Leica reveals stylish D-Lux 7 compact
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