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The best Leica digital cameras under $1000 are the high end compact system cameras with advanced manual control options. These cameras also have capability of HD video recording of 1080p resolution.

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Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
Leica D-Lux 6
Leica V-Lux 30
Leica D-Lux 5 Digital Camera
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
Leica D-Lux 6 Digital Camera
Leica V-Lux 30 Digital Camera
Leica D-Lux 5 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Nov 2014
Sep 2012
May 2011
Sep 2010
Camera Type
Large sensor compact
Compact System Camera
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Optical Zoom
3.1 x
3.8 x
16.0 x
2.5 x
Resolution
13.0 Megapixel
10.0 Megapixel
15.1 Megapixel
10.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
21.64 mm
9.5 mm
7.7 mm

  • With very few differences between the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) and the virtually identical
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
    that we so enthusiastically reviewed back in October 2014, the choice between these two excellent cameras essentially comes down to four things - the overall cost, the inclusion of Lightroom and a longer warranty with the Leica, the handgrip on the Panasonic, and of course that famous Leica red dot. For us, the lack of any sort of handgrip on the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) makes it harder, although certainly not impossible, to get a firm grip on the camera.


  • The D-Lux is a delight to use and it produces high quality images, but the Panasonic LX100, which has the same spec, feels safer in your hand thanks to the front grip that's missing from the Leica camera.


  • The Leica D-Lux 6 is a superb camera with many DSLR features packed into a compact body with a number of external controls, which produces excellent images. If you have a good budget to spend and aren't concerned by large amounts of optical zoom, but want a serious camera capable of great results, you can't go wrong, although the price will be off-putting to many. You can shoot at full resolution at 11 fps, battery life is excellent, there is low noise up to ISO 3200, and full manual controls with RAW shooting.

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    My time with the Leica D-Lux 6 was brief, but it was enough to help get me past my initial reservations. I should mention again that I come from a big rig. I am not a compact camera user, and while I have thought about getting a compact camera, I havenâ?? t actively pursued that route. The D-Lux 6 has shown me what a compact camera with a super-fast lens can do, and while my largest gripe is the LCD screen, I can partially forgive that given what the camera can produce.


  • Contentious pricing aside, the Leica V-LUX 30 is a very capable camera with a host of future proofing and manual control if pointing and shooting eventually numbs brain and senses. Whilst it may not be the cheapest nor sport the biggest lens, the Leica could be said to be conceivably the only travel zoom camera you may ever need - missing out only on being weatherproofed and shockproofed to truly make it a jack of all trades. In that context, the age of austerity bucking asking price begins to make just a little more sense.


  • The Leica V-Lux 30 isn't the first compact from the manufacturer to simply look like a more expensive version of an existing Panasonic and one assumes nor will it be the last. The bare facts are that it is, however, a very well made camera that performs very well and in that sense, if you're on the lookout for a travel zoom, the V-Lux 30 could well be the only travel zoom you may ever need. Bear that in mind and Ã? £550 begins to look less contentious, as does Ã?


  • The 16x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation is very useful, with a wide angle view and detail is good at both ends of the lens, producing very good images and videos. The camera is very easy to use and feels good with a solid design. Yes, the camera is much more expensive than the very similar Panasonic Lumix TZ-20, but you are getting an a camera with a superb name, it looks classy and you get the Adobe software and two-year warranty.


  • This well-made advanced shooter's camera features several unique and very efficient analog controls, but it may have trouble luring buyers away from cheaper digital SLR systems.

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    Leica fans are probably the main target audience for the D-Lux 5. Other than that, most users may not be able to discern any difference between the Leica and the Panasonic variation.


  • The Leica D-Lux 5 compact camera is undeniably expensive. But its superior images, classic design and broad range of features go a long way towards justifying its price tag.


Top 5 leica digital camera under $1000:

  1. Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
  2. Leica D-Lux 6 Digital Camera
  3. Leica V-Lux 30 Digital Camera
  4. Leica D-Lux 5 Digital Camera