Leica D-Lux 2 v Panasonic DMCLX1S

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Kevin, May 19, 2006.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Although I am a committed film person I now find that a digital camera
    would be useful as I have a need for digital pictures and I can avoid
    the d&p and scanning route. I just happened to go past the shop where I
    bought my Contax and they showed me a Leica D-Lux 2 for about £550 but
    later on whilst in Costco I saw a Panasonic camera that looked
    identical for almost half the price.
    Does anybody know about these 2 cameras and whether they are in fact
    the same camera under 2 different brands.
    The digital SLR's look so bulky that I don't see what advantage they
    would give me over the Aria.

    Kevin
     
    Kevin, May 19, 2006
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  2. Kevin

    John Bean Guest

    They're the same camera, with mainly cosmetic differences.
    The manufacturer is Panasonic.

    The Leica is bundled with Elements 3 and has a better
    (longer) warranty.

    The Leica also has a red spot... but the Panasonic has a
    tiny but helpful front finger grip.
     
    John Bean, May 19, 2006
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  3. Full review:-
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasoniclx1

    Side by side comparison:-
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&camera
    s=leica_dlux2%2Cpanasonic_dmclx1&show=all

    I am under the impression that Panasonic make the Leica digital cameras.

    My personal reservation about both is the lack of a viewfinder; to me
    bracing the camera against the forehead is essential in reducing camera
    shake.

    As a long time Leica user (III / M series) who found I was lugging too
    many lenses around, I went pocket camera in 2000 to grab the shots I was
    missing, and then went digital in 2002 - and decided I could get rid of
    my Leica equipment. (I got more for it than I have spent so far on
    digital, but I miss the 21mm Super Angulon!)

    I currently use a Panasonic FZ5 with a Leica lens, and am very satisfied
    with the results. All the time - for me - is the spin off between bulk
    and lens-fumbling, with a quick and rapid response digital.

    Mike

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    Michael J Davis, May 19, 2006
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  4. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    When I had a try with the Leica in the shop the lack of a viewfinder
    was difficult to get to grips with and I did find the image jumping
    around a bit. I tend to always use a video camera through the
    viewfinder as that seems easier aswell. I tend to find that if I use
    the display I don't concentrate on the horizon and when I play it back
    I kick myself because the horizon is at an angle.
    Not so much a problem on stills as it is easily corrected but better to
    get it right first time.

    Kevin
     
    Kevin, May 19, 2006
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