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DEC 2014


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Leica offers 4K video recording with D-LUX (Type 109). Watch the 4K footage!
>> The cameras video capability adds even greater versatility and allows the recording of moving pictures in 4K, the high-definition, digital video format with four times higher resolution than full HD. Watch the video above to see what this camera is capable of (make sure you select the 4K setting at the bottom of screen to view the content in 4K.)

For those who wish to capture high-resolution video, the D-LUX (Typ 109) offers NTSC or PAL UHD 4K (3840 × 2160) output at 30p or 24p, which can be saved as easy-to use MP4 files. When lower video resolutions are sufficient, 1080p full HD or standard definition video can be selected instead, and results of any resolution can be played back on the camera’s large, sharp 3.0” 921k-dot rear LCD display. During capture, the subject can also be viewed through the camera’s 2764k integrated electronic viewfinder.

Stills and video are saved to SD-type cards, up to and including those with SDXC capacities. To help preserve fast performance even while capturing high-resolution still photos or video, high-speed UHS-I SD-type memory cards can be used. While photos and videos can be downloaded from the memory card,

Leica D-LUX At A Glance

  • FourThirds CMOS sensor (16 MP / 12.8 MP effective)
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10,934mm f/1.72.8/ (2475mm eq. 35mm)
  • Shutter speed 1/16,000 s
  • Burst shooting 11 fps in full resolution
  • Integrated electronic viewfinder with 2.8 MP resolution
  • Fast hybrid contrast AF
  • 4K and Full-HD video

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a new model in the Leica D-Lux line. The high-performance Leica D-Lux compact camera features a fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.934 mm f/1.72.8 ASPH. zoom lens with a very fast initial aperture and an extremely practical zoom range equivalent to 24 to 75 mm in 35 mm format. In comparison to the previous model, it offers a larger Four Thirds sensor that, in combination with its lens ensures superior picture quality in all shooting situations. The familiar, extensive package of features, with automatic mode, manual setting options and improved video capability, now includes an integrated electronic viewfinder with 2.8 MP resolution and a Wi-Fi module. Together with its intuitive handling concept, the Leica D-Lux in classically elegant camera design is an ideal companion for capturing unique moments in pictures of impressive quality with a high level of creative freedom.

The Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.934 mm f/1.72.8 ASPH. zoom lens of the Leica D-Lux is perfectly matched to the cameras large sensor. With an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600, the D-Lux guarantees pictures with natural colours and exceptional quality above all when used for available-light photography. In addition to this, its versatile zoom lens makes it an ideal camera for almost all genres of photography from portraits to landscapes, architecture to macro, and reportage photography, the classical domain of Leica cameras.

The cameras video capability adds even greater versatility and allows the recording of moving pictures in 4K, the high-definition, digital video format with four times higher resolution than full HD.

The Leica D-Lux is also the first camera of the D-Lux line to offer an integrated Wi-Fi module that allows remote control of the camera from a smartphone or tablet a particularly useful feature, for example, for shots with the self-timer function. The Leica Image Shuttle app required for this function can be downloaded free of charge and installed on iOS or Android devices. The camera can also transfer still pictures and videos via a WLAN connection. An integrated NFC (Near Field Communication) module quickly and easily sets up a Wi-Fi connection with an NFC-compatible smartphone when the phone is held close to the camera.

The Leica D-Lux is distinguished by classically elegant, timelessly beautiful design with particular attention to simple and intuitive handling. As the prime consideration is always the picture, and distractions must be kept to a minimum, the change between automatic and manual modes is also particularly simple. The sharp, high-contrast image in the cameras integrated electronic viewfinder displays the same exposure settings as shown on the monitor screen and ensures that the ideal composition of every subject is quickly found. Pictures can be viewed directly and reliably assessed on the high-resolution 3 LCD monitor screen even in bright sunlight.

Large 12.8MP 4/3” MOS Sensor
The large area of the 17.3 × 13.0mm sensor contributes to better control of depth of field as well as improved shadow detail over versus smaller-sensor cameras. Details, contrast, and colors are accurately captured too.

Fast f/1.7-2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux Lens
The integrated f/1.7-2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux Lens maintains excellent light-gathering ability even when fully zoomed, helping to free the user from exposure limitations, even in low light. This 3.1x optical zoom lens provides an angle of view equivalent to a 24-75mm lens on a 35mm film camera and is optically stabilized to help counteract blur caused by user movement.

Excellent Low-Light Performance
Along with a large sensor and a bright lens at all focal lengths, and ISO range of 100 to 25,600 helps to ensure that low-light is not an obstacle to capturing the image. The 12.8MP over and area of 17.3 × 13.0mm sensor and maximum apertures of f/1.7-2.8 can help to minimize noise at all ISO settings.

UHD 4K Technology
The potential of the camera’s large, 12.8MP 4/3” MOS sensor is further exploited by the ability to record UHD 4K (3840 × 2160) video. MP4 videos can also be recorded in full HD 1080p or standard definition resolutions according to the NTSC or PAL standard.

High-Resolution Viewing Options
Images and videos can be played back on the camera’s large, sharp 3.0” 921k-dot rear LCD display. When it is preferable to use a viewfinder, the camera camera’s integrated electronic viewfinder can be used instead.

Wireless Connectivity
Paring the with a smartphone or tablet is made easy with integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n capability. Devices with the Leica Image Shuttle app can have images sent to them as images are taken with the camera. The app can also be used to show a live image from the camera or to control camera settings.

Multiple Exposure Modes and Tactile Control
Exposure modes include program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, manual, as well as 22 creative control modes. Exposure set can be quickly set via an aperture ring and shutter speed dial. Placement of these controls directly on the camera body allows for faster reaction to changing lighting conditions while providing constant confirmation of the chosen shutter speed and aperture.

Durable and Elegant Body
Featuring a metal body, the D-LUX (Typ 109) is built to last. Buttons and dials are thoughtfully laid out to help ensure that the camera’s features always remain a benefit and never and obstacle to the user.

Included Flash
An integrated hot shoe and included Leica CF D external flash provide supplemental light when wanted while avoiding to drain the camera’s battery.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is available as a free download from the Leica website with the purchase of the Leica D-LUX (Typ 109).


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