Slutsats: In shape, feel and spec the Leica is nearly identical to the (considerably cheaper) Panasonic LX5 – but with a longer warranty, reworked interface, and different firmware. The hotshoe supports external flashes as well as Leica’s electronic viewfinder (around US$560).
Summering: Leica has taken the already stylish D-Lux 5 and clad it with an anodised layer of titanium. It’s a beautiful camera – and the Italian leather case that comes with it ain’t too shabby either. You also get a copy of Adobe Lightroom 3 in the box to help with processing your shots. Those accoutrements and that design go some way towards justifying its terrifying price tag.
Summering: Продвинутая модель компактной камеры Leica D-Lux 5 стоит немалых денег, но поставляется вместе с программой Adobe Lightroom, рыночная цена которой составляет 300 долларов. Четкие изображения и достойное похвалы качество снимков при низкой освещенности делают эту камеру привлекательным вариантом для обеспеченных фотолюбителей.
Fördelar: Четкие изображения. Отличное качество видео. Adobe Lightroom включен в комплект поставки. Доступен оптический видоискатель.
Nackdelar: Дорогая. Ограниченный диапазон зума. Нет GPS-приемника.
Slutsats: Yes, brand loyalty aside, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium is incredibly expensive for what could be classed as a glorified snapshot camera. And for all its metal-bodied luxury it really is that at its core - it fits in your pocket and the lens on the front cannot be changed. But at least it is a well above average one.
Utdrag: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is one of our favourite premium grade compact cameras, which means our hopes for the nigh identical 10.1MP, 3.8x optical zoom Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium are as high as the price tag. Yes, owning a Leica camera with its famous little red dot logo costs a lot, with little concession made to market competitiveness.
Utdrag: If you are getting a sense of déjà vu from one look at this Leica, you'd be right to trust your instincts. The D-Lux 5 is its maker's near like-for-like interpretation of Panasonic's well-received Lumix DMC-LX5, which hit the shelves last year at around £450. Except that the version with the famous red dot logo we're testing here, in an 'it's Christmas so let's push the boat out' type of way, is the outwardly gorgeous limited edition D-Lux 5 Titanium.
Slutsats: The high-end Leica D-Lux 5 point-and-shoot camera comes with a sky-high sticker price, but includes the $300 Adobe Lightroom software package. Sharp images and laudable low-light performance make it an appealing option for well-heeled enthusiasts.
Fördelar: Sharp images. Good video quality. Adobe Lightroom software included. Optional EVF available.