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Leica debuts $1,549 street camera kit with quick-fire 'flower petal' lens cap

Leica D-Lux 7 Street Kit
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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 (opens in new tab). Indeed, if you're looking for a great travel camera (opens in new tab) or a camera for street photography (opens in new tab), 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.

(Image credit: Leica)

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 (opens in new tab) – 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. 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.