Digilux 1

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Code number - 18210

Type - Small digital, point-and-shoot, range-finder camera.

Production era - 1998-2002

Fixed lens - LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 7>21 mm f/2>2.5 ASPH. (corresponds to 33>100 mm in 35 mm format). Focal length adjustment using convenient zoom lever located below shutter release.

Image Sensor - 1/1.76“ CCD sensor with 4 million pixels, 3.9 million effective.

Resolution - Variable: 2240 x 1680, 1600 x 1120, 1120 x 840, 640 x 480 pixel, 320 x 240 for video recordings.

Zoom - Digital zoom max. 2x, in conjunction with lens gives a total of 6x zoom range. No optical zoom.

Focusing - AF; no manual focus. Combined system comprising infrared AF for the basic setting and passive contrast comparison AF for fine adjustment. Automatic focus bracketing mode Variable: 3 or 5 pictures, each graduated within the appropriate depth of field range.

Focal length - Automatic distance setting from 30 cm to infinity. Manual distance setting from 6 cm to infinity. In the macro range (AF) Close range limit in wide-angle position 6cm, telephoto position 20cm.

Focus range - In macro range in wideangle position 6cm and telephoto position 20 cm (60 x 80 mm, (reproduction ratio 1:11).

Storage types - MultiMedia or SecureDigital card.

Sensitivity setting - Automatically to ISO 100/21° for AUTO and video recordings, in other exposure modes variable: ISO 100/21°, ISO 200/24° or ISO 400/27°.

Aperture priority - A.

Aperture - Wide F 2.8 > 4.9*, Tele F 4.9 > 11.5*.\par

Shutter priority - T.

Shutter speed range - Mechanical central shutter and additional electronic shutter function. In AUTO and P (with automatic ISO setting): 1/8 to 1/1000s, in P (with manual ISO setting) and A: 1 to 1/1000s (with normal flash mode from 1/30s), in T and M: 8 to 1/1000s, for video recordings 1/30 to 1/1000s.

Continuous shot - Maximum 3.8 f/s, maximum 8 pictures (with high data compression) or 4 pictures (with low data compression).

Flash - Built-in; ISO flash shoe with central contact for connecting external, more powerful flash units, e. g. LEICA SF20.

Modes Automatic flash activation (AUTO, no display in monitor), Automatic flash and preflash activation (3), manual flash activation (1), manual flash and pre-flash activation (4), manual (flash and pre-flash activation with longer exposures (5/6)*, manual flash deactivation (2). * Depending on the setting either with synchronisation to the beginning or end of the exposure. Flash exposure compensation ±2 EV in 1/4 EV steps. Operating range of built-in flash unit (at ISO 100/21°) 0.3-4.5 m at 7 mm or 0.3-3.5 m at 21 mm, guide number 10. Flash recovery time of built-in flash unit approx. 6 s with new battery. Flash range of external flash unit LEICA SF20 (at ISO 100/21°) Up to approx. 10 m at 7 mm or up to approx. 8 m at 21 mm. Guide number 20.

Metering - Fully automatic AUTO, programmed automatic P, aperture priority A, speed priority T and manual setting M. Fully automatic for video recordings K. Exposure metering Multi-field, center weighted, spot. Metering memory-lock Pressing the shutter release to the pressure point stores the metered distance and exposure values.

Bracketing - Auto Exposure Bracketing*. \par

Exposure compensation - -2EV - +2EV with 1/4 EV steps.

Exposure control - Auto, Variable: 3 or 5 pictures with 0.25, 0.75 or 1 EV graduations.

White balance - Variable: Automatic, presets for daylight, cloud, halogen lighting, fluorescent lights, electronic flash, and manual setting.

Data recording - Still pictures: To JPEG, TIFF (RGB) and DPOF standards. Variable: high, low, none (TIFF standard) data compression.

Video recording - To QuickTime Motion JPEG standard.

Audio recording - Still pictures with sound recording: To JPEG standard and 640 x 480 pixel to QuickTime Motion JPEG standard.

Optical viewfinder - With cross hairs for autofocus metering field, markings for close-range pictures. Viewfinder magnification 0.3x at 7 mm or 0.86x at 21 mm, adjustable from -2.8 to 0.8 diopters.

LCD monitor - 2.5” color TFT LCD with 200.000 pixels.

Self-timer - Delay optionally 2 or 10 s (not for video recordings, for AUTO only 2 s), indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding symbol in data field and monitor.

Activation - With main switch on back of camera. Lens moves to ready or idle position. Optional automatic switch off of camera electronics after approx. 3/5/10 minutes (standby mode). Reactivation by tapping shutter release or turning camera off and back on.

Ports - 5-pin mini USB socket 1.1 for fast data transmission to computer, EIAC type 3 socket DC IN for mains power supply, A/V output with 2.5 mm mini jack for picture transmission to television.

File format - Jpeg; EPSON Print Image System (PIM), Digital Print Order Format (DPOF).

Power supply - Li-Ion rechargeable battery. Operating power DC 9.5, V 1 Amp.

Weight - approx. 385 g / 460 g (without / with battery).

Dimensions (W x H x D) - 127 x 83.3 x 67.4 mm.

Body - Solid ultra-light magnesium outer housing. Side attachment for carrying strap or wrist strap. Tripod thread A1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4").

In the box - A. 64 MB SD memory card B. Battery C. Mains/charging unit with mains cord D. USB connecting cord E. A/V cord F. Carrying strap G. Wrist strap H. Lens cap inc. fastening cord I. LCD monitor hood J. 2 CD ROMs.

Accesories - From the "Detailed Guide" provided by Leica: "Your photographic specialist will have lens attachments, which – with the aid of an adapter – can be used on the LEICA DIGILUX 1. This additional equipment allows you to extend or reduce the lens focal length for an even smaller or even larger trimmed area. Leica also offers a special adapter for use with TELEVID spotting scopes (Code No. 42 302), which provides a simple method for taking photographs of the up to 60x enlarged image from the spotting scope. Standard E49 filters can also be used with a special adapter (Code No. 18 609).

Leica offers a corresponding UVA filter (Code No. 13 238) and a universal polarizing filter that folds out for viewing and setting (Code No. 13 356). Notes: Lens attachments can also be used for video recordings. If the camera is set up for the use of lens attachments, the built-in flash unit is deactivated. External distance measurement is also turned off. The focussing process is therefore slower and the shutter release delay is longer. Please refer to the relevant manuals for more details on lens attachments."

Launched - February 24, 2002


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Leica Digilux 1 was released in 2002, roughly the same time as the Canon G2 and the Nikon 2000. It is the second of Leica's digital offerings. Where the original Digilux was developed in partnership with Fuji Camera, the Digilux 1 was developed in partnership with Panasonic with whom Leica continues to partner in sharing technologies -- Leica shares their ability to design superb lenses, and Panasonic designs the camera electronics. According to Leica, this allows both companies to design cameras that creates a harmonious matching of lens to sensor to produce color and contrast to Leica standards.

Billed as the digital reportage camera, the Leica Digilux 1 shares almost everything with its Panasonic brother, the DCM-LC5. At the time, the Digilux 1 boasted the lowest shutter lag in comparison to other cameras in its class, in combination with its fast lens, made the camera suitable for photo reportage / photojournalistic applications. As for differences, the Digilux 1 is housed in a retro box that harkens back to the designs of Leica rangefinders, the LC5 is housed in a more modern casing, but retains identical controls. In appearance and in size, it is very similar to the Leica CM Zoom. Another unverified difference is believed to be based in image processing -- some believe that the Digilux 1 performs less post processing, resulting in colors and contrast that are more in line with the color and contrast expected from a Leica camera. The Panasonic DCM-LC5 performs post processing that increases contrast and saturation to create photos that are acceptable to the consumer market.


Digilux 1 Serial Numbers

Serial numbers compiled from Puts Pocket Pod
SN Start SN End Product Year Total
2457801 2463800 Digilux 1998 6,000
2787001 2817000 Digilux1 2002 30,000