The Leica D-Lux 4 is a honey of a travel camera, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, sturdily made, equipped with a Summicron f/2 lens, 4x zoom, and image stabilization.  My wife and I just returned from a trip to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  I took a couple of film loading Leicas, plus my carry-everywhere D-Lux4.  Here’s my enthusiastic report about its travel performance:

Even in fairly dim light, as the movie below shows, it takes excellent video (in .mov format).  The knock-your-socks-off feature of this small point-and-shoot camera is its macro (close-up) capability.  It takes super sharp pictures from about one inch away.  Not even all DSLRs take photos in RAW, but the D-Lux4 does.   RAW photos give you a lot more data to deal with when you are post-processing your pictures.  I also love the contrast and color rendering of the D-Lux4.

6935423421_7da2a0fac1_bHave a look at the FlickRiver stream of my best Leica D-Lux4 shots, and you’ll see the versatility of this carry-everywhere camera.  Pack this camera on a long distance trip and you’ll be able to document just about anything that happens.  See some interesting action, or even hear a sound you want to record?  Turn the mode dial and shift the D-Lux4 into movie making mode.  You’re ducking into a dimly lit museum where flash isn’t permitted?  No problem.  The D-Lux4 has scene modes to handle such conditions.  Want to take pictures from your airplane seat?  The D-Lux4 has a special setting for that too.

The D-Lux4 has been superseded by the D-Lux5.  If you don’t want to pay Leica prices, you might try its less expensive cousin, the Panasonic DMC LX-5, which has the same Leica glass.  But if you can find a previously owned D-Lux4 in good condition, I think you won’t be disappointed.


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