Leica has unveiled a new version of its most affordable camera: the Leica D-Lux 7 Street Kit, which comes in a sleek black colorway, with a host of accessories including a COOPH wrist strap, hand grip, spare battery and nifty automatic lens cap with 'flower petal' design.
New streetwise paint job and , of course, it's the same as the Leica D-Lux 7 – which is no bad thing, as we rate it as one of the best Leica cameras. Indeed, if you're looking for a great travel camera or a camera for street photography, the D-Lux 7 is a worthy option.
And of course, if you've always wanted a Leica but could never stomach the premium price tag, this is a great way to add a camera with the big red dot to your kit bag.
A premium compact camera with a fixed lens, the D-Lux 7 features a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 ASPH – a fast optic with an equivalent 24-75mm focal range in full-frame terms, thanks to its multi-aspect Micro Four Thirds image sensor.
The D-Lux 7 has a modest 17MP resolution (although its sensor is actually 21MP, to accommodate different aspect ratios), 11fps continuous shooting speed, a sensitivity of ISO200-25000 and the ability to capture 4K video up to 30p. Its 3-inch, 1.24 million-dot rear LCD screen is fixed, but features touch control, and the electronic viewfinder is a 0.38-inch, 2,76 million-dot LCD affair.
The controls will appeal to film and Fujifilm users, with a shutter speed dial on the top plate (along with an exposure compensation dial) and the aperture controlled by a ring on the nose of the lens. Despite these classic controls, though, the camera features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is compatible with Leica's rather handy Fotos app.
The elephant in the room, of course, is that the D-Lux 7 is a rebadge of the cheaper Panasonic LX100 II – though it goes without saying that Leica's version is much more covetable, particularly with the cool automatic lens cap and the COOPH paracord strap in this bundle.
The Leica D-Lux 7 Street Kit is available to pre-order now for $1,549 / £1,200 / AU$2,190.