Leica D-Lux 6 and Leica V-Lux 4 images

The upcoming Leica D-Lux 6 and V-Lux 4 cameras are exactly what you would expect them to be.

The new models are based on the Panasonic LX7 and FZ200 cameras and will probably be announced on September 17th, 2012. The expected specs are:

Leica D-Lux 6:

  • New 1/1.7" 10.1MP MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux 24mm f/1.4 Lens
  • 3.8 Optical Zoom Lens
  • 3.0" 920K-Dot LCD with Auto Brightness
  • Full HD 1080 Video Recording
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG Recording Options
  • Trust iA and iA Plus Modes
  • Creative Control Modes
  • Time Lapse Shot Function
Leica V-Lux 4:
  • 12.1 MP MOS Sensor
  • LSI Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 25-600mm f/2.8 Leica Optical Zoom Lens
  • 3.0" Free Angle 460K-dot LCD Display
  • 0.2" Electronic View Finder w/ 100% FOV
  • 12 fps Continuous Shooting
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG Recording Option
  • Full HD 60p Video Recording
  • Improved Ergonomics
  • Hot-shoe and Accessory Mount

Images via Mirrorlessrumors

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  • Michael


    who -that carries some brain around – can be that stupid and buy those cameras?

    They`re nothing more than PANAs with red LEICA dot.

    • m

      Well, it all just comes down to taste I guess, but of course that only counts for the d-lux 6. The v-lux 4 is ugly no matter if its from Pana or Leica.
      I would not run around with an ugly LX-7 just to safe some money, that would be…stupid.

    • J Shin

      Remember, it’ll be $1000 more if it does NOT have the red dot. 🙂

  • TN

    Agreed with m – I bought the D-Lux 5 over the LX5… I care about aesthetics and chose to pay extra for Lightroom and the fact it looks better than the LX5.

    I don’t see how this is much different from say, buying a car, then paying an extra $1,000 – $2,000 for metallic paint.

    You can call people stupid for doing this because they’re still getting the same car, except with a different fancy coat of paint, but I don’t think it’s “stupid”, it’s about what you value, and some are willing to pay more $$ for something that looks more aesthetically appealing (to them), and I don’t see how that is “stupid” if they can afford it and it makes them happier.

    You’d think photographers who are interested in aesthetics would actually understand this.

    • NYC2

      As NYC correctly points out, your examples are truly moronic. You can’t compare the 1000-2000 dollar premium for metallic paint on a 30,000 dollar car with the 500 dollar premium for a red dot on a 500 dollar camera. You see, the 1000-2000 metallic paint is a 3-6% price increase, while the red dot is a 100% price increase. Do you understand? I thought not…

      • spam

        Actually, he did compare the metallic paint premium to the red dot premium, guess that proves you wrong. But assuming you’re right, could you give the percentage that it’s OK to “waste” before I’d look stupid?

        • NYC2

          Based on your comment, I’m sure you’d look stupid regardless of how much you spend.

          • SPAMBurger

            LOL @ NYC – you were made to look like a fool so now you start insulting, ROFL! AHAHAHAHAHA

      • Harry

        Things that matter most here ia that can u afford any of these cams, especially Leica? So many people talking nonsense and give lousy reasons. If people so want to save money, just buy the pana version, take pics and enjoy with it. Its ur money. But to call others stupid just because they would pay more for leica, that is pure crap. Oh btw, i have tested d-lux 6 and pana. Theres a slight different in terms of color. And the button and build is better than pana. To me at least. So its not exactly a same camera.

    • Big Lou

      So true, and the fact that some people say that the Leica is nothing more than a Panasonic Lumix with a Red dot. I used to be a Pro photographer and used all Nikon and Hasselblad gear. In my day a Blad was the best Medium format bar none, it was the Carl Zeis lens 🙂 Leica rangefinders were ranked #1 when a person wanted to shoot a pic w/o any shutter noise. Theyy had leaf shutters like the Hasselblad but w/o a mirror that makes noise. When it comes to sell gear you will not get anything for a Panasonic but youu wil get at least 80% of what you paid for a Leica. But like my Hasselblad, WHY would anyone want to sell it in the First place?? LOL

  • TN

    If for example, Ferrari produced a car available in vomit coloured green, but made it available in red for an extra $1,000 – would you call people “stupid” for paying an extra $1,000 for essentially the same car, except in a different colour?

    • NYC

      That is such an idiotic example, as the red Ferrari is 0.5 percent more expensive than the green one, while the stupid Leica dot makes the camera 100% more expensive than the non-Leica dot ditto. I guess you’re not mathematically inclined…

  • Nobody Special

    I think point the here is that the ‘value’ here isn’t real – these are simply rebadged cameras with a bit of software tweeking.

    Oh sure, there are those that will opt to spend the extra cash for the name on it, but it has nothing to do with product capability. The whole thing is a bit disingenuous – they won’t deny they are Panasonic cameras – they just won’t tell those that don’t already know.

    • Somebody special

      “Oh sure, there are those that will opt to spend the extra cash for the name on it, but it has nothing to do with product capability” – Yes, that’s what TN was saying – it has nothing to do with product capability, it is about paying more for something that they feel is more aesthetically appealing.

      You completely missed the point.

  • Ken

    I’ll probably buy the D-lux 6 over the pana. I have had my D-lux 3 completely soaked by saltwater several times (though not submerged) and it still works fine. I have found the build and weather proofing of my D-lux 3 to be far better than I ever imagined it would be.

    It will also be interesting if the D-lux 6 has better firmware for the time lapse function??? The pana can only take one image every 60 seconds and a maximum of 60 images; that’s does not even come close to a time lapse function.

    Additionally the LX 7 is very slightly larger than the LX5, only by 2 or 3 mm. But, that’s just enough so that it does not fit into the Ikelite waterproof housing. I contacted Ikelite and they have no plans of making a LX 7 housing.

    Does anyone know if the D-lux 6 will have the same EXACT dimensions of the D-lux 5? (I’d like to get the Ikelite LX 5 housing for it)

  • peter drijver

    but NOT as interesting as the ‘compact’ that Sony DSC-RX1 presented with a FF sensor and fixed 35 m lens by Zeiss…

  • Aris

    These things are really sad. To me they do not look better at all than the Pana originals, but that is subjective. I find these things really sad as they come in the middle of the Photokina stampede, and will get stage time next Monday from Leica “as if” they were meaningful. I mean: compare D-Lux6/LX7 to Sony RX100 for example, or to all the stuff announced this week. This format of “high end” compact is so boring and irrelevant in 2012. The world has moved on. Pity Leica wastes its brand value on stuff like this. I guess they make a few easy bucks this way. If that helps get an updated digital M out the door, well, so be it…. The rest of Monday’s stuff better be mind blowing!

  • Stef Flater

    Not sure what the difference really is between the Panasonic and Leica models but I the RAW format of the Panasonic can be recognized by iPhoto/Aperture while the RAW format of the Leica V-Lux 3 can’t be used with those programs. There must be a difference in the RAW-format. Fortunately I can use Photoshop Elements for this.

    • Big Lou

      I think your wrong on the Raw format issue. I’ll double check but I thought I just read that the Leica’s Raw will work fine on iPhoto.

      • MakersMarian

        Did anyone find a way to upload using iPhoto?

  • I want to buy the camera like PakPak’s one>

  • You can call it stupid, but you can also call it rich.. it is the same as having $20 steak dinner in wendys or $200 steak dinner in mortons.. and i bet people that eat $200 steak usually are more clever than people that eat the $20 dollar one.. hehehe…

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