Review and Photo example of the LEICA C-LUX 2.

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C-LUX 2 is a Panasonic OEM compact digital camera released by Leica. The original camera is LUMIX DMC-FX30.

The exterior is a Leica design and has a modern exterior that stands out from the Pana’s home appliance-like exterior. The size is thinner and slimmer than the C-LUX1, and it is stylish with almost the same dimensions as the successor camera, the C-LUX 3. The black version I got this time is a matte black with a subdued color.

The number of shooting pixels is 7.2 million pixels, which is slightly higher than the 6 million pixels of the previous model C-LUX 1.
At the wide-angle end of the lens, barrel distortion becomes noticeable when photographing grid-like objects.
Shooting distance is 5cm to ∞ on the wide-angle side and 30cm to ∞ on the telephoto side.

It records only JPEG, not Raw, and the sensor size is small at 1/2.5, so you can’t expect high ISO image quality in dark places. It’s an old-fashioned digital camera with noticeable noise at ISO800.
The file size of one image is about 1.5 to 4MB, and if you use a 32GB SDHC, the number of shots counter will exceed 1000, so it feels like you can take almost unlimited pictures.
After taking about 3 shots, the shutter response will wait for the next shot to be written. Although it is impossible to shoot continuously, it is probably not intended for a continuous shooting style, so it would be a good idea for photographers to approach the shooting with that in mind.

The SD card lock tab on this camera may get caught in the card slot. If this gets stuck, the SD card will not come out. In that case, instead of trying to force it out, fold a thin, strong piece of paper into an L-shape or a U-shape, insert it into the gap between the card slot and the SD card, and cover the locking claw with the paper to remove it.
This symptom is also encountered with C-LUX3.
It seems that all Panasonic digital cameras of this era come with this problem. The SD card slot is a unit, and the card cannot be removed simply by disassembling the camera. I believe that the method of inserting the card into the gap described above is effective for removing the card.
I cover the locking claws of my SD cards with thin but durable mending tape to prevent them from getting caught.


Effective pixels7.2-Megapixels
LensLeica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8-5.6 /4.6-16.4 ASPH.35mm equivalent: 28 to 102mm
撮像素子1/2.5 CCD sensor
Back LCD2.5 type
Memory-cardSDHC CardSupports up to 32GB
No built-in recording memoryAbout 27MBCapable of taking about 10 pictures with Fine
BatteryBP-DC6Compatible Battery
RICOH DB-70  *1
Panasonic DMW-BCE10E *1
Size(mm)Width x Height x Depth 94.1 ×52 x 24
Weight(g)152 (Include battery and SD-card)
*1:Affiliate of RAKUTEN
  • Model history
Model nameC-LUX 1C-LUX 2C-LUX 3LEICA C typ1122C-LUX typ1546
focal length28-10228-10225-12528-20024-360
Back LCD2.
Release year20062007200820132018
Dark red


  • leather case

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  • 2024.04.04
  • 2023.05.18

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