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Leitz Ur-Leica versus Panasonic LX5

Roughly a century of technological development separate the Ur-Leica and the Panasonic LX5. The former was finished in March 1914, while the latter was presented to the public in July 2010. The Ur-Leica was the first camera to use 24x36mm film, whereas the LX5 is build around a 10MP 1/1.7" digital imaging sensor.

Body comparison: Ur-Leica vs Panasonic LX5

An illustration of the physical dimensions and weight of the Leitz Ur-Leica and the Panasonic LX5 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Compare Leitz Ur-Leica vs Panasonic LX5
Compare Ur-Leica versus LX5 top
Compare Ur-Leica and LX5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic LX5 is notably smaller (17 percent) than the Leitz Ur-Leica. Moreover, the LX5 is substantially lighter (37 percent) than the Ur-Leica. It is worth noting that both cameras have built-in lenses.

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Ur-Leica with viewfinder attached[bitflare.de]

Evidently, the LX5 is the more powerful imaging tool, providing an image quality and picture-processing capability that Oskar Barnack, the creator of the Ur-Leica, probably could not have envisioned. However, there are two aspects where the Ur-Leica has an edge over the LX5. The first one is power supply. The Ur-Leica is a fully mechanical camera, so that there is no risk of running out of juice during a shooting session...

The second advantage of the Ur-Leica is, well, its resale value. The camera is a museum piece, resting safely at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar/Germany. Collectors would probably be willing to pay several million US dollars if it were put up for sale. In contrast, the Panasonic LX5, while surely being the better, more modern camera, just lacks the scarcity and historical importance that foster "auction madness" and drive vintage camera prices into six or seven-figure territory.

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