Leica Digilux 2 Performance Camera Review

2003 Leica Digilux 2 declared the all new Digilux 2 camera. The five mega-pixel Digilux 2 has a unique ‘retro’ design and style with an all steel case and rubberized covering which look more like an analog movie digital camera of the Seventies. The quality 28 – 90 mm equiv. F2.0 – F2.4 Leica lens has the overall look of a detachable 35 mm lens (although it is set to you body). The manages have a responsive reaction and have been smartly designed to be used in a fully automated position or an immediate guide establishing.

Leica Digilux 2
Leica Digilux 2

The Leica Digilux 2 was created in addition to Panasonic who have their own form of you which has a black body system with a shaped hand hold, some nasty manages, provides the Panasonic name but is otherwise similar. The most awesome difference is the price, the Panasonic being some $300 less expensive.

Leica Digilux 2 Body And Design

The Digilux 2 has that exclusive ‘box like’ overall look of conventional Leica movie digital cameras of old. Looking back through the Leica collection to me at least the Digilux 2 looks most like the 1984 Leica M6. The entire case is mineral magnesium with a wrap-around mottled smooth rubberized covering. This two-tone look is another Leica visible signature, as is the red Leica brand name and the dense typeset LEICA written text directly above the lens.

Leica Digilux 2 Body And Design
Leica Digilux 2 Body And Design

Leica has drawn a fascinating visible technique with the style of the digital camera’s lens which has the overall look of a detachable 35 mm lens but is actually a set 3.2x extensive position contact. It is a wonderful piece of technological innovation with a very sleek automatically connected zoom capability band (moving inner elements) and two other semi-locked sleek operating jewelry for control guide concentrate and aperture.

In your hand

Despite its weight and a deficiency of a described side hold the Digilux 2 still seems just right in your hands, the platform tucks itself into your hand. There’s something rather special about this simple box style which still provides more than sufficient hold and customer convenience. The large centrally installed lens quickly becomes the natural place for your left-hand to hold you.

Battery / Battery charger / AC adapter

The Digilux 2 has a 1400 mAh Lithium-Ion battery power (BP-DC1-E) of a similar style to that seen in several other high end compact digital cameras. Battery is proven below beside The canon eos BP-511. The provided charger also enhances as an AC adaptor, just link the provided lead and you can power your Digilux 2 directly without an assortment. Cheers to Leica for offering both great potential standard rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery power and an AC adaptor.


The Digilux 2’s lens has to be one of its main promoting factors, it’s an attractively designed top quality 28 – 90 mm equiv. (3.2x zoom) F2.0 – F2.4 lens with an excellent feel and automatically connected zoom capability. On the gun barrel itself there are three rings; zoom capability, concentrate and aperture. The last two are closed in the ‘A’ (auto) place, to change to guide concentrate and/or aperture concern just media the secure key on the band and turn it, nothing could be easier or better thought out. Offered you is a clip-on bonnet and two lens hats (one for the lens without bonnet, one with).

Pop-up Flash

The Digilux 2 has a relatively exclusive pop-up display which can be placed in either the simple (direct) place or experiencing up for roof shifted (indirect) display photos. In the immediate place at ISO 100 the display has a specified range of 0.5 – 4.8 m (1.6 – 15.7 ft) at extensive position and 0.5 – 4.0 m (1.6 – 13.1 ft) at telephoto. Most importantly because of the peak of the Digilux 2’s display it is less vulnerable to resulting in red-eye (which is more intense for display models near to the lens).

Leica Digilux 2 Images Quality

Image parameters

The Digilux 2 provides some management over the three conventional image factors of Comparison, Sharpness and Vividness. These factors can be modified from the ‘Picture Adjust’ option on the history selection. Generally I was frustrated to find just one level of modification (Low, Standard, High) for each of these factors, producers really need to provide customers with a greater variety of modification than this, it starts to look a bit like a symbol action.


Adjusting the overall tone changes the shape of the ‘S curve’ used to map the directly line image information taken by the indicator into the correct gamma. A lower contrast establishing preserves more of the very first data’s powerful variety but results in a slimmer looking image. A higher contrast establishing extends the black and white (dark to light) of picture and could lead to cutting of both darkness details and features.


The Digilux 2 allows you to management the inner improving of picture by a level of one plus and less it’s “normal” sharpness. As you can see the Low establishing eliminates almost all improving relics but has no effect on details too significantly.

ISO Level of sensitivity / Disturbance levels

ISO equivalence on a digicam is the capability to increase the sensitivity of the indicator to allow quicker shutter rates of speed and/or better efficiency in low mild. The way this works in a digicam is by “turning up the volume” (gain) on the CCD’s indication amps. Nothing is without its price however and doing so also typically improves noticeable noise (random speckles noticeable all over the image).

Leica Digilux 2 images
Leica Digilux 2 images

White Balance

In daylight the Digilux 2’s automated white-colored stability conducted perfectly, however synthetic mild was another matter completely. As you can see from the examples below in Incandescent mild automated white-colored stability provided pictures with a powerful lemon shade throw (it’s almost as though it did not even try to get close to the low Kelvin WB level) and while electronic camera’s predetermined got us nearer it was only with Guide white-colored stability that we obtained a regular looking image. Examining automated white-colored stability in in neon mild was very hit and skip, 90% of that period period we got the green shade throw image proven below, 10% of that period period electronic camera identified the neon mild and healthy properly. Observe that the Digilux 2 does not have a neon predetermined (which is quite odd). Overall a frustrating efficiency from a modern digicam.

Flash Performance

The Digilux 2 differs from the others in being the only digicam to have a built-in dual place display device, when started out the display non-payments to a immediate (straight ahead) place, click it half way down and it tilts up-wards at roughly 45 levels to generate an oblique jump display. The electronic camera identifies the second place and gives the display much more power to generate a smoother better all-round lighting of the field. As you can see from the examples below the results are breathtaking, in both display ways shade and visibility are pretty much perfect however the oblique (bounced) display has a much smoother more organic look you only normally affiliate with an exterior display device. Cheers Leica.

Vignetting / Lens Shading

At highest possible aperture and extensive position the Digilux 2’s lens did display enough lens covering to be noticeable in every day photos, avoiding the lens down does enhance factors to a stage where it’s unlikely to be noticeable (but still great at 11%). At telephoto factors enhance significantly with almost no lens covering.

Leica Digilux 2 images quality
Leica Digilux 2 images quality

Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)

At complete extensive position and highest possible aperture the Digilux 2 did display some violet fringing on our analyze graph (although because of its restricted macro capability the graph was not completely in focus). That said it’s little and unlikely to be noticeable in every day photos. Despite looking through a few number of photos taken in warm climate we were incapable to discover any specified illustrations of noticeable violet fringing. Overall a excellent efficiency here.

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Leica Digilux 2 Specifications

Price US: $1799
UK: £1299
Body Material Magnesium alloy
Sensor • 5.24 megapixel (total) CCD
• 5.0 million effective pixels
• 2/3″ Type (click here)
• RGB Color Filter Array
Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
• 1920 x 1080 (HDTV)
Movie clips • 320 x 240
• With audio
• Limited only by storage
• 30 or 10 fps
Image formats • Still images: RAW (plus a JPEG), JPEG (Super Fine, Fine, Standard)
• Movies: Motion JPEG
Lens • Leica DC Vario-Summicron
• 3.2x zoom
• 28 – 90 mm equiv.
• F2.0 – F2.4
• 13 elements in 10 groups
Digital zoom • Yes, 2x or 3x
Focus distance • AF: 60 cm – Infinity
• AF Macro: 30 cm – Infinity
AF Assist lamp No
Exposure modes • Program with Program Shift
• Aperture Priority (turn aperture ring to value other than A)
• Shutter Priority (turn shutter speed dial to value other than A)
• Manual (both aperture ring and shutter speed dial to value other than A)
Metering • Multi-field
• Center-weighted
• Spot
Sensitivity • ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Shutter speed • P / A: 8 – 1/4000 sec
• M / S: 8 – 1/2000 sec
Shutter priority 8, 4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Aperture priority • Wide: F2.0, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9.0, F10, F11
� Tele: F2.4, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9.0, F10, F11
Manual exposure • Any combination of shutter speed and aperture above
• No Bulb mode
AE Lock No (only shutter half-press)
Exposure compen. -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing • 3 or 5 frames
• +/- 0.3, 0.7, 1.0 EV
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight *
• Cloudy *
• Incandescent *
• Flash *
• Black & White
• Manual preset *
* Fine tuning possible +/- 1500 K
Color space sRGB
Image parameters • Contrast: Low, Standard, High
• Sharpness: Low, Standard, High
• Saturation: Low, Standard, High
Continuous • High speed: 2.7 fps
• Low speed: 1.0 fps
Flash • Built-in, pop-up (manual)
• Two position: straight forward or ceiling bounce
• Range: wide 4.5 m (16 ft), tele 4.0 m (13 ft)
• Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash modes • Auto
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• On
• On with red-eye reduction
• Slow-sync *
• Slow-sync with red-eye reduction *
• Off
* Front or rear flash sync
External flash Hot-shoe (SCA 3502 standard)
Tripod mount Yes, metal
Self-timer 2 or 10 sec delay
Remote control Yes, optional wired
Remote capture PC control via USB
Video out Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage • Secure Digital card
• 64 MB SD card included
Viewfinder • Electronic Viewfinder
• 235,000 pixels
• Dioptre adjustment
LCD • 2.5″ Trans-reflective TFT LCD
• 211,000 pixels
Histogram display • Live view
• Record review
• Playback
Direct print PictBridge compatible printers
Other features • Audio memo
• Histogram
• Playback zoom 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
• A/V out
• Cable remote release
Power • Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V, 1400 mAh)
• Charger / AC adapter included
Weight (no batt) 630 g (1.4 lb)
Weight (inc. batt) 702 g (1.5 lb)
Dimensions 135 x 82 x 103 mm (5.3 x 3.2 x 4.1 in)