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The Leica Digilux 3 may now be seen as very old tech but, as these photos from 2007 show, despite its limitations it was a very capable camera.

So it was 'only' 7.5mp, had an ISO range between 100-1600 but really you needed to stay below 800 because of noise, but came with some really nice 'Leica' lenses many of which had mega-OIS stabilisation and though styled after a Leica M rangefinder camera was a four thirds (no not micro four thirds) format DSLR.

The photos shown here were made on the Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega-OIS, the image stabilisation helping make up for the limited available effective ISO range of the camera in many situations.

The 14-150mm lens also had a decent close up capability as can be seen from images above and below and the CAF only focusing system copes pretty well with fast moving off centre targets all things considered.

As far a 7.5mp go, it's enough resolution to render enough fine detail the bird photo below to produce, for example, an exceptionally fine print at 300dpi of 10 x 8"

If you subscribe to the more usual lesser print standard of 200dpi, then you get a maximum print size of about 15.8 x 11.9" which will almost give you an A3 (16.5 x 11.7") print of normal quality.

The camera gives beautiful colour rendition and has it's own film like 'look' probably due to its N-MOS sensor which was produced back in the days when Panasonic still made such things themselves.

Thus you have the Leica Digilux 3 with its D Vario-Elmar 14-150mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega-OIS. A blast from the past and a machine that could still hold its own to this day for general photography.

✧ Jokul Frosti ✧

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