Field Review (Day 1): Leica D-LUX 4

Despite the fact that it has been out for a while now, the Leica D-LUX 4 is one of the point-and-shoots that I’ve always felt deserved some attention.Like its more economical sibling the Panasonic LX-3, it is a premium point-and-shoot that is meant for enthusiasts, pros that want a nice compact camera, and people that want better images and aren’t afraid to work a little bit for them. On December 11th 2009, Leica announced a firmware update for the camera. The update in lots pictures after the jump.

Here is the Press Release citing the updates:

LEICA D-LUX 4 Firmware Update

Leica announces firmware update for D-LUX 4 camera

numerous improvements cited

December 11, 2009 – (Allendale, NJ) – Leica Camera announced today the newest firmware update for the LEICA D-LUX 4 to its customers. The free firmware update will be available for immediate download from Leica’s homepage: .

The following improvements have been implemented by firmware version 2.1:

1.         Recording function with an aspect ratio of 1:1 has been added

2.         White balance (WB) bracket function has been added

3.         The exposure compensation and the auto bracket compensation can now be set up to ±3EV

4.         Position of the guide line can now be set

5.         [LENS RESUME] has been added to the [SETUP] menu

6.         [HIGH DYNAMIC] has been added to scene mode

7.         It is now possible to record the user’s name in the image file

8.         [MENU RESUME] has been added to the [SETUP] menu

9.         It is now possible to display the highlights in playback mode

10.    Digital red-eye removal has been modified

11.    Items saved in the custom set have changed

12.    Display of [COPY] in the [PLAYBACK] menu has changed

13.    Message display has been added


Now that that’s all out of the way, here are all the features shown off. Certain features will be shown off in my field review for the next couple of days. This review will be a series and will end with a compilation page and summaries. The following images are meant mostly for users that may not know how to get to the settings or what to look for.

1:1 function

1:1 on-screen

White Balance Bracketing

Exposure compensation being able to go up to level 3

Lens Resume

Menu Resume

Display of Highlights

My name recorded in the images


Much more to come in the coming days! Stay tuned to!

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.