The general consensus for years and years was that Leica simply took Panasonic cameras, changed them just a little bit and sold them for much more. With the dawn of the Leica D-LUX 5and the Panasonic LX-5, enough differences can really be seen between the two to justify the purchase. If you’re interested in specs, take a look at our comparison against the Canon S95 which is essentially it’s biggest competitor.
D-LUX 5 is More Affordable
Let’s do a price breakdown here using B&H:
Panasonic LX-5 = $499.95
Lightroom 3 = $279.99
Two year warranty = $54.99
Ordering with free shipping.
Tax = $74.02
Total = $908.00
Now with the D-LUX 5, one gets all of that.
Leica D-LUX 5 = $799.00
Estimated Tax = $71.92
UPS Ground (I’m in NYC) = $11.40
Total = $882.32
Editor’s Note: This posting was written back on October 4th, 2010. Prices could have changed but more than likely not enough to justify the difference shown here.
Don’t Want The Grip
While Panasonic has been praised by many users so far for making the grip on the camera much better to hold, others may perhaps argue that the purpose of a point-and-shoot camera is to be small. Therefore, the D-LUX 5 may be a more attractive option as the camera does not feature a grip at all but instead a flat, smooth surface. Users wanting a more pocketable camera may want to pick up the D-LUX 5 instead. It will surely be much easier to slip in and out of a coat pocket or a purse. With that said, it can also perhaps slip more easily out of your hands. In this case, it is recommended that the user keep the strap wrapped around their wrist so as to prevent theft and dropping the camera.
Better Menu Layout
As I noted when I reviewed the D-LUX 4 and V-LUX 20, I’ve always preferred Leica’s menu layout over Panasonic’s. The reason for this is because of the easier access to the options that really matter to me and the simpler interface and naming as well. For people that are typically intimidated by technology, this all sounds like something that you may be looking for. The simple black and white screen is also more attractive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5which features black, white and different shades of yellow in most cases. When the user really gets down to it, they want a more streamlined use and it will come from the Leica vs the Panasonic.
Better Resale Value
Nothing more needs to be said on that subject.
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