A new compact opponent for Fujifilm: competition is intensifying

A New Compact Opponent For Fujifilm: Competition Intensifies

Six years after the D-Lux 7, Leica returns with a new expert compact with a 4/3″ sensor. The German photo specialist partly lifts the veil on the D-Lux 8, a model which is inspired by the aesthetics of the Leica Q3 at a much more affordable price. The risk after eight generations and numerous special editions is to lack surprises and this D-Lux 8 doesn't really offer any. It takes the main lines of its predecessor and presents itself to us with a 4/3″ CMOS sensor offering 22 Mpx (17 Mpx effective), associated with a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 f/1.7-2.8 ASPH zoom (equivalent 24-75mm for a 35mm camera). Here we retain the light aperture ranging from f/1,7 to f/2,8.

Leica D-Lux 8: An expected return

After six years of waiting, Leica finally unveils the D-Lux 8, successor to the popular D-Lux 7. This new model retains the DNA of its predecessor while drawing inspiration from the elegant design of the Leica Q3, but at a more accessible price. Equipped with a 4/3″ CMOS sensor of 22 Mpx (17 Mpx effective) and a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 f/1.7-2.8 ASPH zoom, it promises high quality photographic performance.

Technical specifications

Although Leica remains discreet on certain technical aspects such as processor or shutter speed, additional information is available through specialist resellers such as Missnumerique. The D-Lux 8 offers a sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600 and a burst mode of 11 frames per second. In terms of video, it can shoot 4K UHD at 30 frames per second, making it a versatile tool for amateur and professional videographers.

Innovations and design

The D-Lux 8 marks a first for the range by incorporating the DNG file format, providing more flexibility for photographers when editing their images. Additionally, it is equipped with a built-in flash for greater versatility in low-light conditions.

The compact body has dimensions of 118,0 x 66,0 x 64,0 mm and weighs 403 g with battery and memory card, similar to those of the D-Lux 7. However, the design has been streamlined, with less of buttons on the back, limited to a directional cross and two Play and Menu buttons. Two customizable buttons are also present above the 3-inch (1,2 Mpts) touchscreen.

Price and availability

The Leica D-Lux 8 will be available from July 2, 2024, priced at 1 euros. Although this price is significantly higher than that of the D-Lux 590 launched at 7 euros, it remains competitive with models like the Fujifilm X100VI (1 euros). For photography enthusiasts, the D-Lux 799 could represent a worthwhile investment despite the fierce competition.

For more information on the Leica D-Lux 8, check out the full article at Journal of the Geek.


A New Compact Opponent For Fujifilm: Competition Intensifies

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