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Leica D-Lux 4 Digital Camera (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 64 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Color5.0   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Image4.7   above average
Lens4.4   exceptional
Light4.0   average


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Color

Color:
"Amazing walk around camera - the color rendering is awesome."
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"The images are spectacular, the colors and details amazing."
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"Pros- Excellent color- Great performance up to ISO400, especially zoomed wide open, and the auto ISO function that allows setting a maximum ISO to use works great for those times where the lighting varies or is uncertain- Love the wide zoom for working close rooms as well as for quick landscapes or building shots- Very nice movie mode, and surprisingly good audio capture."
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"If you don't necessary care about contrast and great color balance, but want to still have sharp pictures without life, then get C ."
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"Wonderful contrast, crisp blacks, spark liveliness in eyes, breathtaking sharpness and good color balance."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"If you're looking at the D-lux 4 as a fast, light, small P&S, or as a DSLR replacement, you're going to be disappointed."
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"Even my dSLR gets confused with WB, the problem is not unique to this camera."
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"The Leica D-Lux 4 takes great photographs, but it cannot replace a DSLR, this is something I found out the hard way."
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"And if compactness isn't an issue, why bother with a rangefinder when you can get a light-weight canon DSLR (Ti2) with a great Canon EF 17-40mm f 4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom (24-60mm equivalent on an APC DSLR), and a normal 50 mm f1.7 Canon lens which become a nice portrait lens (a fast 70 mm on an APC DSLR).Note also that Leica D-Lux 4 is faster focusing and better shot-to-shot timing than another minor cult classic, Sigma DP2 (a fixed focal lens camera, in any case).Then, there is now the new Leica X1, with an APC-size sensor."
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"In the end, I decided against it - because of leica's versatility and compactness: its 24-60mm f2-f2.8 zoom, with a great macro, wins over the GF1 which becomes as unwieldy as a DSLR, once it is equipped with its own zoom lens."
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Image

Image:
"I don't care about cameras that have all the fancy features, even produce sharp image, but as far as contrast - completely dead."
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"The only problem is it doesn't have an image stabilizer."
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"You will be quicker to use this camera because it's small,lightweight, and will be perfect for 99.9% of your photo opportunities."
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"Really nice images even in low light situations (just place it on a wall or pew back and hold tight and some nice pictures are caught)."
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"Compare with DSLR, this lovely thing is compact, but still take good photo."
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"Leica D-LUX 4I don't know how to shoot good photos, but the images I retrieve from this camera continues to surprise me positively."
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"great images."
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Lens

Lens:
"Just that little problem about bumping the lens.. hmmm."
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"I wish there was a daylight filter to avoid lens damage."
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"But it has been only recently I finally solved the lens cap problem."
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"Leica lens, excellent sensor, quality craftsmanship, intuitive functionality, beautiful design and shoots RAW files!"
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"The glass in the lens must be great because the pictures end up better than I could imagine."
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"PROS:-Image Quality (Superb)-Features (Many)-Convenience (Compact Design)-LCD (Colourful and vivid)CONS:-Lens Cover (Tether)-Mode Dial (easily switches between modes by accident when retrieving the camera from case)-Menu User Interface (a bit cluttered for my liking)-Accompanied software (Not User-Friendly)-LCD (Rendered useless in bright sunlight)I've included some images above."
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"i've been a canon shooter my entire life (EOS 1Ds, G10, SD790IS make up my current arsenal), so i feel comfortable with this comparison:d-lux4 vs G10:+ astounding lens."
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"this is a remarkable camera with a remarkable lens."
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Light

Light:
"If you're looking at the D-lux 4 as a fast, light, small P&S, or as a DSLR replacement, you're going to be disappointed."
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"For example, depth of field for portraits - just couldn't get the right bokeh (blurred backgrounds), and natural light photography was challenging at best (lots of noise above ISO 400)."
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"One of the metal rivets on the strap tabs connecting the case to the shoulder strap broke after a couple of month of light use (must have been a latent defect), but Leica (in NJ) replaced it without any fuss (something 17th St Camera wouldn't do).I can't imagine why anyone (who doesn't have a bwana or me'm sahib complex) would spend the extra few hundreds for the Safari finish, however."
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"Really nice images even in low light situations (just place it on a wall or pew back and hold tight and some nice pictures are caught)."
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"I like to travel light and have something unobtrusive to capture those wonderful places and memorable experiences."
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"Performance in low light is amazing."
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"For example, depth of field for portraits - just couldn't get the right bokeh (blurred backgrounds), and natural light photography was challenging at best (lots of noise above ISO 400)."
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"wide open aperture (f2.0) is still sharp but great low available light performance."
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Quality

Quality:
"My main problem was with the reliability of the camera and the quality of the service."
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"I use a professional DSLR for my main camera but wanted quality when i took quick snaps as well so i don't really put too much burden on this camera technically, so it's perfect."
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"It's small enough that you'll want to take it everywhere and the picture quality is about as good as these low-end DSLRs that are too bulky to bring anywhere."
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"Leica lens, excellent sensor, quality craftsmanship, intuitive functionality, beautiful design and shoots RAW files!"
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"quality and ease of use with this littly rascal."
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"No it is the camera I put in my bag everyday, and he help me to capture my live in very good quality."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Pros- Excellent color- Great performance up to ISO400, especially zoomed wide open, and the auto ISO function that allows setting a maximum ISO to use works great for those times where the lighting varies or is uncertain- Love the wide zoom for working close rooms as well as for quick landscapes or building shots- Very nice movie mode, and surprisingly good audio capture."
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"But I regret the almost total lack of zoom."
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"I experience regret on the lack of the camera's zoom almost every time I shoot with it."
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"Pros- Excellent color- Great performance up to ISO400, especially zoomed wide open, and the auto ISO function that allows setting a maximum ISO to use works great for those times where the lighting varies or is uncertain- Love the wide zoom for working close rooms as well as for quick landscapes or building shots- Very nice movie mode, and surprisingly good audio capture."
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"Bright, bright lens with good if limited zoom range."
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"If you set up carefully, it even allows you to throw the background out of focus (for those who must have the bokeh effect).I've had my Leica D-Lux 4 for a year and a half and traveled half-way around the world with it, leaving my canon dslr with its very nice and very expensive 17-40 mm, f4, zoom (costs more than panasonic's new GF1 with its f1.7 aspherical) at home."
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"In the end, I decided against it - because of leica's versatility and compactness: its 24-60mm f2-f2.8 zoom, with a great macro, wins over the GF1 which becomes as unwieldy as a DSLR, once it is equipped with its own zoom lens."
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