Monday, April 25, 2011

Leica D-Lux 4: Dog Pictures and Sensor Size Rant

Yeah, I know. Everyone who reads this website is seeing more pictures of my damn dog. LOL! Well, I'm still taking one picture per day for a project and there will be extra shots. I use the Leica D-Lux 4 once in a while. I vary the cameras. I figure once the weather is better, I can go back out with the leica and take pictures of something other than the dog. Frankly, I'm becoming one dimensional. Yes, the project is important, but I love photographing so many other things and my obsession with the daily dog photo is becoming evident. With that said, the light has been terrible due torrential, rainy weather. Still, I used the little Leica at high ISOs indoors because I hate flash, so I know there will be noise. Some of the photos were taken outside, and I was able to use lower ISOs. 

Seriously, I'm going stir-crazy with this manic weather. Ahh, New England! If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes! Isn't that how the saying goes? At any rate, having used my Sony NEX 5 and Nikon D90, I'm well aware of the image quality differences. The little sensor in the Leica holds up to a point, but it's starting to show its age. Camera technology is now into APS-C and above sensors. If they can put a APS-C sensor in the little Sony, perhaps they can do that one day in a compact camera? The bigger Leica X-1 would be an obvious choice if it wasn't a fixed lens and still slow with the AF even after the much waited firmware update. Still, the bigger sensor is so much nicer. I'm not a pro, though I have camera tastes like one. LOL!

One thing that holds me to the little Leica D-Lux series is the compactness, though not as compact as the Canon S95, it still is compact enough. I briefly owned a Canon S95, and I loved the compactness but hated the cheap feel of the camera. One of my favorite Canon cameras was the little SD800 IS camera. It had an optical viewfinder, something you don't see anymore on these camera. What a shame. Yeah, it didn't shoot RAW, but it was a blast to shoot.

Still, I enjoy the size of the Leica camera itself. I also enjoy the square format. My Sony and Nikon don't do that. Sure I can crop, but what's the point? One thing the D-Lux has that the other cameras don't is the fun factor. The Sony is fun, but not as much fun as the Leica. That's due to its square format. Still the Sony can shoot Panorama and lovely video. 

When all is said and done, this little Leica is a blast to use though. It's the only Leica that I still currently own right now until I move, but I still think this is a fun camera compared to anything else. (Well, except the little SD800!) I love the dynamic black and white mode! This would be the camera I would take for quick trips out of the house. (Besides the obvious choice of the iPhone!)

What keeps me hanging onto this little camera is its size and the files it produces. Even at high ISO I like the files better than what was coming out of the Canon S95 and other cameras. Plus, I am getting lazier as I get older and if I am to carry a camera all day, I want it to be very small. I wish a camera manufacturer would come out with a simple compact camera with a larger sensor. Oh, while I'm wishing, add a GPS tagging and WiFi ability to it. That would be cool.

You can keep track of my Ozzy project HERE on Flickr or HERE on ZENDOG Blog. I alos have the first 365 days of this project on 365Project Website.