Le Leica D-Lux 8 tout nouveau arrive à la fête des appareils photo compacts et à la mode.

Leica Launches New D-Lux 8 Compact Camera

Leica has recently introduced the D-Lux 8, a compact digital camera with a price tag of $1,595, following the discontinued D-Lux 7 which was released back in 2018 for $1,195. Despite the price increase, there are several similarities between the two models, such as the non-detachable Leica 24-75mm zoom lens, a 21-megapixel four-thirds CMOS sensor, and a similar design. However, the D-Lux 8 comes with new software updates and changes in controls.

Leica’s "Budget-Friendly" Point-and-Shoot Option

While many of Leica’s flagship products come with premium prices, such as the SL3 for $7,000, the D-Lux 8 continues the company’s line of more "budget-friendly" point-and-shoot cameras. This new model arrives at a time when there is a growing popularity for classy, easy-to-use cameras with film-style image quality, like the Fujifilm X100VI and Ricoh GR III.

Competition in the Camera Market

The new Panasonic Lumix S9 is competing directly with Fujifilm’s X100VI, and now the D-Lux 8 is entering the fray with a similar price point. With its fixed prime lens and desirable film simulations, the X100V has gained significant attention among novice and hobbyist camera users who are drawn to its vintage aesthetic.

Design and Features of the D-Lux 8

At first glance, the D-Lux 8 resembles its predecessor, the 7, but with an all-black finish reminiscent of Leica’s pricey full-frame Q line. Leica is offering new accessories in various colors for the D-Lux 8, including hand grips, carrying straps, wrist straps, and leather protectors. The camera comes with a flash attachment and features a three-inch screen, a Panasonic-sourced image sensor, and likely supports 4K / 30p video recording.

Software and Interface Updates

Leica has updated the software interface of the D-Lux 8 to align more closely with the higher-end Q line. The camera now supports the DNG format for RAW files, a first for the D-Lux series. However, these software changes come with a reduction in buttons, some of which are now unlabeled, and a simpler dial compared to the D-Lux 7. The mechanical on/off switch has also been removed.

Embracing Budget-Friendly Camera Trends

Camera companies are recognizing the value of creating more affordable and user-friendly cameras, and the D-Lux 8 represents Leica’s foray into this budget-friendly trend (albeit with a price tag of over $1,000). The camera will be available at Leica stores, on Leica’s website, and through authorized dealers starting on July 2nd, with the option to register for availability notifications.


  • Leica Camera Website

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