Leica has just announced the D-Lux 7, latest in line to its family of easy-to-use compact cameras. Designed to be intuitive, the D-Lux 7 is designed for daily use, whether as a gateway into photography for beginners who demand quality, or as an additional daily companion for professionals.
Very much a product of its partnership with Panasonic, the D-Lux 7 bears resemblance to the brand’s LX100 Mark II in form and in function.
Equipped with an optically stabilised Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9 – 34mm f1.8 – 2.8 ASPH lens (24-75mm full-frame equivalent), the range of focal length and apertures suits the lens for a variety of options – from portrait photography to landscapes. A low minimum focus distance also allows for macro close-up photography.
Perfectly complementing the Leica glass on the D-Lux 7 is a new 17-megapixel four thirds-sized sensor – which is quite large for a compact camera. A maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600 works together with the relatively large sensor to ensure good low-light performance.
Focus Stacking is available, where multiple exposures with different focus points are digitally superimposed on top of each other for applications like macro photography, and users can even change the focus point after shooting.
4K video recording at up to 30fps 100Mbit in MP4 and AVCHD formats is also available for those seeking greater flexibility in usage.
To appeal to its audience of beginner photographers, the D-Lux 7 sports convenient automatic exposure modes, along with the option for manual controls for greater creative expression.
The 1.24-megapixel 3-inch LCD display on the rear is touch sensitive, which allows for easy fingertip control of the camera, with ability to adjust menu settings and select autofocus points. The camera can be fully operated from the touch screen to best appeal to users familiar with smartphone operation. It also sports an intergrated 2.8-megapixel EVF, along with a Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth connectivity.
Compatibility with the Leica FOTOS mobile application allows for fast and seamless smartphone data transfer with added functionality like use as a remote, or for assessment, post-processing and upload onto social media.
The Leica D-Lux 7 retails in the US at USD 1,195 (SGD 1,641) and GBP 995 (SGD 1,750) in the UK. Local pricing and availability in Singapore has yet to be announced.