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


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

  1. Julien Mulot

    Hi Alex, unfortunately the table is broken I can’t see the list. it would be interesting to have a look at it


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