Le­ica re­veals stylish D-Lux 7 com­pact

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

LE­ICA has an­nounced the Le­ica D- Lux 7, a stylish and rel­a­tively af­ford­able com­pact that gives you the cov­eted ‘red dot’ brag­ging rights along with a bit of change from £1,000. The cam­era shares a lot of fea­tures with the Pana­sonic LX100 II, a pop­u­lar tool for street pho­tog­ra­phers owing to its qual­ity im­ages and dis­creet di­men­sions. At the heart of the D- Lux 7 is a 17MP Mi­cro Four Thirds sen­sor, EVF with 2,760- dot res­o­lu­tion, and a fast Le­ica DC Vario-Sum­milux 10.9– 34mm f/1.7–2.8 lens (equiv­a­lent to 24–75mm). On the back of the D- Lux 7 is a 1.24-mil­lion- dot, 3-in LCD touch­screen, which en­ables you to set the AF point with one tap and con­trol other cam­era func­tions. You can also change the fo­cus point af­ter shoot­ing, or sev­eral ex­po­sures with dif­fer­ent fo­cus points can be su­per­im­posed on each other and merged via fo­cus stack­ing to cre­ate a greater depth of fo­cus in macro ex­po­sures. There is 4K video record­ing at a frame rate up to 30 frames per sec­ond and 100Mbit and in MP4 and AVCHD for­mat. ISO sen­si­tiv­ity, mean­while, maxes out at 25,600.

Cam­era specs aside, the D- Lux 7 is the first cam­era in the D- Lux line that can be used with the Le­ica FOTOS app which en­ables re­mote con­trol of the cam­era from a smart­phone and wire­less trans­fer of pic­tures from iOS or An­droid de­vices (see page 4). Le­ica be­ing Le­ica, the clas­sic look of the D- Lux 7 can be com­ple­mented with a range of ac­ces­sories such as natty cases, straps and a hand­grip. We men­tioned af­ford­abil­ity at the top of the story and the D- Lux 7 will set you back £995 (note that you can now get the Pana­sonic LX100 II for un­der £850). See www.le­ica­s­tore-uk.co.uk or visit a Le­ica dealer for more de­tails.

The new D-Lux 7 can be used with the Le­ica FOTOS app, en­abling it to be re­motely con­trolled from a smart­phone

The touch­screen al­lows you to set the AF point with one tap

The D-Lux 7 has a fast lens equiv­a­lent to 24-75mm

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