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My Leica D-Lux 3 that displays (1) a purple color shift for white colors in bright light; and (2) a photos show a green or yellow tint in low light.

I have looked over the presets and defaults. I cannot find a switch that improves the display.

I believe that the exposure sensor is damaged or malfunctioning.

Otherwise, the camera is in good shape cosmetically and according to a review of the presets and default, working correctly.

A used replacement on Ebay is about $150 to $200.

My questions are:

-1- Can I send my camera to the Leica repair for a new sensor for that amount of money? I know about the submission form that requires a maximum repair cost to be stated.

-2- Is a Leica repaired camera totally checked out and then repaired so as to insure long lasting functioning?

-3- Is it better to purchase another non-leica camera for $150 to $200 with improved specifications like increased megapixels?

Thanks for reviewing my questions,


PS I encountered an error when uploading files; although I deleted the upload files, I cannot upload replacements.

I have used up all of my storage space and cannot locate a delete button in My Attachments. 

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In view of its age my instinct is that it is time to upgrade to a later and younger D-Lux model. They are all excellent and any one would give you increased capabilities. Furthermore, operationally, you would have no difficulties in moving on to a later model. Buying an equally old model would leave you vulnerable to similar sensor failure as components age. Another reason to upgrade.

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Even if Leica were able to repair this fault on a thirteen year old camera, I am sure that they would decline on economic grounds. I would advise you to replace the camera by one of the newer D-luxes.

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