Leica D-Lux 8 vs D-Lux 7: does the "baby Q" merit an upgrade?

The Leica D-Lux 7 and Leica D-Lux 8 cameras, both in black, on top of a wooden surface
The Leica D-Lux 8 (left) next to the Leica D-Lux 7 (right) (Image credit: Leica)

A couple of years ago, I wasn't sure if we'd see a Leica D-Lux 8 vs D-Lux 7 showdown. However, the market for compact cameras has absolutely exploded – and Leica is one of the few manufacturers supporting this specialist segment. 

Its latest compact, the Leica D-Lux 8, has officially launched – replacing the Leica D-Lux 7 that was released back in 2018. 

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Header Cell - Column 0 Leica D-Lux 8Leica D-Lux 7
SensorFour Thirds CMOSFour Thirds MOS
Resolution21.77MP actual • 17MP effective21.77MP actual • 17MP effective
Video resolution4K 30p • FullHD 60p • HD 30p4K 30p • FullHD 60p • HD 30p
LensLeica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 AsphLeica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 Asph
35mm equiv24-75mm24-75mm
Image format JPG • RAW (DNG)JPG • RAW (RWL / Leica RAW)
Video formatMP4, H.264MP4, H.264
Electronic finderOLED, 2.36m dots, 60fps, 0.74x magnificationLCD, 2.76m dots, 0.70x magnification
LCD screen3-inch TFT touchscreen, 1.84m dots3-inch TFT touchscreen, 1.24m dots
Max burst11fps (2fps with AF)11fps (6fps with AF)
BufferRAW 14, JPG 100RAW 32, JPG 100
ISO sensitivityISO100 - 25,000ISO200 - 25,600 (exp to ISO100)
Memory cardSD type, UHS-IISD type, UHS-I
ConnectivityUSB C, Micro HDMI, Wi-Fi, BluetoothUSB micro, Micro HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions120 x 69 x 62mm118 x 66 x 64mm
Weight397g (with battery)403g (with battery)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.