The Leica D-Lux 5 is an expensive compact digital camera that reviewers say is a good choice for enthusiasts and serious photographers who don't mind paying more for the Leica brand. The 10.1-megapixel camera includes a 3.8x optical zoom and plenty of manual controls to suit discerning photographers. The Leica D-Lux 5 performs very well in low light, keeping noise to a minimum up through ISO 1600. The menu system is relatively easy to navigate, and video quality is impressive as well.
The biggest downside, according to reviews, is the Leica's price, which starts higher than many entry-level DSLRs. However, the camera does come with Adobe Lightroom software, which costs several hundred dollars on its own. This helps ease the sting a bit, according to most reviewers. In addition, many reviewers wish the Leica D-Lux 5 came with a viewfinder. If you aren't particularly wedded to the Leica brand, the Canon PowerShot S100 (*Est. $400) gets the best reviews among compact digital cameras.
If you like Leica, then the D-Lux 5 is worth a look. The $800 pricetag includes a fine camera as well as Adobe Lightroom software. If you're not brand loyal (or already have the software), there are better, cheaper options, such as the Canon PowerShot S100 (*Est. $400). The best reviews of the Leica D-Lux 5 come from PhotographyBlog.com, PCMag.com and CNET UK. These sources conduct exhaustive testing and conclude their reviews with a rating and bottom-line conclusion. We also found a good number of user reviews at Amazon.com.
PhotographyBlog.com gives the Leica D-Lux 5 a Recommended award. Although he thinks the camera is somewhat of a niche product, Gavin Stoker says it does provide very good image quality and a stylish design.
Review: Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium Review, Gavin Stoker, Dec. 21, 2011
PCMag.com gives the Leica D-Lux 5 a very good rating. "Sharp images and laudable low-light performance make it an appealing option for well-heeled enthusiasts," says Jim Fisher, but he thinks it's too expensive.
Review: Leica D-Lux 5, Jim Fisher, Dec. 20, 2011
3. CNET (U.K.)
CNET UK gives the Leica D-Lux 5 a high 4.5-star rating (out of 5). Nik Rawlinson says the image quality is "sublime," and he thinks serious photographers will be happy with the manual controls and "classic" styling, although he wishes it came with a viewfinder.
Review: Leica D-Lux 5 review, Nik Rawlinson, Feb. 28, 2011
The Leica D-Lux 5 receives a 4.4-star rating (out of 5) from about 35 reviewers at Amazon.com. Most reviews are highly positive, although a few critics are disappointed with the image quality.
Review: Leica D-Lux 5, Contributors to Amazon.com