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The Leica D-Lux LX100 clone

Panasonic and Leica announced the extension of their partnership within the digital camera market:

Panasonic Corporation and Leica Camera AG today announced they have extended their partnership agreement and agreed to expand and strengthen their technological cooperation in the digital camera field.

The agreement includes the extension of license agreement for use of Leica's trademark on Panasonic's digital camera products as well as expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation between the two companies. Based on this agreement, Panasonic will be able to commercialize digital camera products with Leica lenses over the next five years, from October 2014 to September 2019 while Leica will be able through the expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation to utilize Panasonic's digital technology in its own product development. The agreement will allow both companies to boost product competitiveness by combining Leica's optical technology and Panasonic's digital technology. The companies had signed a cooperative agreement for digital audiovisual equipment lenses in August 2000 and agreed to cooperate in the digital camera sector in July 2001. Since then, the companies have built up a cooperative relationship in optical technology and quality control, and brought high-performance and high-quality digital cameras to the market by fusing Leica's superior optical technology with Panasonic's digital technologies such as image processing. The technological cooperation newly agreed upon in this agreement will reinforce the partnership between the two companies, enabling them to accelerate the development of excellent digital camera products with enhanced appeal to the global camera market. Yoshiyuki Miyabe, President of AVC Networks Company, an internal company of Panasonic, stated: "It is a great honor to be able to strengthen our bonds with Leica as a strategic partner. Panasonic will continue to incorporate Leica's century-worth of optical technologies and camera traditions into the DNA of Panasonic's digital cameras to further expand our business." Alfred Schopf, Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera, said: "The signing of this agreement is significant for Leica as we seek further growth in the digital imaging sector. Strengthening our cooperative relationship with Panasonic is essential to Leica's continued growth."

Source Panasonic Japan. Found via Dicahub.

Well, you didn't expect to see this one day. Leica announced 16 new cameras and lenses in one single day! That's more than Canon-Nikon-Sony announced together! Here is where you have to spend your $$$:

Preorders:
Leica M-A Black at BHphoto.
Leica M-A Silver at BHphoto.
Leica S 007 at BHphoto.
Leica S 006 at BHphoto.
Leica X 113 at BHphoto.
Leica X 113 Silver at BHphoto.
Leica D-Lux 109 at BHphoto.
Leica X-E 102 at BHphoto.
Leica V-LUX 114 at BHphoto.
Summilux 35mm Silver at BHphoto.
Summarit 35mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 35mm Silver at BHphoto.
Sumamrit 50mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 50mm Silver at BHphoto.
Summarit 75mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 75mm Silver at BHphoto.
Summarit 90mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 90mm Silver at BHphoto.
11-23mm T at BHphoto.
55-135 T at BHphoto.
 

Press:
Leica M-A Photoscala.
Summarit 35, 50, 75 and 90mm lenses Photoscala
S (Typ 007) Photoscala
Leica S-E (Typ 006) Photscala
11-23mm and 55-135mm lens for the T-system Photoscala.
Leica X (Typ 113) Photoscala.
Leica X-E (Typ 102) Photoscala.
Leica V-Lux Photoscala.
Leica D-Lux Photoscala.

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  • September 16, 2014 10:17, Tony Anastasi said:

    love how leica spins their PR for the same hardware.. so crazy good i want to buy the red dot version !

  • September 16, 2014 10:02, Tony Anastasi said:

    top doesn't even closely match here?.. strange eh?

    www.photoscala.de

  • September 16, 2014 08:48, deadlock said:

    So, D-LUX is a rebranded LX100 just like I thought :)

Leica officially announced the Leica MP 24 Megapixel camera. Full details can be read here: http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-P

You can now preorder the camera at BHphoto (Click here). But wanring...it's not cheap :)

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  • August 25, 2014 11:19, MHH said:

    This should have been linked to the comment below - Apologies. The decisive moment referred to CB and the way he used film Leicas to capture the exact image. And from experience with an M3 1 frame per second was top without the winder, you used de...

  • August 24, 2014 19:58, Luca Vascon said:

    I had an m6, it will be my last leica. Never again. Now that leica is a fashion accessory everything is more clear. Fuji made what a modern leica should be, as well as konica made those 2jewels, Hexar AF and Hexar RF. If you want to access sd o...

  • August 21, 2014 21:53, Bhima Jenkins said:

    Funny how one of Leica's taglines for this camera is: "Always there to capture the decisive moment" even though the camera only shoots at 3fps and is manual focus only.

ePostel listed a new Leica camera. Usually when you find it in their database it means the camera will be announced within one month!

via Digicameinfo.

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  • July 01, 2014 06:59, isocain said:

    Yes and No - V-Lux is a designation that Leica have been using for some time on their compact and super zoom models (so 'V'ariable zoom). So it will either be a re-badge of the panasonic FZ1000 or FZ40. Considering the Leica (type 112) is the Pana...

  • July 01, 2014 06:50, bousozoku said:

    The V related to Vario--their zoom designation for lenses?

  • June 30, 2014 08:22, Dummy00001 said:

    More likely FZ1000.

    From my limited knowledge, the LX series in Leica terms are the D-LUX. The V-LUX are the compact/bridge cameras, like FZ series.

The likely less popular of all M cameras will get a replacement soon according to LeicaRumors sources:

The new camera will be called M-S or M-E2 and will have the same 18MP CCD sensor with updated LCD screen and new battery (probably from the M 240).

For those of you that don't know it the Leica M-E is the "cheapest" M camera form Leica. Costs $5450 only (here at BHphoto). A real bargain :)

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  • June 23, 2014 18:04, Wing Yip said:

    Hey, for those looking to not over spend (if buying into anything Leica can ever not be consider overspending in any degree) on a Leica digital rangefinder camera, the M-E, or rather a new updated version, is a great option.

    Although I perso...

In an interview released at Amateur Photographer Leica didn't rule out the possibility to launch a Full Frame Leica T version sometimes in the future.

To be realistic I don't think this will happen any time soon. Leica still has to consolidate the Leica T lens range and focus on the marketing of the camera. But with more and mroe mirrorless FF cameras coming from 2015 towards Leica may be "forced" to launch a FF Leica-T version too!

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  • May 28, 2014 14:14, Douglas Gottlieb said:

    It would be interesting to see which full frame Leica would dominate: manual focus rangefinder or autofocus touch screen. But I suspect that the outcome would make me sad

  • May 27, 2014 19:18, Dmitry Anisimov said:

    at least lens design is little easier for Leica - they can simply add AF to already existing lenses

Leica announced a Silver version of their M Monochrome camera. It will ship in very limited numbers from late May already.

With the market launch of the Leica M Monochrom around two years ago, Leica set a ground-breaking milestone in the field of black-and-white digital photography. The M Monochrom is known as the ideal tool for photographers who appreciate black-and-white photography as an expressive medium. In genres from reportage photography and available-light shooting to discreet, artistically aesthetic compositions, the camera adapts flexibly to every need and delivers convincingly exceptional imaging results in every situation.

 

via Leicarumors.

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  • May 26, 2014 08:23, tecnoworld said:

    I own three samsung nx cameras (nx100,200 and 300). I'd love a rangefinder alike model from them.

  • May 26, 2014 08:21, tecnoworld said:

    And you are here to troll me, so you're obsessed by me? :)

  • May 25, 2014 09:45, Andre Stuart-John said:

    waaaaaay @tecnoworld even comes on a Leica article to troll samsung #obsessed