Leica has announced a new fancy version of the popular Leica D-Lux pocket camera.
“In collaboration with G-Star, the Dutch denim label, Leica is proud to present a limited special edition of the Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera. Inspired by the successful G-Star RAW collection, the new Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ features an unusual colour concept, is finished in the typical RAW design, and features the inscription ‘LEICA BY G-STAR RAW … JUST THE PRODUCT.'”
You can check all the details on the Leica site.
Designwise it certainly is a nice little cam. No doubt G-Star was able to spice it all up and create a new look for the D-Lux. But remember, technically this still is the same Leica D-Lux 6 that you can get off the rack for about €699/$799. The new special edition version will cost you a stunning €990/$1.300.
If you like to go cheaper and still want to have about the same camera you might as well opt for the Panasonic version. The Panasonic DMC-LX7 is priced at roughly €400/$450. Some instant savings offered right now might make it even more affordable online or at some local dealers.
So in my humble opinion it`s about looks and showing off brand names. All of the above mentioned pocket cameras can take the same pictures. Some people probably never will with special Leica editions though. Some pieces will no doubt disappear behind glass just to be adored by the loving eyes of a collector. To each his own…