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Today, Leica is officially launching its long-awaited D-Lux 8 compact digital camera, after teasing some basic information at the end of May. We now have the full rundown of all the details on the new compact digital camera, and it looks incredible.

Featuring the same fast, high-performing Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 ASPH lens (24-75mm equiv.) as the D-Lux 7, along with a 21 megapixel Micro 4/3 CMOS sensor, image quality should be excellent. The latest D-Lux 8 departs from the proprietary RWL RAW format used in previous D-Lux models in favor of the more standard Adobe DNG used across all other Leica cameras. And, as we've come to expect, integration with the Leica FOTOS app is now a more seamless experience, especially with the update to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 LE.

The D-Lux 8 definitely looks the part of a real Leica camera, with design elements inspired directly from the Q3. From the diamond pattern cladding to the minimalist button interface and intuitive exposure controls, Leica has done a great job updating the long-running and popular D-Lux to be consistent with the rest of its lineup. The redesigned die-cast magnesium body feels solid and super premium, yet is lightweight and compact enough to throw in a coat pocket.

With a familiar and minimalistic physical control layout, complete with assignable custom function buttons, a shutter speed dial on top, aperture ring on the lens, and thumb wheel, the D-Lux 8 offers intuitive operation, echoing the Q series. Even the UI menu system has been utilized from the Q, creating a consistent experience coming from any modern Leica camera.

The displays have gotten some major updates as well. The bright and clear EVF offers a larger view along with amazing clarity thanks to a new OLED panel. And the rear LCD touchscreen gets a big upgrade with an almost 50% increase in resolution. Rounding out the improvements, the D-Lux 8 now supports fast UHS-II SDXC cards and USB-C connectivity with in-camera charging.

All in all, this looks like a fantastic upgrade at an affordable price. If you have used any Leica digital camera in the last several years, the D-Lux 8 will feel immediately familiar and intuitive, while offering the flexibility and compact size we've come to enjoy in the many generations of D-Lux cameras.


  • Redesigned body made of magnesium die-cast with a new button layout, inspired by the Leica Q System
  • New user interface, providing easier navigation and increased customizability
  • Fast 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 (35mm equivalent) lens
  • Powerful 4/3” 21 MP CMOS Sensor with 17 MP output
  • 48% increase in rear screen resolution
  • Unique Leica design and user interface, inspired by the acclaimed Leica Q-cameras
  • Seamless connectivity with the Leica FOTOS App
  • On-camera flash included
  • The first D-Lux camera with an OLED viewfinder
  • The first D-Lux camera to output DNG files
  • The first D-Lux camera with UHS-II SD card support
  • The first D-Lux camera to offer RAW and video file transfer ability to a mobile device, using the Leica FOTOS app

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New Accessories

Naturally, Leica is also launching some new accessories to complement the D-Lux 8. The hot-shoe mounted flash is already included in the box, but you may want to add on the metal handgrip with matching leatherette, an extra BP-DC15 battery or the Auto Lens Cap.

Half cases are available in black, cognac and olive green, with corresponding smooth nylon carrying straps and wrist straps. There's also a full carry case, in black leather only. You can customize the D-Lux 8 even further with a soft release since its shutter button is now threaded just like the Q3.

The black straps are completely monochromatic, but the color options are a little more adventurous and playful. There's a petrol blue with cognac leather ends and a burgundy with olive green leather accents, each designed to match up with the cognac or olive cases.

Pricing, Availability and Ordering

The Leica D-Lux 8 starts shipping this week for a price of $1,595. As with any Leica camera launch, supply will be limited for a number of months. If you are interested in ordering the D-Lux 8, you can do so at Leica Store Miami by clicking the button below, calling 305-921-4433 or sending an email to



D-Lux 8 compared to D-Lux 7

Leica D-Lux 8Leica D-Lux 7
Sensor4/3“ CMOS sensor, 21.77 MP/17 MP (total/effective)4/3“ CMOS sensor, 21.77 MP/17 MP (total/effective)
LensLeica DC Vario-Summilux 1:1.7–2.8/10.9–34 ASPH, 35mm equivalent: 24–75mm, aperture range: 1.7–16/2.8– 16 (at 10.9/34mm)Leica DC Vario-Summilux 1:1.7–2.8/10.9–34 ASPH, 35mm equivalent: 24–75mm, aperture range: 1.7–16/2.8– 16 (at 10.9/34mm)
LCD Screen3” TFT LCD, approx. 1,843,200 dots3.0“ TFT LCD, approx. 1,240,000 dots
EVFOLED, 0.74xLCD, 0.7x
DNG FormatYesNo
UHS-II SupportYesNo
Weight (w/battery)397 grams403 grams
Q-Style InterfaceYesNo
DNG + Video Transfer via FOTOS AppYesNo
Accepts Soft ReleaseYesNo

Tech Specs

Camera TypeDigital Micro Four Thirds compact camera
Type No.3952A
Order No.19191
Buffer memory11 fps: 12 DNG, 12 DNG + JPG, 100 JPG
7 fps: 13 DNG, 13 DNG + JPG, 100 JPG
2 fps: 23 DNG, 14 DNG + JPG, 100 JPG
Storage mediumUHS-II (recommended), UHS-I, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
MaterialFull metal housing: magnesium die-cast, leatherette covering
Operating conditions0°C to +40°C
InterfacesISO accessory shoe with additional control contacts for Leica flash units, HDMI jack Type D, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
Tripod threadA 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4”) with stainless steel in the base
Dimensions130mm wide x 69mm high x 62mm deep
WeightApprox. 397 g/357 g (with/without battery)
Sensor size4/3“ CMOS sensor, 21.77 MP/17 MP (total/effective)
Sensor FilterRGB color filter, UV/IR filter
File formatsPhoto: DNG™ (raw data), DNG + JPG, JPG (DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31) Video: MP4, H.264, AAC stereo
Image resolution16:9 (DNG / L-JPG): 5152 x 2904 (15 MP)
16:9 (M-JPG): 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP)
16:9 (S-JPG): 1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP)
3:2 (DNG / L-JPG): 4928 x 3288 (16.2 MP)
3:2 (M-JPG): 3504 x 2336 (8.2 MP)
3:2 (S-JPG): 2496 x 1664 (4.2 MP)
4:3 (DNG / L-JPG): 4736 x 3552 (16.8 MP)
4:3 (M-JPG): 3360 x 2520 (8.5 MP)
4:3 (S-JPG): 2368 x 1776 (4.2 MP)
1:1 (DNG / L-JPG): 3552 x 3552 (12.6 MP)
1:1 (M-JPG): 2528 x 2528 (6.4 MP)
1:1 (S-JPG): 1776 x 1776 (3.2 MP)
File sizeDNG™: approx. 31 MB, depending on resolution and image content
JPG: depending on resolution and image content
Video: max. length: 29 min
Color depthDNG™: 12 bit, JPG: 8 bit
Video Resolution4K: 3840 x 2160
Full HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
Video frame rate/bit rate4K 30p: 29.97 fps, 4K 4:2:0 / 8 bit, h.264, L-GOP, 100 Mbps
4K 24p: 23.98 fps, 4K 4:2:0 / 8 bit, h.264, L-GOP, 100 Mbps
FHD 60p: 59.94 fps, FHD 4:2:0 / 8 Bit, h.264, L-GOP, 28 Mbps
FHD 30p: 29.97 fps, FHD 4:2:0 / 8 Bit, h.264, L-GOP, 20 Mbps
HD 30p: 29.97 fps, HD 4:2:0 / 8 Bit, h.264, L-GOP, 10 Mbps
Lens DesignationLeica DC Vario-Summilux 1:1.7–2.8/10.9–34 ASPH, 35mm equivalent: 24–75mm, aperture range: 1.7–16/2.8– 16 (at 10.9/34mm)
Lens filter threadE43
Image stabilizationVisual compensation system for photos and video recordings
Aperture rangeDepending on zoom level, F1.7 to F16 in 1⁄3 EV increments (wide angle) F1.7 to F16; (tele zoom) F2.8 to F16 in 1/3 EV increments
Viewfinder (EVF)OLED, Resolution: 2,360,000 dots, 60 fps, magnification: 0.74x, at aspect ratio: 4:3, exit pupil position: 20mm, setting range -4/+4 dpt, with eye sensor for automatic switchover between viewfinder and LCD panel, time delay 0.005 s
LCD panel3” TFT LCD, approx. 1,843,200 dots, 384 ppi, aspect ratio 3:2, touch panel
Shutter typeMechanical central shutter or optional electronic shutter
Shutter speedsMechanical shutter: 60 s to 1⁄4000 s
Electronic shutter function: 1 s to 1⁄16000 s
Shutter buttonTwo-stage (1st stage: Activation of the camera electronics including autofocus and exposure metering, 2nd stage: Taking the picture)
Self-timerDelay time: 2 s or 12 s
Drive ModeSingle, Interval Shooting, Exposure Bracketing, Continuous Shooting – 2 fps, 12 bit, AF, Continuous Shooting – 7 fps, 10 bit, Continuous Shooting – 11 fps, 10 bit
Focus range50cm to ∞, with macro setting: from 3cm (wide angle), from 30cm (tele zoom)
Focus modeAutomatic, Automatic (macro), or Manual
Autofocus systemContrast detection
Autofocus modesIntelligent AF (autonomously selects AFs and AFc), AFs, AFc
Autofocus metering methodsSpot (can be shifted), Field (can be shifted and scaled), Multi-Field, Zone (can be shifted), Eye / Face, Tracking
Autofocus metering fields49
Exposure meteringTTL (exposure metering through the lens), with working aperture
Metering principleExposure metering is done by the image sensor for all exposure metering methods
Exposure metering methodsSpot, Center-Weighted, Multi-Field
Exposure modesProgram AE mode (P) Aperture-priority mode (A): manual aperture setting Shutter-priority mode (S): manual shutter-speed setting Manual (M): manual setting for shutter speed and aperture Various fully automatic variants (Scene Mode): Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scenery, Miniature Effect, One Point Color, HDR
Exposure compensation±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing3, 5 or 7 frames, graduations between shoots up to 1 EV, in 1⁄3 EV increments additional optional exposure compensation: up to ±3 EV
ISO sensitivity rangeAuto ISO Photo: ISO 100–ISO 25,000
Manual ISO Photo: ISO 100–ISO 25,000
Auto ISO Video: ISO 100–ISO 6400
Manual ISO Video: ISO 100–ISO 6400
White balanceAutomatic (Auto), default (Daylight, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, Flash), manual metering (Gray Card), manual color temperature settings (Color Temperature, 2500 K to 10000 K)
Flash unitIncluded in the delivery: Leica CF D
Flash angleAligned with the shortest focal length of the lens of 10.9mm
Guide number10/7 (at ISO 200/100)
Flash rangeApprox. 0.6–14.1m/0.3–8.5m (at shortest/longest focal length)
Flash unit connectorVia the accessory shoe
Flash sync time1⁄4000 s, slower shutter speeds available
Flash exposure compensation±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
WLANWLAN function for connecting to the Leica FOTOS app. The Leica app is available from the Apple App Store™ or the Google Play Store™. IEEE802.11b/g/n Channel 1–11 (2412–2462 MHz), maximum output (e.i.r.p.): 5.9 dBm, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/WPA2™
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 LE: Channel 0–39 (2402–2480 MHz), maximum output (e.i.r.p.): 1.2 dBm
GPSNot available everywhere due to country-specific legislation; can be added via the Leica FOTOS app. Data is written to Exif header of the picture files.
Menu languagesEnglish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean
Rechargeable battery (Leica BP-DC15)Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, rated voltage: 7.2 V (DC), capacity: 1025 mAh (min.), manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co. Ltd., Made in China
Charging via USBWith camera switched off: 5 V/1500 mA (2.5 W or greater)
Rated values for input voltage/ power7.2 V 0.9 A (battery), 5 V 1.0 A (USB)
Scope of deliveryCamera, compact flash unit. hand strap, lens cover with string, battery, hot shoe cover, lens protection ring, quick start guide
Country of manufactureChina

Press Release

New compact camera with zoom lens featuring iconic Leica design

Wetzlar, July 2nd 2024. Leica Camera AG presents the Leica D-Lux 8, a new compact camera that aligns perfectly with the brand’s philosophy of good design. The camera offers exceptional user comfort, not only in terms of its design but also in its operation. The intuitive controls, user interface, and optimized button layout, along with its ergonomically arranged controls, ensure a user-friendly experience.

The Leica D-Lux 8 offers all the essential functions for photography and video. Its manual and fully automatic modes give photographers the freedom to choose between quick snapshots and thoughtful compositions. The high-resolution touchscreen and new 2.4-megapixel OLED viewfinder with Live View function help frame the perfect shot. The camera delivers impressive results even in challenging lighting conditions thanks to a powerful 4/3” CMOS sensor with 21 MP (17 MP effective), a fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34 f/1.7-2.8 4 ASPH. zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 24-75mm) and an attachable flash. The new Leica D-Lux 8 offers photography in both DNG and JPEG formats. The optical zoom and 4K video capability make the Leica D-Lux 8 a versatile, all-purpose camera, whilst its compact and lightweight size make it ideal for taking anywhere.

As a true all-rounder, the compact Leica D-Lux 8 seamlessly connects to the Leica FOTOS app, images can be downloaded, edited, and shared directly to a smartphone.The app also supports DNG files and video downloads as well as remote camera operation, including optical zoom. Camera firmware updates can also be managed directly within the Leica FOTOS app.

The sophisticated design of the Leica D-Lux 8 is complimented by matching accessories. These includes leather half cases in the colors black, cognac and olive. Matching carrying and wrist straps in the color combinations black, cognac/petrol and olive/burgundy, as well as an equipment bag and hip bag in black, completing the range of textile accessories. Technical accessories such as the auto lens cap and the new handgrip provide even more comfort when taking pictures and the screw-on soft release buttons in the colors black, brass and silver give the compact camera a unique touch.

About The Author

Leica Specialist

David Farkas is a self-admitted Leica junkie and an avid photographer since he was seven years old. He also owns and operates leading Leica dealer Leica Store Miami in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida with his wife Juliana. David has years of experience shooting with just about every Leica camera and lens made within the last few decades.

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