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Leica’s new D-Lux 8 arrives at the modern point-and-shoot party

Leica’s new D-Lux 8 arrives at the modern point-and-shoot party

Leica has a new $1,595 compact digital camera called the D-Lux 8 — a follow-up to the discontinued D-Lux 7 that launched in 2018 for $1,195. There are a lot of similarities between the two despite the increased price: they both have a non-detachable Leica 24-75mm zoom lens, have a 21-megapixel four-quarter CMOS sensor, and have a similar design. But now, there’s new software under the hood and changes to the controls — more on that later.

Many of Leica’s flagship products come at premium prices (Exhibit A: SL3 for $7,000). But with the D-Lux 8, the company is continuing its line of “budget-friendly” point-and-shoots. The new model comes at a time of increasing popularity of stylish, easy-to-use cameras with cinematic image quality, such as the Fujifilm X100VI and Ricoh GR III.

Right now, products like the new Panasonic Lumix S9 are targeting the $1,599 Fujifilm X100VI, and the new D-Lux 8 appears to be joining the fray now that it’s becoming more expensive. With its fixed prime lens and sought-after film simulation, the X100V has become a sensation on TikTok and has received a lot of attention from novice camera users and hobbyists who may also want to take great photos with a vintage look.

At first glance, the D-Lux 8 looks exactly like the 7, but with an all-black finish and leather casing for Leica’s full-frame Q line of cameras. Leica is also selling new accessories in several colors for the D-Lux 8, including hand grips, carrying straps, wrist straps and leather guards. It comes with an attached flash in the box, like its predecessor. It also appears to have the same 3-inch display and Panasonic-sourced image sensor and will likely support the same 4K/30p video recording.

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Leica says the D-Lux 8 now has a software interface “inspired” by the more expensive Q line. In addition, there is now support for the DNG (RAW file) format – a first for the D-Lux line. But with the software change comes fewer buttons, many of which are now unlabeled, and a regular dial compared to the 7. The mechanical on/off switch is gone as well.

Camera companies see value in building cameras that are cheaper and easier to use, and the D-Lux 8 appears to be Leica’s step in this budget trend (as long as your budget is over $1,000). You can get the D-Lux 8 from Leica stores, the Leica website and authorized dealers starting July 2, and you can also Sign up to be notified Of availability.