Leica D-LUX 5
- 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- 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
- Newer Model is Leica D-Lux 6
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Leica D-LUX 5 overview
Leica D-LUX 5 is Leica's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on September of 2010. It includes a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/1.63" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
Leica introduced the more recent Leica D-Lux 6 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.
The D-LUX 5 is rated #64 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #815 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized factors.
The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Leica D-LUX 5 family
The Leica D-LUX 5 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can look at all previous and more recent models alongside key specifications.
D-LUX 5 vs D-Lux 624-90mm
Leica D-LUX 5 Gallery
You can look at the D-LUX 5 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Leica D-LUX 5 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Leica D-LUX 5 based on aspects that are typically seen as crucial in a camera.
Leica D-LUX 5 Sensor information
The specification of the sensor on the Leica D-LUX 5 is 8.07mm x 5.56mm (1/1.63"). The 45 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and features a native ISO range of 80 to 12800. RAW photos are saved so the user has more margin for error.
The picture below displays the D-LUX 5's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The D-LUX 5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.5 and is presented in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Leica D-LUX 5 dimensions
Leica D-LUX 5 weighs around 0.60 lbs (271 grams / 9.56 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 110mm x 66mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Leica D-LUX 5 is more heavy as compared with various competitors.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The following is a visual of the Leica D-LUX 5 beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will show the button arrangement on the D-LUX 5.
Leica D-LUX 5 Lens information
The D-LUX 5 has got a built-in lens having a focal range of 24-90mm making it a 3.8 x zoom which won't be huge but it will definitely be invaluable in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f2.0 which will be wonderful in low light situations and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also allow you to use a much lower ISO to capture clearer files. For the long end, 90mm comes at f3.3 which is very good and will allow you to use higher shutter speeds.
Leica D-LUX 5 Connectivity
The D-LUX 5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and sometimes change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Certain apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Leica D-LUX 5 Video information
The highest video resolution on the Leica D-LUX 5 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in AVCHD Lite and Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should really try to get at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone socket so you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at another camera in case you need good sound in your video clips.
Leica D-LUX 5 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Leica D-LUX 5 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.
Leica D-LUX 5 Display and Viewfinder
The Leica D-LUX 5 includes a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specifications regarding Leica D-LUX 5 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be very helpful.
Leica D-LUX 5 Shutter information
Leica D-LUX 5 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Leica D-LUX 5 Flash and Hot shoe information
Leica D-LUX 5 boasts both built-in flash and external flash ability.
Leica D-LUX 5 Autofocus information
Leica D-LUX 5 boasts only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system includes 23 focus points to pick from. Leica D-LUX 5 supports manual focusing when required in low light situations or you require more exact control on focusing.
Leica D-LUX 5 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life in this range of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:
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Leica D-LUX 5 for different types of photography
The following graph provides a analysis of the Leica D-LUX 5 for different types of photography. To view more, check out the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Leica D-LUX 5
The Leica D-LUX 5 has a rating of 41 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really appropriate to use for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos & ability to work with external flash.
Leica D-LUX 5 Street photography details
Having a average score of 59, the Leica D-LUX 5 is fairly appropriate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sports photography with Leica D-LUX 5
A really bad sports photography points tally of 27 indicates the Leica D-LUX 5 is not really appropriate for photographing sports. A camera must have good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Leica D-LUX 5 Travel photography info
Size is very crucial in selecting a travel camera. All round, the Leica D-LUX 5 gets a modest 59 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited to buy for your travels.
Landscape photography with Leica D-LUX 5
When you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Leica D-LUX 5 at it's reasonable rating of 52 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable within the current marketplace.
Leica D-LUX 5 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging ought to come with a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Leica D-LUX 5 is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a really bad score of 29.
Leica D-LUX 5 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the D-LUX 5, here is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart just below offers you a summary of the D-LUX 5 versus it's highest rated competitors shown previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.