If you like the look of the Panasonic Lumix LX5 (and we certainly do) but feel that you’ve simply got too much cash in your bank balance, Leica have a solution.
To help reduce you of your cash burden, the company has announced a special edition of their D-Lux 5 digital compact camera: the extra pricey Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium.
It’s exactly the same as the regular Leica model (which, in turn, is more or less identical to the considerably cheaper Panasonic Lumix LX5), with the titanium version coming with the same 24-90mm equivalent zoom lens and 1/1.63” sensor with 10.1 megapixels resolution.
If you’re happy paying a hefty premium for an anodised silver-grey finish, leather case and a pretty box, then the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium special edition should be available in the UK at the end of this month for £855 from authorised Leica dealers.
Or if you decide that you could live without the silver finish and the Leica red dot, you could pick up two LX5 cameras and still have enough cash left over to buy a few bottles of decent champagne.
Leica Press Release
Versatile digital compact camera in titanium styling with luxury leather case
18 October 2011: Leica Camera AG has today announced a special edition of its successful D-Lux 5 digital camera: the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium. This elegantly-designed compact camera, with its sophisticated, anodised silver-grey finish, comes presented in a special set with a premium grey leather case with shoulder strap, and is sure to be on every discerning photographer’s list of ‘objects of desire’ this Christmas.
Equipped with the same high-performance technical specifications as the standard Leica D-Lux 5 model, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium includes a fast 5.1 – 19.2mm f/2 – 3.3 ASPH. zoom lens with a focal length range from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), suitable for a wide variety of situations including wide-angle landscape and macro photography.
The camera’s 1/1.63” CCD image sensor, with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels, is unusually large for a compact model, and is perfectly attuned to the Leica lens together with the electronics and software, producing images with outstandingly natural colour rendition, superb sharpness and high contrast. The exceptionally fast maximum aperture makes it an ideal camera for ‘available light’ photography.
With clearly laid-out menus and straightforward operation of its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the versatile Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium offers intuitive handling in all photographic situations, from creative image design to spontaneous reportage-style shots, as well as when using the camera’s 1,280 x 720 pixel HD movie recording feature.
The camera delivers images in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1, a particularly interesting format for creative composition. Furthermore, the 3” LCD screen, with its wide viewing angle and 460,000 pixel resolution, enables accurate framing and composition, as well as high quality, detailed image review.
The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium comes with (as a download) Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3, professional processing software that allows photographers to develop RAW image files and maintain complete control over the development process applied to their images. The high quality, complementary grey calf leather case is included in the set.