The Leica D-LUX 6 perfectly represent pre-eminent Leica quality in a compact camera format. Its outstanding lens and the versatile capabilities for creative photgraphy make it the perfect camera for capturing inspiring moments- in the typically brilliant image quality you expect from Leica. This new extremely fast lens makes it particularly suitable for available-light photography and creative experimentation with planes of focus and depth of field. Its full-HD video recording capability and numerous manual setting options can also offer even more creative freedom.
The black D-LUX 6 Digital Camera from Leica is a compact point-and-shoot with an ultra-fast Leica DC Vario Summilux lens and a 10.1MP CMOS sensor. It features the impeccable design and construction that are the hallmark of Leica cameras.
The 10.1MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor on the Leica D-LUX 6 offers high resolution imaging with fast focus speeds, and its lens, with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, means that you can confidently shoot with high shutter speeds to capture low-light shots, or shots with fast moving subjects. Beautiful shallow depth of field photography is possible with the lens on this camera and stepped focal lengths are ideal for a wide variety of photography from landscape to macro and, of course, street photography and photojournalism.
High contrast, fine details and natural colors are produced by the sensor and the image processor allows for fast performance and a wider range (80-12800) of ISO sensitivity. Also an upgrade from the D-LUX 5 is the Full HD 1080p video that shoots in both high-quality AVCHD and upload-friendly MP4.
Composition and playback are provided by the high resolution rear LCD screen which doubles the pixel count of its predecessor. At 3.0" with 920,000 pixels, the LCD is sharp and easy to see in bright sunlight. An optional Electronic View Finder has been designed for the D-LUX 6, which offers a crystal clear presentation of your frame with its 1.4 million pixels and its displays the camera's menu settings. Called the EVF-3, this optional accessory is able to tilt up 90º for increased functionality and creativity.
Increased creative control and faster access are the benefits of the manual aperture ring on the D-LUX 6, one of the only compact digital cameras to offer such a feature. Similarly, a neutral density filter control is provided on the back of the camera. The filter will reduce light intake up to 3 EV steps to improve wide-aperture and long exposure shooting in bright light. A spirit level is available to keep your image straight when such control is desired and images are stored in both JPG and RAW to guarantee quality and flexibility in post-processing.
- 10.1MP CMOS Sensor
- Ultra Fast f/1.4 Leica Lens
- 3.8x Zoom, 24-90mm Equivalent Lens
- 920K Pixel LCD Display
- Full HD 1080p AVCHD and MP4 Video
- Integrated Neutral Density Filter
- 12 Frames Per Second Burst Shooting
- Manual Aperture Ring
- Panorama Function and Spirit Level
- Optional Electronic View Finder
- f/1.4 Leica DC-Vario-Summilux 3.8x Zoom Lens - The ultra-fast Leica DC-Vario-Summilux f/1.4 sets a milestone for compact digital cameras with outstanding speed throughout its entire range of focal lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35mm equivalent). This lens makes the D-Lux 6 an outstanding camera for available light photography. Its high speed also offers the opportunity for shallow depth of field photography, emphasizing subjects in pristine focus while the rest of the image drops nicely out of focus. The zoom lens that runs in steps from true wide-angle to mid-range telephoto offers many creative uses: portraiture, landscape, architecture, macro photography and photojournalism.
- 1/1.7" CMOS sensor - The combination of the 10.1MP CMOS sensor and a high-performance Leica lens gives users the ability to capture high-contrast, brilliant, detailed images and natural colors. The image processor enables photography with ISO sensitivities from 80 to 12800.
- Full 1080p HD Video - Thanks to the sensor, Full 1080p HD AVCHD and internet friendly MP4 video capture is now supported by the D-Lux 6.
- Fast Continuous Shooting - The burst speed of the D-Lux 6 is 12 frames per second at 10.1MP resolution.
- High-resolution Optional Electronic View Finder with 1.4 million Pixels - The optional EVF 3 is a leap forward in quality compared with the previous model, the EVF 1. The EVF 3 offers a complete view of your composition and clear read-out of the camera's settings are now supported. The focus, exposure and colors of your image are sharply seen thanks to the 1.4 million pixel resolution of the EVF 3. For more creative freedom, the viewfinder can be tilted up 90°. Other optional accessories include the CF-22 detachable flash unit. D-LUX 6 Hand Grip and D-LUX 6 camera case.
- High-resolution 3.0" LCD - The resolution of the D-Lux 6 LCD is 920,000 pixels. Even in bright sunlight, the display provides excellent playback quality. In addition, the various format sizes are displayed in recording and playback mode.
- Manual Aperture Ring - For faster, direct control and creative options, the D-Lux 6 offers a manual aperture ring for exposure control. This is an innovation for a compact point-and-shoot camera.
- Neutral Density Filter - The integrated ND filter is enabled by a slide control on the back of the camera. The filter reduces light intake by 3 EV stages. This makes it possible to take photographs with a larger aperture, or longer exposure times, in bright ambient light.
- Panorama Function - The Leica D-LUX 6 offers a Panorama function for shooting up to 360° photos.
- Spirit Level - The D-Lux 6 also has a spirit level which is helpful to determine the correct orientation of the subject, especially when shooting architecture and landscapes.
- JPEG and RAW - Photos are saved in both JPEG and RAW image formats offering more freedom in post-processing.
- Smart Snapshot Mode - Smart Snapshot Mode and Program AE are ideal for spontaneous shots and are a valuable aid for less experienced photographers.
Video Resolutions - AVCHD, 16:9 format:
- 60p: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 fps,
- 60i: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 fps, 60p: 1280 x 720 pixels,60 fps
- MP4, 16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels
- 4:3-Format: 640 x 480 pixels.
3D Photo Resolution
- 16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 pixels (MPO format).
- Scene modes - Portrait, Soft skin, Scenery, Panorama shot, Sports, Night portrait, Night scenery, Food, HDR, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High sens., 3D Photo, Through glass, Handheld night shot.
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available as a free download from the Leica website with the purchase of the D-LUX 6.
- BP-DC 10 Li-Ion Battery for the Leica D-Lux 5, D-Lux 6 Camera (1250 mAh)
- BC-DC10 Battery Charger Kit
- Lens cap with string
- Shoulder strap
- Hot Shoe cover
- AV Cable
- USB Cable
- CD with PDF Instruction Manual
- Adobe Lightroom 5 Software via Free Download from Leica website
- Limited 2-Year Warranty
Frequently Asked Questions
How much better is the camera than the Lumix LX7?
While Leica claims that the software is a bit different, one can safely assume that this camera is equally good (but less of a lifestyle object) than the lx7.
Does it include a case?
No, it did not come with a case. There may be deals that include the case now that they have been out for a while. Besides, I like the choice I made when I bought a Lowepro case - good padded protection, compact, but holds the items I take with me.
Does the Leica D-Lux 6 have image stabilization?
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- Optical Sensor Resolutio 10 MP
- Type CMOS
- Screen 3.0"
- Viewfinder Type LCD Display
- Memory Card Type SDHC, SD
- Built-in Memory 70MB
- ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-12800
- Zoom 3.8x
- Max Resolution 3648 x 2736