Sunday, 19 July 2009

Leica D-LUX 4 vs Panasonic DMC-LX3 Test Side by Side

I got a chance to compare Leica D-LUX 4 and Panasonic DMC-LX3 side by side by shooting the exact same scene indoor under the exact same fluorescent light. Three film effects were tested for each camera. Only Fine JPEG pictures were produced. No RAW pictures.

I have to say, for the JPEG pictures shot under such light, there is no significant difference in image quality and colour fidelity between the two sister cameras.

The two cameras were:

Leica D-LUX 4 - Firmware v1.2, purchased from Australia in January 2009
Panasonic DMC-LX3 - Firmware v1.2, purchased from the UK in October 2008

The settings were:

Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Pattern
ISO: 80
White Balance: AWB
Exposure: 1/4 sec
Aperture: 2.0
Focal Length: 5.1mm
Flash Used: No
Ratio: 3:2
Flash Used: No

All the images below were generated by the camera directly. No any modifications. You may click to download the original images (3776×2520 pixels).

Standard Film: Leica D-LUX 4 (Left) vs Panasonic DMC-LX3 (Right)

Dynamic Film: Leica D-LUX 4 (Left) vs Panasonic DMC-LX3 (Right)

Dynamic B/W Film: Leica D-LUX 4 (Left) vs Panasonic DMC-LX3 (Right)

UPDATE: You may notice one fact after downloading all the original JPEG files of the test shots: the Leica JPEG file is always a bit smaller than the Panasonic one, at least in this test.


  1. The colours seem to be slghtly more satureated with the panasonic and the lines don't appear to be as clearly defined. All in all i'd say the leica has a more natural presentation.

  2. My 2 cents a year later. The Leica Jpgs looks a lil bit more blue. Especially on the white wall when you compare both files.

    The dn bw look a lil bit darker and less contrasted on the leica. I don't know what too think about this test, seriously, i'm thinking of getting the D-LUX 5 instead the LX5. I want to use this cam for 90% of black and white dynamic jpgs


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