Leica D-LUX 7 Review

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Leica D-Lux 7 is the first camera of the D-Lux line, supported by the free Leica FOTOS app for iOS and Android. The application allows you to remotely control the camera using a smartphone, you can view the pictures on its screen, edit and publish them.

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Leica has prepared a gift for photo amateurs for the New Year’s holidays 2019 – the D-Lux 7 camera. This is the latest modification of the compact camera, which is actually a Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, packed in a more aesthetic body. And it differs from its predecessor D-Lux Typ 109 by an increased number of pixels, an increased sensor size, and a touch display.

Leica D-Lux 7 Review

Leica D-Lux 7 Specs:

  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 f/1.7-2.8 ASPH., 35mm camera equivalent: 24 – 75mm,
    aperture range: 1.7 – 16 / 2.8 – 16 (at 10.9 / 34mm
  • Digital zoom: Max. 4x
  • Optical Image stabilization: Optical compensation system
  • Focusing range: AF 0.5m / 1´6“ to ∞
  • AF Macro / MF / Maximum wide-angle setting: 3cm / 13/16“ to ∞
    Snapshot Modes / Maximum telephoto setting: 30cm / 117/8“ to ∞
    Motion Pictures
  • Image sensor: 4/3“ MOS sensor, total pixel number: 21,770,000,
    effective pixels: 17,000,000, primary color filter
  • Shutter system: Electronically and mechanically controlled
  • Shutter speeds:
    Still pictures T (max. approx. 30min),
    60 – 1/4000 s (with the mechanical shutter)
    1 – 1/16000 s (with the electronic shutter function)
  • Motion pictures: 1/25 – 1/16000 s (When [4K/100M/24p] is set in [Rec Quality]) 1/2 – 1/16000 s (When Manual Exposure Mode is set and [MF] is selected) 1/30 – 1/16000 s (Other than the above)
    Continuous recordable time:
    – When the resolution for [Rec Quality] is set to [FHD]: 29 minutes
    – When the resolution for [Rec Quality] is set to [4K]: 15 minutes
  • Exposure compensation:
    ±5EV in 1/3 EV steps (±3EV dial setting range)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx.: 31 x 41.5 x 30mm / 17/32 x 15/16 x 111/64“
  • Weight Approx.: 25g / 0.05lb

All Leica D-Lux 7 specifications can be found here.

Design

Externally, the camera is practically no different from the Panasonic LX 100 II, except that the color of the upper part of the body is silver, instead of the Lumix logo, the Leica badge now flaunts and there is no leather grip. The body is entirely metal. For the thumb, there is a convenient ledge on the back.

Leica D Lux 7 Review: Design

On the top panel on the right are the selectable shutter speed dials (together with the camera’s on/off lever) and exposure compensation. There is also a shutter button, zoom lever, and 4K video recording button. On the right on the rear panel is a control dial with buttons for selecting a quick playback menu, deleting files, switching display modes.

The electronic viewfinder is located in the upper left corner, and to the right of it are the video-on buttons, AE / AF and others. The Leica D-Lux 7 uses the same DC Vario-Summilux lens like the Lumix, i.e. 1: 1.7-2.8 / 10.9-34 (24-75 mm equivalent to 35 mm) with optical image stabilization.

Leica D Lux 7 Review: Top View

The control ring around the lens allows you to select shooting modes, and the focus switch selects manual focus or automatic. The electronic viewfinder with its low resolution is a good help when shooting in bright sunlight when the image on the display at the rear is difficult to see.

The rear screen has finally become a touchscreen. With it, you can control the on/off functions, manage the viewing of captured images. In addition, by touching the desired part of the frame on the display, you can select the desired focus area in the post-focus mode or combine several frames to extend the sharpness range in the focus alignment mode.

The snapshot button on the top panel will help fans not to bother with the choice of the mode but preferring “quick” shots, so as not to miss the moment and make a cool photo. The zoom has an electronic control and this is not as smart as a mechanical one, but this should not repel fans of cameras of this type – you can get used to everything.

Leica D Lux 7 Review: Front side of the camera

Performance

The Leica D-Lux 7 camera is based on a matrix of 17 megapixels. Providing full resolution, regardless of the selected aspect ratio (3:2, 4:3, 16:9), the sensor provides more details in each image. Thus, the large size of the 4:3 sensor provides high overall image quality even in low light. This reduces image noise and makes the Leica D-Lux 7 ideal for easy shooting. Due to the fast autofocus and the possibility of continuous shooting mode up to 11 frames per second, D-Lux 7 is guaranteed to capture and save even the most fleeting footage.

In addition, as noted above, the D-Lux 7 is equipped with an innovative post-focus function that allows photographers to determine the focus point even after shooting. The Leica D-Lux 7 is equipped with a 2.8-megapixel high-resolution electronic viewfinder for extremely accurate framing.

The 3-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1.24 million pixels. Using the touchscreen allows the photographer to conveniently control the D-Lux 7, and reliably evaluate the quality of the image immediately after its shooting.

Leica D Lux 7 Review: Top View and Buttons

4K video recording

Sometimes the moment to capture is difficult to fit into the frame of a single shot. Then the function of shooting video in the camera comes to the rescue. With a resolution of 4K, which is four times higher than Full HD, the D-Lux 7 can capture video up to 30p in MP4 and AVCHD format.

At the same time, excellent detailing of moving objects is preserved. Using the D-Lux 7 video recording capabilities, you can extract 8MP photos while shooting video. Note that Full HD videos can be continuously shot up to 29 minutes, the duration of 4K clips is reduced to 15 minutes.

Wi-Fi connectivity

The Leica D-Lux 7 easily connects to your smartphone using the built-in Wi-Fi adapter. The Leica FOTOS app for Android and iOS, compatible with the camera, provides features that allow photographers to capture unforgettable moments remotely, easily, and quickly transfer, edit and share images on the go.

In combination with the Leica FOTOS D-Lux 7 application, not only provides quick access and sharing of pictures via social networks, but it can even be run remotely. The camera is also equipped with Bluetooth version 4.2 for quick sharing of footage.

Physical connectors are represented by a Micro USB port and a Micro HDMI Type D connector. There are a built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker. SD / SDHC / SDXC cards, speed class 3, are used for recording.

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