Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)


Brand: Leica
Model: D-Lux (Typ 109)
Megapixels: 12.80
Sensor: Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
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Sensor info

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) comes with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.85") and a surface area of 224.90 mm².
21.64 mm
Surface area
224.9 mm²
Pixel pitch
4.19 µm
Pixel area
17.56 µm²
Pixel density
5.69 MP/cm²
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Actual sensor size

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This is the actual size of the D-Lux (Typ 109) sensor: 17.3 x 13 mm
The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm². There are approx. 12,800,000 photosites (pixels) on this area. Pixel pitch, which is a measure of the distance between pixels, is 4.19 µm. Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next.

Pixel or photosite area is 17.56 µm². The larger the photosite, the more light it can capture and the more information can be recorded.

Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor. Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) has a pixel density of 5.69 MP/cm².

These numbers are important in terms of assessing the overall quality of a digital camera. Generally, the bigger (and newer) the sensor, pixel pitch and photosite area, and the smaller the pixel density, the better the camera. If you want to see how D-Lux (Typ 109) compares to other cameras, click here.


Brand: Leica
Model: D-Lux (Typ 109)
Effective megapixels: 12.80
Total megapixels: 16.80
Sensor size: Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type: CMOS
Sensor resolution: 4126 x 3102
Max. image resolution: 4112 x 3088
Crop factor: 2
Optical zoom: 3.1x
Digital zoom: Yes
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12500 (expands to 25000)
RAW support:
Manual focus:
Normal focus range: 50 cm
Macro focus range: 3 cm
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 24 - 75 mm
Aperture priority: Yes
Max aperture: f1.7 - f2.8
Max. aperture (35mm equiv.): f3.4 - f5.6
Depth of field: simulate →
Metering: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter priority: Yes
Min. shutter speed: 60 sec
Max. shutter speed: 1/16000 sec
Built-in flash:
External flash:
Viewfinder: Electronic
White balance presets: 5
Screen size: 3"
Screen resolution: 921,000 dots
Video capture:
Max. video resolution: 3840x2160 (30p/24p)
Storage types: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery: Li-ion Battery Pack
Weight: 405 g
Dimensions: 117.8 x 66.2 x 55 mm
Year: 2014

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Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) diagonal:

w = 17.30 mm
h = 13.00 mm
Diagonal =  17.30² + 13.00²   = 21.64 mm

Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

Width = 17.30 mm
Height = 13.00 mm

Surface area = 17.30 × 13.00 = 224.90 mm²

Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) pixel pitch:

Sensor width = 17.30 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4126 pixels
Pixel pitch =   17.30  × 1000  = 4.19 µm

Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) pixel area:

Pixel pitch = 4.19 µm

Pixel area = 4.19² = 17.56 µm²

Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

You could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) pixel density:

Sensor resolution width = 4126 pixels
Sensor width = 1.73 cm

Pixel density = (4126 / 1.73)² / 1000000 = 5.69 MP/cm²

Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) sensor resolution:

Sensor width = 17.30 mm
Sensor height = 13.00 mm
Effective megapixels = 12.80
r = 17.30/13.00 = 1.33
X =  12.80 × 1000000  = 3102
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3102 × 1.33 = 4126
Resolution vertical: X = 3102

Sensor resolution = 4126 x 3102

Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) crop factor:

Sensor diagonal = 21.64 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 2

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) equivalent aperture:

Crop factor = 2
Aperture = f1.7 - f2.8

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f1.7 - f2.8) × 2 = f3.4 - f5.6

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