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SuperbReview by Graeme
There are those who will compare it's technically equivalent Panasonic "relative", suggesting the cheaper Panasonic is every bit as good. But then, how do you define "as good"?
The D-Lux 6 is every bit as exquisite to handle as the rest of the Leica family. It also performs really well and looks great too - that Red Dot still means a lot. Even the font used in the menus is well thought out.
Value? - Well, Leica gives you a video lead which is an extra on the Panasonic and you also get a hundred quid's worth of Adobe Lightroom software (The Pro's choice), which the Panasonic lacks.
Add the Leica's 2 years warranty and the inclusive 1 year accidental damage cover - and there's not a vast amount between prices. Faced with such proximity, the Leica makes a lot of sense.
I bought mine from Wilkinson Cameras of Southport for their excellent service & knowledge. I'm delighted with both my choice of dealer and camera.
Go on, just pick up and handle a Leica and you'll know it's much more than just "as good"! It's Superb. (Posted on 06/05/2013)
Fast and brilliant
The newly designed, extremely fast Leica DC-Vario-Summilux 4.7–17.7 mm f/1.4–2.3 ASPH. sets a new milestone in compact cameras with outstanding speed throughout its entire range of focal lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent). The combination of this lens with the new 1.7" CMOS image sensor enables the creation of absolutely brilliant, high-contrast images with even greater depth of field, more precise details and more natural colour rendition – everything the user expects from a Leica. Whether for portraits, landscapes, architectural and macro photography or the typical Leica wide-angle photo-reportage style – the D-Lux 6 is the perfect camera for capturing brilliant images.
Shooting with a Leica means one thing in particular: the sheer joy of photography.
And that is precisely what’s offered by the intuitive handling and clearly laid out functions of the Leica D-Lux 6. A click wheel lets users quickly and easily select the distance, shutter speed and exposure corrections. The new aperture setting feature on the lens barrel enables even more direct control, as is the case with the new second dial: this enables manual focusing and the addition of an ND filter, for example, to allow slower shutter speeds for intentional motion blur even in intense light. Its smart snapshot mode and programme AE are ideal for spontaneous shots and are a valuable aid for less experienced photographers.
Just like its predecessors, the new Leica D-Lux 6 combines classic elegance with premium materials.
Finished completely in black, only a few chromed elements set discreet counterpoints and refine the clarity of its design. A true Leica – at first sight. However, its premium-quality character is not defined by design alone. Its silky-smooth, black anodised exterior encases a rugged and compact metal body which ensures both robustness and excellent grip.
Accessories: a camera with system character
For even more photographic freedom, the compact D-Lux 6 can be complemented with an extensive range of accessories.
The new electronic high-resolution viewfinder (1.4 megapixel), the detachable flash unit perfectly matched to D-Lux cameras, the handgrip and other useful accessories transform the Leica D-Lux 6 into a camera with system character – for enhanced performance, greater creative latitude and even more of the unique pleasure of photography.