Leica X Vario

Leica currently produce a number of high end Digital RangeFinders, as well as one or two compact cameras that are all Leica. Such as the Leica X Vario, Leica X2 (and previously the Leica X1), but below these premium models, they are currently partnered with Panasonic, producing similar models with Leica design touches… In the past they have worked with other companies including Fujifilm, and produced a variety of cameras, including a Four-Thirds Digital SLR. Lets have a look back at the various models in the Leica Digital Camera range, starting with the current models:

2013
Leica C Compact – (Typ 112) 12 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom, EVF, Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LF1. Details, Sample Photos.
Leica X Vario – 16 megapixel compact camera with APS-C CMOS sensor, and 2.5x optical zoom lens, 28-70mm equivalent, f/3.5-6.4 aperture.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.
Leica M (Type 240) – Top of the range 24 megapixel full frame digital rangefinder with CMOS sensor, video recording(!), and live view(!), roughly £6k body only.
– Reviews: Wedding Photographer, Specifications, Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, SteveHuffPhoto.

2012
Leica S
– 37.5 megapixel Medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M-E – A “budget” or “entry level” £4000 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view).
– Reviews: AP, 50lux, RedDotForum Comparison.
Leica M MonochromBlack and white full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view), £6200.
– Reviews: AP, Jonathan Slack, Phoblographer, RedDotForum, MingThein, Sample Photos PopPhoto, ePHOTOzine.
Leica X2 – Compact by Leica with 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzinePhotographyBLOG, Specifications, Sample Photos, SteveHuffPhotos.
Leica D-Lux 6 – based on the Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10.1 megapixel, f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, MingThein, RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 4 – ultra-zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews / Sample photos: RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 40 – pocket / travel zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30
– Reviews / Sample photos: PhotographyBLOG.

2011
Leica V-Lux 3
– 24x optical zoom lens, ultra zoom bridge camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ150.
– Reviews: User ReviewSpecifications.
Leica V-Lux 30 – Pocket Zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ20.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.

2010
Leica M9-P Digital RangeFinder, update to M9, 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor.
– Reviews: PhoBlographer.
Leica V-Lux 2 – Ultra Zoom bridge camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ100.
– Reviews: CNET.
Leica V-Lux 20 – 12x optical zoom, Pocket Zoom, based on the Panasonic Lumix Tz10.
– Reviews: SteveHuffPhotos, CNET.
Leica D-Lux 5 – compact based on the Panasonic Lumix LX5.
– Reviews: SteveHuffPhoto, CNET, PhotographyBLOG, Phoblographer.

2009
Leica M9 Digital RangeFinder, 18 megapixel first full frame (CCD sensor) digital rangefinder from Leica.
– Reviews: CanonRumors, KenRockwell, ThorstenOvergaard, RichardTugwell (18 months).
Leica X1 – 12 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor compact – Compact made by Leica.
– Reviews: ThePhoblographer, Luminous-Landscape, MingThein, ePHOTOzine.

2008
Leica S2 – 37.5 megapixel medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M8.2 – 10.3 megapixel Digital RangeFinder, update to M8, 1.33x crop sensor.
– Reviews: Pebbleplace.
Leica C-Lux 3 – 10 megapixel compact based on the Panasonic Lumix FX35 / FX37.
– Reviews / Sample Photos: Flickr.
Leica D-Lux 4 – 10 megapixel serious compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LX3.
– Reviews: TrustedReviews.

2007
Leica C-Lux 2 – 7 megapixel compact based on the Panasonic Lumix FX07.
– Reviews: PopPhoto. Sample Photos: Flickr.

2006
Leica M8 – 10.3 megapixel, First Digital RangeFinder from Leica, (see the Epson RD1 – 6mp APS-C sensor – for “World’s first digital rangefinder”), 1.33x crop sensor.
– Reviews: DPReview.
Leica Digilux 3 – 7.5 megapixel, Four Thirds Digital SLR based on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 (more info on the L1 at DPReview).
– Reviews: CNET.
Leica V-Lux 1 – 10 megapixel, 18x optical zoom, ultra zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ50.
– Reviews: PhotoReview.AU.
Leica C-Lux 1 – 6 megapixel Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FX01.
– Reviews: ExpertReviews.
Leica D-Lux 3 – 10 megapixel camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LX2.
– Reviews: CNET, DavidDuchemin.

2005
Leica D-Lux 2 – 8 megapixel 16:9 aspect CCD sensor serious compact camera, based on the Panasonic Lumix LX1.
– Reviews: Shutterbug.

2003
Leica Digilux 2 – 5 megapixel, Large serious “compact camera” based on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1, with a bright f/2.0 – f/2.4 28-90mm equivalent lens.
– Reviews: Modern day look back at the Digilux 2 by JohnThawley. Thorsten Overgaard.
Leica D-Lux – 3 megapixel compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix F1. Announced.

2002
Leica Digilux 1 – 3.9mp, based on the Panasonic Lumix LC5 but heavily redesigned. First Panasonic based digital camera from Leica.
Leica R9 – SLR with Digital-Module-R – 10 megapixel digital back.

2000
Leica Digilux 4.3 – Fujifilm 2.4 megapixel, 3x optical zoom, based on the Fujifilm FinePix S4700. Last Fujifilm based digital camera from Leica.

1999
Leica Digilux Zoom – 1.5 megapixel, 3x optical zoom, based on the Fujifilm MX-1700.

1998
Leica Digilux – 1.5 megapixel, fixed lens, ISO100, 35mm equivalent f/3.2 lens, based on the Fujifilm MX-700. First Fujifilm based digital camera, first compact digital camera from Leica.

1996
Leica R8 – Could be used with the Digital Module.
Leica S1 – CCD scanning. Various different versions were available.

This Leica Digital Camera History page is currently a work in progress, as I search for more resources, information, reviews, and sample photos from all Leica Digital Cameras, and if you would like a link added, or know of any other links that should be added, simply let me know in the comments below.

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