Leica D-Lux 7 takes classic style to the smartphone age

This week the folks at Leica revealed the Leica D-Lux 7, the latest in their Lux lineup of "Swiss Army knife of Leica compact cameras." This latest model is small, has a high-resolution image sensor, and has a number of current-generation features we usually only expect of smartphones. That includes a touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-fi, and USB-C charging.

This camera has some interesting "Post-Focus" software effects that allow the user to modify images they've captured. It's the first time this feature's been offered on the D-Lux line, allowing users to adjust focus after photo capture. We've been after a feature like that which works well for quite some time now. Many have tried, many have failed.

Users can "augment their Wi-Fi connectivity" with the Leica FOTOS app with this device. Users can also simply transfer photos with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on their own. Videos, too, are a major focus of this camera. This camera has the ability to capture 4K video in 24, 25, or 30fps. Users can also record in "4K photo capture mode."

Leica D-Lux 7 Specifications:

• 17 MP 4/3rds sensor

• 24-75 mm f/1.7-2.8 Vario-Summilux lens with OIS

• (Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 f/1.7-2.8 ASPH., 35mm camera equivalent: 24 – 75mm, aperture range: 1.7 – 16 / 2.8 – 16 (at 10.9 / 34mm))

• Integrated EVF

• 3-inch 1.24 million dot touchscreen LCD

• High speed AF and burst shooting (11 fps)

• 4K photo capture and "post focus" modes

• 4K video recording

• Compact and sturdy design with a full metal housing

• LEICA CF D Flash

• Integrated Bluetooth and W-Fi with Leica FOTOS app connectivity

• Electronic View Finder for easy viewing

• Fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens

• USB charging via power bank or PC

This camera is "High image quality even in low light," according to Leica. They suggest the D-Lux 7 is "Easy to use under any light conditions" – again, a high order indeed. The image sensor on this unit is significantly powerful with the following specs: 4/3-inch MOS sensor, total pixel number: 21,770,000, effective pixels: 17,000,000, primary color filter. Below you'll see a few more details on this camera's many specifications.

The Leica D-Lux 7 (19116) will be made available immediately through Leica online and in stores that sell Leica cameras. This unit will cost approximately $1,195 USD in its standard edition.