Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6 front
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-90mm (F1.4-2.3) lens
  • 298g - 111 x 68 x 46mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Old Model is Leica D-LUX 5
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Leica D-Lux 6 overview

Leica D-Lux 6 is Leica's Small Sensor Compact camera originally introduced on September of 2012. It has got a 10 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/1.7" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Leica brought out this camera in an effort to upgrade the earlier Leica D-LUX 5 (Read Full Comparison)

The D-Lux 6 is positioned #14 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #531 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can test our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Leica D-Lux 6 family

The Leica D-Lux 6 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can view all earlier and new models alongside important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-D-Lux-6 front thumbnailLeica D-Lux 624-90mm
Leica-D-LUX-5 front thumbnailLeica D-LUX 5
D-Lux 6 vs D-LUX 5
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Leica D-Lux 6 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Leica D-Lux 6 based on things which are generally seen as essential in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
exports RAW files
focusing manually
good aperture at full zoom (f2.3)
good max aperture (f1.4)
good min ISO (80)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good zoom range (24-90mm 3.8 x zoom)
great battery power (330 shots)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
nice clear screen (920 k dot)
offers tracking focus
quite wide (24mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have phase detect autofocus
lack of headphone jack
lack of microphone jack
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10MP)
more heavy than competition (298 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Leica D-Lux 6 Sensor specs

The Leica D-Lux 6 is run by the Venus Engine processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Leica D-Lux 6 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 10MP and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 6400. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a maximum of 12800. RAW format is saved which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the D-Lux 6's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The D-Lux 6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is showcased in green.

Leica D-Lux 6 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica D-Lux 6 dimensions

Leica D-Lux 6 weighs about 0.66 pounds (298 grams or 10.51 oz) and features outside measurements of 111mm x 68mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Leica D-Lux 6 is weightier than other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Leica D-Lux 6 next to a softdrink so you can have a sense of its size.

Leica D-Lux 6 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button layout on the D-Lux 6.

Leica D-Lux 6 topview buttons dials

Leica D-Lux 6 Lens details

The D-Lux 6 features a built-in lens with a focal range of 24-90mm making it a 3.8 x zoom which is not great nevertheless it might be handy in some cases.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f1.4 which will be amazing in low light circumstances and capturing good bokeh. It would also enable you to use a much lower ISO to get better files. For the long end, 90mm comes at f2.3 which is pretty good and will help you to maintain higher shutter speeds.

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Leica D-Lux 6 Connectivity

The D-Lux 6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Leica D-Lux 6 Video details

The highest video resolution in the Leica D-Lux 6 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance for quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means you have got zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to find a different model in case you require better audio in your video clips.

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Leica D-Lux 6 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Leica D-Lux 6 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Leica D-Lux 6 Display and Viewfinder

The Leica D-Lux 6 has got a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 920k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Leica D-Lux 6 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

Viewfinders are quite handy for sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Leica D-Lux 6 Shutter details

Leica D-Lux 6 is able to shoot continuously at 11.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Leica D-Lux 6 Flash and Hot shoe details

Leica D-Lux 6 boasts both in-built flash plus external flash ability.

Leica D-Lux 6 Autofocus details

Leica D-Lux 6 boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact than Contrast Detect focusing.

It has got 23 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Leica D-Lux 6 supports manual focus when required for low light occasions or you need to have more accurate focus control.

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Leica D-Lux 6 Battery life

The battery power for the Leica D-Lux 6 is made to last for 330 pictures as per the CIPA specifications which is higher than standard when compared to its class. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Leica D-Lux 6 for specific categories of photography

The following graph gives a summation of the Leica D-Lux 6 for specific categories of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Leica D-Lux 6

The Leica D-Lux 6 has a score of 41 which is bad, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos & ability to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
supports RAW files
low megapixels (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")

Leica D-Lux 6 Street photography highlights

Getting a reasonable rating of 58, the Leica D-Lux 6 is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than others (298g)

Sports photography with Leica D-Lux 6

A bad sports photography points tally of 42 indicates the Leica D-Lux 6 is not really acceptable for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery power (330 CIPA)
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF

Leica D-Lux 6 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty important in getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Leica D-Lux 6 gets a nice 64 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to take on your trips.

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better than average battery (330 per charge)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.4)
more heavy than average in class (298 grams)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display

Leica D-Lux 6 Landscape photography advice

When you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Leica D-Lux 6 at it's average grade of 57 as a landscape camera is somewhat appropriate within the current marketplace.

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manual focus
really wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.4)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
good battery (330 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")

Leica D-Lux 6 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Leica D-Lux 6 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a bad score of 32.

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quite wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.4)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic port
heavier than others in class (298 grams)

Leica D-Lux 6 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the D-Lux 6, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph here shows you an overview of the D-Lux 6 compared to it's highest ranking competitors listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Leica D-Lux 6
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-90mm (3.8x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
920k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech
Viewfinder Information
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
11.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
8.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
298 gr (0.66 lbs)
Physical dimensions
111 x 68 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8")
Battery life
330 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Retail cost