LEICA D-LUX4(2009・Safari)

This is a record using the Leica D-LUX4 (Safari-2009ver) digital camera.

Gallery

Sleeping catSleeping catCats
Sailing Ship Nippon MaruPower lines and the setting sunSteel tower and the moon
hydrangeahydrangeaClematis
CatsStretching catSleeping cat

Impression
The matte green color of this model has a more subdued look than the black released at first, and the red batch suits it well. The titanium color released at the same time also changed the red batch to titan color, increasing its austerity as a tool, and I think the color development of the D-Lux 4 is particularly good in the series.
The safari color, which has been used since the LEICA R3, is the only safari color for the entire body of a compact digital camera, although the LEICA Q has a safari color for the pasted leather.
The M8.2, M, and M10-P are available in safari color.
While its sister model, the DMC-LX3, has a bare, raised body grip, the D-LUX4 has a flat shape except for the protruding lens, which can be fitted with a grip (sold separately) to improve grip.

The lens is a 5.1mm-12.8mm 2.5x zoom lens exclusively for this model, which is equivalent to 24mm-60mm in 35mm format; the D-LUX5 and 6 extend the telephoto end to 90mm, but for compact cameras, the D-LUX4’s 60mm telephoto end is sufficient.
Although it is a compact digital camera, it supports shooting in RAW format, and shooting in RAW allows for greater flexibility in post-processing. Barrel distortion can be a concern when using RAW development software that does not support lens correction; JPEG corrects for distortion and other factors at the time of recording.
The resolution is sufficient for both distant and close-up shots, but the image becomes noisy when the ISO is raised, which I feel is a limitation of a digital camera.

Batteries, which can be difficult to find in compact cameras, are relatively common in compatible products, such as FUJIFILM’s NP-70, Panasonic’s DMW-BCC12, PICOH’s DB-60/65, SIGMA’s BP-41, and PENTAX’s D-LI106/D-BC106, *1 which are available on Rakuten and Amazon as of 2022 as compatible products.

*1:Rakuten Affiliate Link

Specification

Panasonic-OEM compact digital camera.
The OEM is DMC-LX3.
Shooting distance is from 30cm to infinity, with a macro mode that allows you to get as close as 1cm in front of the lens.
Recording formats are JPEG and RAW (RAW format is Panasonic’s RWL format).
It is available in three colors: black, safari, and titanium.

ItemValueNote
Number of pixels (Megapixcel)10.1 Megapixels
LensLEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON
1:2-2.8 /5.1-12.8 ASPH.
8 elements in 6 groups (4 aspherical lenses)
24-60mm equivalent
Image Sensor1/1.63 inc CCD sensor
Viewfindernone
Back LCD Panel3 inch TFT LCD
Memory cardSD / SDHC cardSupports up to 32GB
Battery-typeBP-DC4-J/EDMW-BCC12 *1
Camera sizeW x H x D 108.7×59.5×27.1mm
Weight(g)228

Options

  • Leather Case
  • Strap
  • Dedicated back
  • Dedicated grip (#18697)

Model History

Model nameD-LUXD-LUX2D-LUX3D-LUX4D-LUX5D-LUX6D-LUX
Typ109
D-LUX7
35mm equivalent focal length35-10528-11228-11224-6024-9024-9024-5724-75
Number of pixels (Megapixcel)3.28.610.210.110.110.112.817
Image Sensor Size1/2.51/1.651/1.651/1.631/1.631/1.634/34/3
ViewfinderOVFnonenonenoneEVF1EvF3Inner-
EVF
Inner-
EVF
Back LCD Panel1.52.52.83.03.03.03.03.0
Battery-typeBP-DC6BP-DC4BP-DC4BP-DC4BP-DC10BP-DC10BP-DC15BP-DC15
Memory cardSDSDHCSDHCSDHCSDXCSDXCSDXCSDXC
Release date20032005200620082010201220142018
Body colorSilverSilverBlack
Silver
Black
Safari
Titan
Black
Titan
Black
Y100
G-star RAW
Black
Gray
Black
Silver

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