Leica D-Lux 7

Leica D-Lux 7 front
  • 17MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 403g - 118 x 66 x 64mm
  • Introduced November 2018
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Leica D-Lux 7 overview

Leica D-Lux 7 is Leica's Large Sensor Compact camera initially released on November of 2018. It features a 17 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4736 x 3552.

The D-Lux 7 ranks at #19 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #242 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Leica D-Lux 7 family

The Leica D-Lux 7 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-D-Lux-7 front thumbnailLeica D-Lux 724-75mm
17MPFour Thirds2018
Leica-D-Lux-Typ-109 front thumbnailLeica D-Lux Typ 109
D-Lux 7 vs D-Lux Typ 109
13MPFour Thirds2014
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Leica D-Lux 7 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Leica D-Lux 7 based on aspects that are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a camera.

better than average battery (340 CIPA)
comes with face detect focusing
comes with tracking focus
good ISO range (25,600)
good maximum aperture (f1.7)
good video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
great aperture at full zoom (f2.8)
has bluetooth
has focus via touch
has HDMI support
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
in built lens has zoom (24-75mm 3.1 x zoom)
pretty good screen size (3")
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
relatively wide (24mm)
resolution is good (17 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good screen resolution (1,240 thousand dot)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect AF
missing headphone jack
missing microphone jack
no moving screen
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Leica D-Lux 7 Sensor specs

The sensor measurement on the Leica D-Lux 7 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4736 x 3552 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 17 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can be widened electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW format is saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the D-Lux 7's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The D-Lux 7 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica D-Lux 7 dimensions

Leica D-Lux 7 weighs about 0.89 pounds (403 grams / 14.22 oz) & has exterior measurements of 118mm x 66mm x 64mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 2.5"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams and the Leica D-Lux 7 is on par compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Leica D-Lux 7 beside a soft drink so you can get a feel for its size.

Leica D-Lux 7 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button design on the D-Lux 7.

Leica D-Lux 7 topview buttons dials

Leica D-Lux 7 Lens details

The D-Lux 7 features a built-in lens with a focal range of 24-75mm making it a 3.1 x zoom which may not be amazing but it is going to be very helpful in some conditions.

At it's widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f1.7 making it fantastic for low light conditions and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also allow you to choose a much lower ISO for getting crisper photographs. At the long end, 75mm comes with f2.8 making it quite good and will let you keep higher shutter speeds.

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Leica D-Lux 7 Connectivity

The D-Lux 7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and usually change settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Leica D-Lux 7 Video details

The maximum video resolution on the Leica D-Lux 7 is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 format. 2160p provides an excellent resolution for video. You can downsample to Full HD to get clearer video. Beware of the considerable file sizes and make sure you own good SD cards with good write speed. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket which means you get zero control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look into another camera in case you need good sound for your video clips.

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Leica D-Lux 7 Weather Sealing

Leica D-Lux 7 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions may ruin the camera.

Leica D-Lux 7 Display and Viewfinder

The Leica D-Lux 7 features a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 1,240 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can switch focus point as well as adjust settings with your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Leica D-Lux 7 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,760 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Leica D-Lux 7 Shutter details

Leica D-Lux 7 is able to shoot continuously at 11.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter can produce "rolling shutter" under some lighting conditions.

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Leica D-Lux 7 Flash and Hot shoe details

Leica D-Lux 7 has external flash ability but with missing in-built flash.

Leica D-Lux 7 Autofocus details

Leica D-Lux 7 has only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it valuable for portraits.

The AF system features 49 focus points to choose from. Leica D-Lux 7 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for subjects that move. Leica D-Lux 7 has manual focusing when required in low light scenarios or you need more precise focusing control.

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Leica D-Lux 7 Battery life

The battery on the Leica D-Lux 7 is designed to last for 340 photos with respect to the CIPA specifications which is above average ın comparison with its category. The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U comes with the highest possible (450) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Leica D-Lux 7 for different types of photography

The following illustration indicates a analysis of the Leica D-Lux 7 for different types of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Leica D-Lux 7 Portrait photography information

The Leica D-Lux 7 gets a rating of 74 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine fit to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and ability to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (17MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW formats

Leica D-Lux 7 Street photography advice

Getting a fantastic points tally of 77, the Leica D-Lux 7 is a brilliant option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
features touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate

Leica D-Lux 7 Sports photography factors

A nice sports photography points total of 71 indicates the Leica D-Lux 7 is a good pick for photographing sports. A camera must have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (17 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
great battery power (340 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Leica D-Lux 7 Travel photography advice

Portability is very important when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Leica D-Lux 7 gets a awesome 78 as a travel camera which is a terrific fit to take with you on your trips.

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great battery pack (340 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch focus
good resolution (17 megapixels)
fairly wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
display isn't selfie friendly

Leica D-Lux 7 Landscape photography details

For anyone looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Leica D-Lux 7 at it's wonderful rating of 76 for a landscape camera is a superb pick compared to it's competitors.

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focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.7)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (17MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (340 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)

Leica D-Lux 7 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Leica D-Lux 7 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a bad rating of 37.

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pretty wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone socket

Leica D-Lux 7 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the D-Lux 7, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph down below shows you a summary of the D-Lux 7 versus it's top scoring competitors shown above.

These are some more cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Leica D-Lux 7
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
17 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4736 x 3552
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-75mm (3.1x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
1,240 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,760 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
1800 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
DP-DC15 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
403 gr (0.89 lbs)
Physical dimensions
118 x 66 x 64mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 2.5")
Battery life
340 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots
Price at launch