Field Review: Leica D-LUX 5 (Day 3)

So how does the D-LUX 5 do in low light situations? I went out with a bunch of friends the other night and tested out the focusing and high ISO abilities of the camera.

Focusing in Low Light

Focusing of the D-LUX 5 in low light is slow but bearable. Granted, it will use the red light emitted from the camera to help with focusing so don’t expect a stealthy shot even with the lack of a flash.

Manually focusing isn’t very worth it because of the lack of a higher detailed screen. It can be very hard to do and I actually wish that the camera had a smooth focusing dial around the lens like the Canon S95 did. To boot, the camera also needs a higher resolution screen.

For most people, the focusing speed will not be an issue. For high end Nikon and Canon DSLR users that are spoiled (like me) and used to much faster focusing speeds with F/2.0 and greater lenses, it will take getting used to.

High ISO and Raw Versatility Results

The images on the left are straight JPEG converts and those on the right were edited using Lightroom 3. Color correction, slight vignetting, noise reduction, sharpening, and resizing were done. As you can see, the versatility of the RAW files is actually pretty darn incredible for a point-and-shoot.

Also, note just how incredibly powerful the flash is. Unedited on the left, edited on the right.

 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Are you convinced you should get it over the LX-5 or the S95? Also let us know if we were correct so far in our evaluations just linked.

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