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Leica’s D-Lux 7 goes all black on us

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When the D-Lux 7 was launched in November 2018, Leica broke with tradition in not offering an all-black version. The new camera came in just one flavour – a rather stunning silver-and-black finish. In contrast, the Leica’s sibling, the Panasonic LX100 II, presented at launch in the traditional all-black.

No doubt many fans of the previous D-Lux model were disappointed not to be able to get a black version. Now, however, the wait is over. Leica today announced that the D-Lux 7 is available with a “discreet black body and lens”. The rest of the package remains the same: You pays your money and you chooses your colour.

The all-black D-Lux 7 will be available in stores from today at a cost of £1,075 (same as the black and silver camera)

Choosing a colour

Colour is very much a personal taste. I love the appearance of the launch-version of the D-Lux 7 and was relieved, for once, not to have to choose a colour. Leica did me a favour by forcing me to buy the black-silver camera and I haven’t regretted it. I still think it is am extremely fetching camera in the two tones. While I do like silver and black, my natural tendency is to go for the easy option, black. Often, especially with M rangefinders, I am seduced by the attractive silver-chrome body only to lose my nerve at the last moment and switch to all-black.

The original black-and-silver D-Lux 7 remains my favourite. It looks just right and, somehow, seems to fit the Leica tradition… But talking about colour is a dangerous pastime

If you’ve been putting off buying a D-Lux 7 purely because of the lack of a black version, here’s your chance to mug up on the specification:

Press Information

LEICA D-LUX 7 Black: A New Colour for the High-Performance Compact Camera

Wetzlar, 4 June 2020. Leica Camera is delighted to present a new colour of the Leica D-Lux 7 compact camera: the Leica D-Lux 7 black. Featuring a discreet black body and lens, the classic look of this lightweight camera makes it the perfect companion for all occasions, capturing unique moments in stunning quality.

The technical specifications of the Leica D-Lux 7 black are identical to the existing silver series model, which is renowned for its versatile functions and intuitive operating system.

The powerful compact camera is equipped with the fast zoom lens Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. (equivalent to 24–75mm in 35mm format) and a large 4/3-inch sensor, delivering outstanding image quality even in low light conditions.

Features such as the 3-inch touch screen, built-in Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity and USB charging make it an extremely flexible camera that offers photographic freedom and captures every special moment.

Via the Leica FOTOS App, the D-Lux 7 can remotely transfer photos to iOS and Android devices – a fast and easy way to edit and share pictures directly to social media.

To complement the stylish look of the Leica D-Lux 7 black, users can choose from a collection of beautiful accessories such as leather cases, high-quality carrying straps and handgrips.

The Leica D-Lux 7 black will be available online and in-store from 4 June 2020 for £1,075.


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9 COMMENTS

  1. I always thought they are neat cameras, one of each for a collector is a no brainer! Do you have any idea what percent this and the V lux acoount for in Leica sales?

  2. I wish I could find a handgrip for the XV. By the way, the specs make no mention of whether it is dust/weather resistant? Otherwise that extendable zoom means trouble.

    • As you probably know, there is (or was) a handgrip for the XV but it’s probably very difficult to find. If you are really interested, you’d be better to ask a dealer here in the UK such as Red Dot.

      The XV wasn’t weather protected but I have heard of no problems with dust.

  3. It would be great if Leica were to remake the M3 in black, I have just reveived my M3 from Red Dot, and it is the odd one out, I usually go for black, still beautiful though, that viewfinder is a work of art.

    Oh and I still have a Panasonic LX5 and that is ancient but still without any dust inside, I am not sure that dust is an issue with them, as it is with the Ricoh.

  4. D-lux 4 was my entry into this line, so I tracked each new iteration until I could see the “more” the DL7 offers. I prefer the silver and black version, but to me the important feature has been to discover in-camera square framing – especially without loss of megapixels.

  5. Great camera, dreadful UI.
    Having some experience with their own UI (TL/CL and Q/M/SL) it would be nice to see a variant being transferred to the lower end models, beginning with D-Lux 8.
    One can only hope

    • Not much change if that, I am afraid, since the compacts are just Panasonic rebrands. I also prefer the Leica UIs and menus.

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