Leica Unveils the D-Lux 7, Its ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Compact Cameras

Leica has announced the new D-Lux 7, a powerful yet compact camera the company is calling the “Swiss Army knife of Leica compact cameras.”

Inside the D-Lux 7 is a large 17-megapixel four-thirds CMOS sensor that significantly larger than what’s found in traditional compact cameras. The camera can shoot photos at 11fps with an ISO range of 100-25600 as well as 4K30p video (100 Mbit in MP4 and AVCHD-format).

On the front of the camera is a 24-75mm (35mm equiv.) f/1.7-2.8 all-purpose zoom lens that, when paired with the sensor, provides “maximum image quality in the smallest possible package,” Leica says.

In addition to the 3-inch 1.24-million-dot touchscreen LCD, photographers can also frame shots with the built-in 2.8-megapixel high-res electronic viewfinder that provides “crystal-clear viewing even in direct sunlight.”

Other features and specs of the camera include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, USB-C charging, Post-Focus, 4K Photo, an included flash unit, one-touch aspect ratio switching, manual settings, and Leica FOTOS app compatibility.

The Leica D-Lux 7 is available now for $1,195. If you’d like the same features and specs and don’t care about the Leica red dot, you can consider purchasing the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II (which the D-Lux 7 is a rebranded version of) for $998.