Leica D-Lux Typ 109

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 front
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 405g - 118 x 66 x 55mm
  • Announced September 2014
  • Additionally Known as Typ 109
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 overview

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is Leica's Large Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on September of 2014. It includes a 13 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4112 x 3088. The camera is referred to as "Typ 109" in some countries.

The D-Lux Typ 109 is rated #40 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all around #336 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 history

The Leica D-Lux Typ 109 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can view all previous and more recent models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-D-Lux-7 front thumbnailLeica D-Lux 7
D-Lux Typ 109 vs D-Lux 7
17MPFour Thirds2018
Leica-D-Lux-Typ-109 front thumbnailLeica D-Lux Typ 10924-75mm
13MPFour Thirds2014
Photography Glossary

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 based on criterias that are usually seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (24-75mm 3.1 x zoom)
comes with HDMI out
decent MP (13MP)
exports RAW formats
fast at the long end (f2.8)
great high ISO (25,600)
great max aperture (f1.7)
has manual focus
image stabilization (Optical)
NFC support
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen has good resolution (921 k dots)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
supports tracking autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lacks phase detect AF
missing external microphone support
missing headphone support
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
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Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Sensor specifications

The size of the sensor in the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4112 x 3088 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 13MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can also be expanded electronically to a low of 100. RAW format is supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the D-Lux Typ 109's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The D-Lux Typ 109 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 dimensions

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 weighs 0.89 lbs (405g or 14.29 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 118mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 2.2"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g so the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is very similar as compared to various competitors.

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The following is a visual of the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 next to a soda to help you have a sense of its scale.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button layout on the D-Lux Typ 109.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 topview buttons dials

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Lens specifications

The D-Lux Typ 109 provides a fixed lens providing a focal range of 24-75mm giving it a 3.1 x zoom which isn't huge nevertheless it is likely to be handy in some circumstances.

At the widest 24mm, the lens provides an aperture of f1.7 which will be beneficial in low light circumstances and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also enable you to use a much lower ISO to capture clearer photos. For the tele end, 75mm comes at f2.8 which is pretty decent and allows you to have high shutter speeds.

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Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Connectivity

The D-Lux Typ 109 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer files and sometimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Video specifications

The highest video resolution in the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4 file format. 2160p gives you an excellent resolution for video. You can easily crop to Full HD in order to get better video. Beware of the huge file sizes and ensure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone socket so you get no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative camera if you require decent sound in your videos.

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Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Weather Sealing

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica D-Lux Typ 109 includes a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Leica D-Lux Typ 109 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,760k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders can be quite helpful for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Shutter specifications

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 continuous shooting speed is 11.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 has got external flash ability but does not include inbuilt flash.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Autofocusing specifications

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 has got just Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is handy for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor includes 49 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking AF for objects on the move. Leica D-Lux Typ 109 supports manual focusing if needed for low light occasions or you need more exact focusing control.

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Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Battery life

The battery power for the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is made to last for 300 shutters as per the CIPA standards making it about average when compared to its competitors. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the highest (450) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 for varying types of photography

The following chart provides a summation of the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 for varying types of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Portrait photography info

The Leica D-Lux Typ 109 receives a score of 70 which is nice, and means the camera is a respectable option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the capability to utilize external lighting.

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focusing manually
MP count good (13MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Street photography advice

Having a nice rating of 75, the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is a good option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
above average ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Sports photography details

A very good sports photography points tally of 65 means the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is a fine fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (13MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Leica D-Lux Typ 109

Portability is extremely critical in buying a camera for travel. In general, the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 gets a nice 73 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine choice to take on your vacations.

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decent sensor resolution (13MP)
really wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.7)
does not have a selfie friendly screen

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Leica D-Lux Typ 109 at it's very good score of 73 as a landscape camera is a respectable fit in the current market.

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manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.7)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (13MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it gets a dreadful score of 35.

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fairly wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
does not have microphone socket

Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the D-Lux Typ 109, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below offers you a summary of the D-Lux Typ 109 vs it's top ranked rivals listed previously.

These are various other cameras you may look into as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Leica D-Lux Typ 109
Also referred to as
Typ 109
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4112 x 3088
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-75mm (3.1x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
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
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
11.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
405g (0.89 lb)
Physical dimensions
118 x 66 x 55mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 2.2")
Battery life
300 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Price at launch