Leica D-LUX 6

Leica D-LUX 6Two years after the D-LUX 5 Leica introduces the new LEICA D-LUX 6.

While the range of focal lengths remained the same (24-90 mm 35 mm equivalent) the lens is now one stop faster and therefore particularly suitable for available light photography. The sensor still has a 10 MP resolution, the ISO range is ISO 100 – 12,800.

Handling

The LEICA D-LUX 6 offers more options for manual handling: The lens now has an aperture ring; a second dial on the back of the camera offers manual focusing.

ND Filter And Spirit Level Function

The same dial allows to use an ND which allows slower shutter speeds. Another great feature already available in different cameras: A spirit level function, which allows precise camera alignment.

Accessories

Available as accessories

  • EVF3 electronic viewfinder with 1.3 megapixel resolution
  • Leica CF 22 compact accessory flash
  • Accessory handgrip and choice of cases and bags

New: LEICA D-LUX 6

Superbly fast lens in an elegantly designed camera

Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents the latest model of the Leica D-Lux line. The Leica D-Lux 6 unites an outstandingly fast lens with a newly developed 1.7″ CMOS image sensor that is particularly large for this compact camera format. This enables imaging quality that sets entirely new standards in its class. The camera also offers a comprehensive range of features, including automatic mode, manual setting options and new, Full HD video recording capability. Optional accessories, like a new electronic viewfinder, provide even greater creative freedom in all areas of photography. Together with its intuitive handling concept, this all makes the classically elegant and stylish Leica D-Lux 6 the ideal companion for capturing moments in pictures of outstanding quality.

The lens of the Leica D-Lux 6 is a newly designed and constructed Leica DC-Vario-Summilux 4.7-17.7 mm f/1.4-2.3 ASPH. With a zoom range of 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), it offers an extremely practical range of focal lengths for a wide range of photographic applications and makes the camera particularly versatile for everything from macro shots and wide-angle architectural and landscape photography to photojournalism and portraits. In contrast to the forerunner model, the lens is now even faster and therefore particularly suitable for available light photography. Whether in adverse lighting conditions or for conscious manipulation of depth of focus, the Leica D-Lux 6 is the perfect camera for capturing truly distinctive images. The combination of this high-performance lens and the 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor (effective 10 MP) guarantees a high dynamic range and brilliant images.

The new image processor of the D-Lux 6 now enables photography with sensitivities from ISO 80 to ISO 12800. Images can be viewed directly in a choice of four formats, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1, in both capture and review mode on the new 3″ LCD monitor screen. The camera monitor with a wide viewing angle and a resolution of 920,000 pixels displays the images in superb quality before and after capture. This allows photographers to reliably and precisely assess images both during composition and after capture.

The Leica D-Lux 6 is characterised by clear lines and an intensely focused design that unites classical elegance with only the finest materials. All exposed surfaces of the compact metal body are anodised in black. Only a few chromed elements set discreet counterpoints and refine the clarity of the formal vocabulary so typical for Leica. The D-Lux 6 also features an optimised handling concept with clearly laid out functions that makes the camera simplicity itself to use.

The distance, shutter speed and exposure corrections can all be set with its ‘clickwheel’ control. The new option for setting the aperture on the lens barrel enables direct control and provides even more scope for creative composition. A second dial on the back of the camera offers manual focusing and the addition of an ND filter, for example to allow slower shutter speeds for intentional motion blur, despite intense light.

In addition to its programme AE, the D-Lux 6 also features a smart snapshot mode. In this mode, the camera automatically selects the ISO sensitivity, face recognition, dynamic range adjustment and the most appropriate scene mode. The camera’s integrated optical image stabilizer prevents the effects of camera shake especially in failing light or insufficiently illuminated indoor settings, and when shooting hand-held. Thanks to its new, selectable, spirit level function, precise camera alignment is now easier than ever before.

Other applications are covered by its new, Full HD video recording capability that can be started quickly and conveniently by pressing a button on the camera’s top deck. The camera records in AVCHD-Format with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second for perfect rendition of even fast-moving subjects in outstanding detail. Video data can be saved in Internet-compatible MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion. Crystal-clear sound recording is guaranteed by an integrated wind-noise filter that reduces undesirable noise.

The versatility of the Leica D-Lux 6 can also be further extended with a range of optional accessories. The Leica EVF3 electronic viewfinder with 1.3 megapixel resolution offers particular advantages in extreme lighting situations. It can be mounted on the accessory shoe of the camera and supports Live View, a function that lets the photographer view the subject through the lens and assess the precise composition of the subject. The Leica CF 22 compact accessory flash unit provides additional options for flash exposure and fill-in flash. If required, there is also an accessory handgrip that helps to ensure steady and safe handling of the camera. The range of accessories also features a choice of cases and bags. Camera owners can choose from a high-quality camera protector in finest leather, a classically elegant leather case and a system bag for the camera and its accessories.

The Leica D-Lux 6 will be available from authorised Leica dealers from November 2012. The camera is supplied complete with the professional still picture and video processing software Adobe® Photoshop Lightroom® 4.

Technical data LEICA D-LUX 6

Lens Leica DC Vario-Summilux 4.7 – 17.7 mm f/1.4 – 2.3 ASPH. (equivalent to 24 – 90 mm in 35 mm format), 11 elements in 10 groups (5 aspherical lenses, 9 aspherical surfaces)
Zoom
Optical/digital 3.8x/4x
Focusing
Modes Normal/Macro
Metering modes Face recognition, AF tracking, 23-field, 1-field (flexible/scalable)
Focusing ranges
P/A/S/M
50 cm–∞
Macro/intelligent/auto/video 1cm (wide-angle) / 30 cm (telephoto) – ∞
Sensor “1/1.7″” CMOS with 12.7 MP (effective 10.1 MP)”
Resolution
Still pictures 4:3 format: 3648 x 2736 pixels (10 MP), 3072 x 2304 pixels (7 MP), 2560 x 1920 pixels (5 MP), 2048 x 1536 pixels (3.1 MP), 1600 x 1200 pixels (1.9 MP), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3 MP3:2 format: 3776 x 2520 pixels (9.5 MP), 3168 x 2112 pixels (6.7 MP), 2656 x 1768 pixels (4.7 MP), 2112 x 1408 pixels (3 MP), 2048 x 1360 pixels (2.8 MP), 640 x 424 pixels (0.3 MP)
16:9 format: 3968 x 2232 pixels (8.9 MP), 3228 x 1872 pixels (6 MP), 2784 x 1588 pixels (4.4 MP), 2208 x 1248 pixels (2.8 MP),1920 x 1080 pixels (2.1 MP), 640 x 360 pixels (0.2 MP)
1:1 format: 2736 x 2736 pixels (7.5 MP), 2304 x 2304 pixels (5.3 MP), 1920 x 1920 pixels (3.7 MP), 1536 x 1536 pixels (2.4 MP), 480 x 480 pixels (0.2 MP)
Videos AVCHD, 16:9 format: 60p: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 fps, 60i: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 fps, 60p: 1280 x 720 pixels, 60 fps
MP4, 16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1280 x 720 pixels, 4:3-Format: 640 x 480 pixels.
3D photo function 16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 pixels (MPO format).
Recording file format/ compression rate
Still pictures JPEG (Fine/Standard) (DCF/Exif 2.3), RAW + Fine, RAW + Standard
Videos AVCHD/MP4
Video recording time Max. 29 minutes per clip (E-version only)
Exposure control
Exposure modes Automatic programme (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual setting (M), Intelligent-Auto
Exposure compensation Increments: 1/3 EV steps, range: ±3 EV
Scene modes Portrait, Soft skin, Scenery, Panorama shot, Sports, Night portrait, Night scenery, Food, HDR, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High sens., 3D Photo, Through glass, Handheld night shot
Metering modes Intelligent multiple, Centre-weighted, Spot
White balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, Colour temperature, Manual setting
Sensitivity Auto/i. ISO/80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800* (*with pixel binning)
Shutter speeds 250 s – 1/4000 s, f/1.4 – 8.0 (wide-angle), f/2.3 – 8.0 (telephoto), ND filter (3 steps)
Continuous shooting/burst frequency
max. number of pictures/max. resolution
2 fps: 100/10 MP, 5 fps: 100/10 MP, 11 fps: 12/10 MP, 40 fps: 40/5 MP, 60 fps: 60/2.5 MP
Flash
Flash modes AUTO, AUTO with pre-flash (to reduce red-eye effect), AUTO with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off
Range 80 cm – 8.5 m (W/ISO Auto), 0.3 – 5.2 m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Self-timer 2/10 s delay
Monitor “3.0””-TFT-LCD, approx. 920,000 pixels, AR coating”
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/mono
Recording media
Internal memory Approx. 70 MB
Memory cards SD: 8 MB–2 GB,
SDHC: 4 GB–32 GB,
SDXC: 48 GB–64 GB,
Interfaces Digital: USB, Mini-HDMI cable (Type C), AV-out: (PAL), charger socket
Printer compatibility PictBridge
Operating temperature/humidity 0–40°C /10–80%
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage/capacity 3.6 V/1250 mAh (330 pictures according to CIPA standards)
Dimensions (L × H × D) 110.5 × 67.1 × 46.6 mm
Weight 296 g with memory card and battery
Scope of delivery Camera with lens cap, battery charger (Leica BC-DC 10), battery (Leica BP-DC 10), hot shoe cover, AV cable, USB cable, shoulder strap, CD with full instructions
Software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4

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4 Responses to “Leica D-LUX 6”

  1. Jim Molloy says:

    I recently had a six-week holiday in Singapore, Australia (mainly) and Hong Kong, armed with my Leica D-lux 5. I took over 1300 photos. While the are not prize-winning shots – they were never intended to be, just a record of our trip – I am astounded at the quality of the shots. They are incredibly good for such a litte camera. Even shots at the extreme limit of the digital zoom are splendid.

    I would like to upgrade to the D-lux 6, but my camera dealer informs me that my EVF and grip will be incompatible. This strikes me as being daft on Leica’s part.Jim Molloy.

  2. David Rubinger says:

    The recovery time on my newly acquired Leica D-Lux 6 is unusually long. I stoped using RAW, hoping that this will help, alas no.
    Anybody familiar with this problem?

  3. Sosa says:

    Hi David,
    I have purchased my D-Lux6 a month ago and have been using ever since.
    I set my camera in M mode and Raw+JPEG and have no issue.
    You could either return it to the shop and ask for service or exchange with new one. Hope your camer’s issue will be soon fixed.
    Sosa

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