Monthly Archives: March 2015

Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is Now Available in Paperback Version

dluxtyp109coverfastspringAs of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is available for sale at Amazon.com in a paperback version, which contains the same information and illustrations as the electronic versions that have been on sale for the past week. To visit the book’s information page at Amazon, please click on the button below:

The book is currently for sale at its list price of $29.95. The book is listed as “Temporarily Out of Stock.” This just means that the book is a new listing, and Amazon has not ordered any copies from the print-on-demand printer yet. Once customers start ordering the book, it will be listed as available for shipping, at first within 1-3 weeks, and later within 24 hours. Usually, the actual shipping times are quicker than those listed by Amazon.

For more information about this book, please see its main information page at this site.

Guide Book for Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Camera is Now Available in Downloadable Versions

dluxtyp109coverfastspringAs of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is available for purchase through this site in a bundle of three downloadable versions: PDF, ePub (for iPad and other compatible readers), and mobi (for Kindle). The book, which is 242 pages long in its print edition, is a complete guide to the operation, features, menus, and controls of the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 camera. This bundle of three ebook files can be purchased for $9.95.

The paperback version of the D-Lux book is expected to be available for purchase through Amazon.com and other online sellers by late March, with a list price of $29.95. The Kindle version will also be sold through Amazon, and the ePub version will be sold through the Apple iBookStore, as well as the Barnes & Noble Nook store, the Kobo site, and elsewhere.

For more information, or to purchase the bundle of three electronic editions of the D-Lux book, please see the book’s main information page at this site.

Comparison of Features of Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Cameras

In January 2015 I published Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100,  a comprehensive guide book for that recent camera model. I am currently working on a similar guide for the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109), a model that is based on the LX100, but has some differences. In online discussions, I have often seen people debate whether there is much actual difference between the Leica and Panasonic versions of this camera. (There have been similar debates over the years about other pairings of Leica models with similar Panasonic versions, such as the Leica D-Lux 4 and the Panasonic LX3, the D-Lux 5 and the LX5, and others.)

As I worked closely with both cameras to write these guide books, I have developed a list of actual differences between the models, based on my experience in working with their features, menus, and controls. In the table below, I am producing that list, with a few caveats. First, I did not include minor differences, such as small variations in labeling or terminology. For example, Snapshot mode on the Leica is called Intelligent Auto mode on the Panasonic; the button for the electronic viewfinder, or live viewfinder, is labeled EVF on the Leica and LVF on the Panasonic; and the A button on the Leica is called the iA button on the Panasonic. Second, I did not engage in a comparison of image quality or internal image processing. My general impression is that there is no difference in how the images from the two cameras appear, when they are taken in the same conditions with the same settings, but I did not carry out experiments to test that impression. I am listing here only obvious, objectively verifiable differences between the two cameras. If anyone is aware of differences I have left out, or has other information that should be included here, please let me know.

FeatureLeica D-Lux (Typ 109)Panasonic Lumix LX100
Video FormatsMP4AVCHD, MP4
Included softwareAdobe LightroomSilkypix, PHOTOfunSTUDIO
Wireless Flash CapabilityNot IncludedIncluded
Menu Background Menu OptionNot IncludedIncluded
Language Options (U.S. Version)232
Image Playback on TV via Wi-FiNot IncludedIncluded
Photo Collage Feature in Image AppNot Included Included
Option to Send Images to Computer via Wi-FiNot IncludedIncluded
ISO ValuesHighest values are 12500 and 25000Highest values are 12800 and 25600
Warranty PeriodThree yearsOne year