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Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610

Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38
Leica D-LUX 5 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Key Specs

Leica D-LUX 5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 66 x 43mm
  • Introduced September 2010
  • Successor is Leica D-Lux 6
Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Introduced August 2012
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Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Overview

Following is a in depth comparison of the Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Leica and Nikon. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the D-LUX 5 (10MP) and L610 (16MP) and the D-LUX 5 (1/1.63") and L610 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The D-LUX 5 was announced 22 months earlier than the L610 making them a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a thorough comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the D-LUX 5 scores against the L610 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica D-LUX 5 over the Nikon L610

 D-LUX 5 L610 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Leica D-LUX 5

 L610 D-LUX 5 
IntroducedAugust 2012September 2010More modern by 22 months

Common features in the Leica D-LUX 5 and Nikon L610

 D-LUX 5 L610 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution460k460kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Leica D-LUX 5 enjoys external dimensions of 110mm x 66mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") along with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs) while the Nikon L610 has sizing of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the D-LUX 5 and the L610.

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D-LUX 5 and L610 is 88 and 90 respectively.

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 top view buttons comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to envision the difference between sensor sizes purely by checking technical specs. The pic here will give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D-LUX 5 and L610.

As you have seen, both of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The D-LUX 5 with its larger sensor will make shooting bokeh less difficult and the Nikon L610 will give you greater detail with its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics more aggressively. The more aged D-LUX 5 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 sensor size comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon L610 Portrait photography highlights
41
has manual focus
delivers RAW files
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
30
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 Street photography information
Nikon L610 Street photography information
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
more heavy than average (271 grams)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (240 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 Sports photography advice
Nikon L610 Sports photography advice
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
low resolution (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
45
long zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (120 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 Travel photography advice
Nikon L610 Travel photography advice
59
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (271g)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
66
lighter than average (240g)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (350mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
terrible battery life (120 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Landscape photography camera
52
has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.63")
no Timelapse recording
41
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
terrible battery life (120 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica D-LUX 5 Vlogging advice
Nikon L610 Vlogging advice
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relatively wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone jack
more heavy than average (271 grams)
33
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (240 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of mic socket
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Leica D-LUX 5 vs Nikon L610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica D-LUX 5 and Nikon L610
 Leica D-LUX 5Nikon Coolpix L610
General Information
Make Leica Nikon
Model type Leica D-LUX 5 Nikon Coolpix L610
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2010-09-21 2012-08-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-90mm (3.8x) 25-350mm (14.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.0-3.3 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.20 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD Lite, Motion JPEG H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 271 gr (0.60 lbs) 240 gr (0.53 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 66 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 120 photos
Form of battery - AA
Battery ID - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $799 $150