Crazy isn’t it? About to go for hajj & still thinking about camera. Actually I want to have a good compact camera. So far all point & shoot cameras that I have are disappointing. The Olympus mju1030SW is for underwater photography & very poor for everything else.
Then I got to know about Leica D-Lux 4 with a tagline ‘son of M8′. M8 is known as the best digital rangefinder….in fact, actually it is more of the most expensive rangefinder rather than the best camera….with the price of more than 20K with a 50mm lens. D-Lux 4 technology is also available in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Exactly the same spec! The differences are only cosmetic (and built quality of course) and the firmware. From my readings, the RAW D-Lux 4 is far better than LX3. Some samples given in the net are pretty impressive for the Leica. D-Lux 4 shipped with a good RAW software. At the moment D-Lux 4 RAW is not supported by Adobe RAW, therefore RAW files can’t be opened using Photoshop.
Both LX3 & D-Lux 4 are said to be good at low lite condition. The main disadvantage is their tele (max 60mm). With aperture from 2-2.8, these compacts can deliver impressive photos.
Now the price…..LX3 is about RM1700 & D-Lux 4 is RM2899!!! Almost the price of Nikon D90 body! And definitely more expensive than D80.
Should I buy?
Astargfirullah…..I have decided that I’ll postponed the intention till I got back from my hajj Don’t want to spoil my niyyat of going there. Just bring whatever I have because that is not my aim to go to Mecca.
Extra reading: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/leica-m8-revisited.shtml