The Leica D-Lux 5 is a little powerhouse of a camera and one that can go with you anywhere and give you fantastic results. It is amazingly versatile, and the image quality is superb for being a small sensor camera.
Leica DLux 5 Review
The Leica D-Lux 5 is classical in design, ergonomic, and compact, and comes in a black anodized finish. Camera includes carrying strap, rechargeable battery (Leica BP-DC 10), battery charger, battery holder, USB cable, AV cable, power cord, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, CD-ROM with manuals in PDF format, instructions for product registration and software download, and warranty card. the Leica DLux5 Digital Camera (Black) is a compact 10.1MP digital camera with a very fast f/2-3.3 DC Vario-Summicron 24-90mm (35mm equivalent) lens that is Leica inside and out.
The Leica D-Lux 5 and Panasonic LX5 are basically identical cameras manufactured by Panasonic in Japan. The Leica version has a more clean design (no grip and labels). The rest of the differences are: LX5 comes with Silkpix Studio (retails for $100), has one year warranty and costs $400. The D-Lux 5 comes with Adobe Lightroom (retails for around $260, currently there is a $100 rebate), has 2 years warranty, costs $800 and usually has better resale value. In addition to those differences, both cameras have different firmware. The menu is almost identical with some small exceptions, mainly the way some features are called and where they are positioned One advantage the Leica D-Lux 5 has over the Lumix is that it comes with a full version of Adobe LightRoom 3. This image-processing software is better at handling image data and RAW photo conversion compared with SilkyPix, which the Panasonic LX5 ships with.
There are plenty of similarly specified compact cameras available that cost significantly less than the Leica D-Lux 5. But, while the D-Lux 5 is undeniably expensive, it's also an unquestionably excellent product. It looks good, feels great and produces images that are several dozen notches above those you can achieve with most cheap, crowd-pleasing compacts. Just find the best deal on this stylish and elegant digital camera.