LCD LVF (Live View Finder), (2764K dots equivalent), field of view: approx. 100 %,
magnification: approx. 1.39 x/0.7 x (35mm equiv.), eye sensor.
Microphone/speaker Stereo/monoaural.
Memory cards SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (compatible with UHS-I standard).
Interfaces Digital: USB (AV/USB multi), cable macro-HDMI (Typ C), AV output.
WIFI: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11 ch)/WPA/WPA2/infrastructure mode/WPS/
Wi-Fi direct/Wi-Fi button.
NFC: ISO/IEC 18092, NFC-F (passive mode).
Operating temperature/
0 – 40° C/10 – 80 %.
Battery (included) Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025 mAh, 7.4 Wh).
(W × H × D)
117.8 × 66.2 × 55 mm, (4.64 × 2.61 × 2.41 inch).
Weight 365 g/405 g (without/with battery).
Printer compatibility PictBridge, DPOF.
Scope of delivery Digital camera, flash (Leica CF D), battery, battery charger, USB cable, neck strap, lens cap with string, hot shoe cover, instructions, CD with instructions, guarantee card.
Software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free license).

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