Leica announces Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium ‘Special Edition’

New Leica D-Lux 5 limited edition (1500 units produced), US pricing should be around $1,200.00:

Versatile digital compact camera in titanium styling with luxury leather case

18 October 2011: Leica Camera AG has today announced a special edition of its successful D-Lux 5 digital camera: the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium. This elegantly-designed compact camera, with its sophisticated, anodised silver-grey finish, comes presented in a special set with a premium grey leather case with shoulder strap, and is sure to be on every discerning photographer’s list of ‘objects of desire’ this Christmas.

Equipped with the same high-performance technical specifications as the standard Leica D-Lux 5 model, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium includes a fast 5.1 - 19.2mm f/2 - 3.3 ASPH. zoom lens with a focal length range from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), suitable for a wide variety of situations including wide-angle landscape and macro photography.

The camera’s 1/1.63” CCD image sensor, with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels, is unusually large for a compact model, and is perfectly attuned to the Leica lens together with the electronics and software, producing images with outstandingly natural colour rendition, superb sharpness and high contrast.  The exceptionally fast maximum aperture makes it an ideal camera for ‘available light’ photography.

With clearly laid-out menus and straightforward operation of its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the versatile Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium offers intuitive handling in all photographic situations, from creative image design to spontaneous reportage-style shots, as well as when using the camera’s 1,280 x 720 pixel HD movie recording feature.

The camera delivers images in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1, a particularly interesting format for creative composition. Furthermore, the 3” LCD screen, with its wide viewing angle and 460,000 pixel resolution, enables accurate framing and composition, as well as high quality, detailed image review.

The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium comes with (as a download) Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3, professional processing software that allows photographers to develop RAW image files and maintain complete control over the development process applied to their images. The high quality, complementary grey calf leather case is included in the set.

Pricing and availability

The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium special edition set is scheduled to be available in the UK at the end of October 2011 at an SRP of £855 including VAT from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk, tel: 020 7629 1351. A full list of authorised UK Leica dealers is available at www.leica-camera.co.uk.

Leica warranty and added value services

The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium comes with a two-year warranty and a one-year Leica UK ‘Passport’ (complimentary accidental damage cover). UK customers are also welcome to visit the Leica Store and Akademie in Mayfair, London, for a complimentary demonstration or training session on the features of the camera. Technical support by telephone is available via Leica’s London-based Client Care department.

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  • peter drijver

    ‘anodised silver-grey finish': is that true titanium or wanna-bee titanium for 1200 bucks?

    • Nobody Special

      It’s Leicas’ exclusive ‘Titanium styling’ – okay, Just who is Leica trying to attract/kid/fool with this latest and greatest nonsense?

      It is, isn’t it? Leica just keeps getting further and further along the path to insignificance while they ‘promise’ a new camera that will satisfy and wow in twelve months. I really, really, hope they do but surviving until then with more special editions to keep us all ‘interested’ is a stretch. You can go out and buy a Nikon D7000 for the same price that includes a base kit lens with a rebate. What’s a better investment?

  • Kees Toxopeus

    I think I keep my Panasonic LX5!

  • http://www.kristiandowling.com Kristian Dowling

    Red dot on titanium? Yuck

  • zd

    “Object of desire”—object of showing off perhaps. Don’t see how anyone will fetch a 50% premium for a limited edition camera to take pictures. They belong to the vaults and showrooms.

    It’s a good looking piece of equipment, but the best looking cameras to me are those worn down to the bare metal, like those beautiful old Leica Ms—my objects of desire.

  • http://www.1984studios.com Mat Miller

    hmmm, really Leica, how about a decent rangefinder for $2000. Fill that market and you would be making 3x what you are now. Quit wasting your time…..

    • Jorge

      While i share and understand your ( our) desire for a cheaper (reasonably priced rangefinder), that doesn’t seem to always work out. Remeber the leica CL. That what it was. A cheaper leica. Now, i don’t agree with the current price of leica’s m9. And i’m not arguing your comment. But it makes me think, why is that we always want something cheaper. A then when it comes out, it just doesn’t make it with customers.
      BTW, have you consider zeiss ikon? Or an M8. i’d want to know your reasons why not get these. But please say something beside 10 megapixels.

      Thanks

      • Nobody Special

        The CL was a small, FF camera that was not easy to use and the finder wasn’t all that great – a nice idea that really should probably never made it to market. When it came out, I thought, ‘why bother’?

        Make a lower priced Leica and sales of the ‘uber M’ would tank, especially if it had a better eyepiece and finder and was FF and could use M mount lenses.

      • http://www.1984studios.com Mat Miller

        I settled for a used Epson R-D1s. I love the camera, the only wish I had for it that it is 10MP, not 6MP. But I would take a 6MP Leica any day…. If I could invest in only one type of camera I would, but unfortunately I have other investments to think about. Even if it was $3000 that is awesome. but 7-8k? without a lens? come on… I know what they are doing but maybe if they pulled something like that off they would not have to sell 44% of their shares to some investment company….

        sorry I accidentally double posted btw…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aminsf/ AM*shoots*SF

    This is amazing! Great deal! Who wants a Fuji x100, when you can have a small sensor camera for the same price!

  • M!

    there must be markets for these special editions….

    1500 units worldwide. it’s not really that limited.

    btw, is there a page that keeps track of the “LIMITED EDITIONS” leica produce?…

  • sanename

    I’d buy one made out of cheese…

  • http://www.1984studios.com Mat Miller

    I settled for a used Epson R-D1s. I love the camera, the only wish I had for it that it is 10MP, not 6MP. But I would take a 6MP Leica any day…. If I could invest in only one type of camera I would, but unfortunately I have other investments to think about. Even if it was $3000 that is awesome. but 7-8k? without a lens? come on… I know what they are doing but maybe if they pulled something like that off they would not have to sell 44% of their shares to some investment company….

  • Mark

    … I really think that the black looks better

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