Leica presents a renewed compact camera: the Leica D-Lux 8

Each release from Leica, the esteemed German camera maker, marks a significant step in the lineage of photography. Across its extensive range, Leica produces a camera that excels in every category; The M11 is considered the ultimate rangefinder; The SL3 is an exemplary full-frame mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses; and the Q3 is a highly regarded full-frame prime lens compact. Now, the Leica D-Lux 8 represents the continuation of Leica’s commitment to the premium digital compact sector.

First introduced in 2003, in a time before smartphone cameras effectively eradicated the digital compact camera, the Leica D-Lux represented a premium solution to a problem. Positioned as the camera you can take anywhere, keep in a pocket or bag, and take photos on the go, the D-Lux quickly gained a cult following. Now, eight generations later and six years after the launch of the D-Lux 7, Leica has just presented the new D-Lux 8, scheduled for release on July 2.

Leica D-Lux 8
The top of the Leica D-Lux 8 features a shutter speed dial, a control dial and the shutter button itself / ©Leica

The purpose of the D-Lux 8 is to concentrate the essence of Leica in an accessible and compact form to take anywhere. Visually, this new model draws inspiration from Leica’s history, in particular the immensely popular Q3, which is essentially its older brother.

In this new model, the controls have been simplified and repositioned to improve ergonomics. The top of the camera features a shutter speed dial, a control dial, and the shutter button. While the back remains equally toned down with a screen, playback and menu button, plus a control panel and electronic viewfinder. The user interface has also been updated, following the Q3’s lead and is now easier to use.

The new Leica D-Lux 8 now uses a 4/3” CMOS sensor capable of producing 21 MP with a fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 f/1.7-2.8 ASPH lens. Highly appreciated for the quality of its glass, it is in part this lens that will position this compact camera above the rest.

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Leica D-Lux 8
The back is just as simple: it includes the electronic viewfinder, several buttons and a control panel / ©Leica

Like all other Leicas released in recent years, the D-Lux 8 will work seamlessly with the Leica FOTOS app, allowing users to quickly download images directly from the camera to their phone for uploading to social media.

The Leica D-Lux 8 will be launched with a range of new accessories, from grips to carrying straps and leather protectors; These accessories will allow owners to put their own touch on the device and give it a unique look.

So who is the Leica D-Lux 8 for? While compact cameras used to be essential for everyone who wanted to capture moments of their daily lives, the smartphone has taken on that role for most people. The D-Lux 8 is designed for those looking for much better performance than a smartphone camera, while maintaining its compact form. It is designed for users who appreciate Leica quality in both build and design and want a device they can take anywhere. For that group, the D-Lux 8 seems to be a particularly interesting option.

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The Leica D-Lux 8 will be available from July 2North Dakota and with a price of $1595

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