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Posted on Oct 06, 2007

Leica Digilux 2

The electronic viewfinder of my camera is on the fritz. It sees the world in purple and with squiggly lines. It's similar to how a scrambled tv station looks. I'm assuming something was loosened during my travels with the camera, but really I have no idea. I'm interested in finding out if folks have suggestions of what it could be or have fixed similar issues and could offer an estimate. I bought the camera from B&H several years ago, so I don't have a warranty. I don't know if I should take it to a Leica dealer, or if anyone who fixes cameras can look at it.

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  • Kenner Nov 14, 2007

    My Leica Digilux 2 indicated a low battery power. I recharged the battery before trying to take any pictures, but the viewfinder was all squiggly and out of focus. I ordered a new battery pack, charged that one, but the same wavey lines and abstract focus continues. The camera was not dropped nor moved prior to this condition. What to do? I need help.

  • hellstan Dec 04, 2007

    Same problelm with me : lines and sheets of colors in the EVF and display instaed of true image.

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    Similiar problem, vertical, out of focus, imposible to focus, lines in the viewfinder and the LCD. No nothing seems to correct the problem.

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2008

    I suddenly have the same problem - vertical squiggles in both the screen and the viewfinder. None of my images are recorded properly. Anyone know how expensive this is to fix?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2008

    Exactly same problem. Cannot focus. Image wobbling, with strange horizontal lines on it. Both on LCD preview and on the stored image.

  • Anonymous Jul 31, 2008

    lovely shades of magenta, waterfall effect; lousy focus, tho. recharge, review all e-settings & manual (focus, f-stop, etc). I'll send it into Leica.

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    Steps? Exhaustive! Rep says 'trash it'!! NO! On both view options a vertical striped rendition of the scene, properly exposed, is shown and recorded.All modes, movie, raw etc. etc. Camera undamaged. No humidity or heat. Full battery power. BUT.. on shelf with battery removed, memory removed, resting for 12 to 18 months while I used my Digilux 3. Bummer! J.C., K.C. 

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    I never tried acid but I'm thinking it must look just like this.


  • pacits Jan 22, 2009

    yup, just the same.. is like someone painted a watercolor picture in mi lcd screen.. with lots of water...
    Sometimes it works, just for a few seconds and then, vertical stripes..


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Thanks for the response! I actually sent my camera in a month ago and they promised to fix it for free...although it's a 4 month turn-around time. Still, better than buying a new camera!



Defective sensor.
Leica replaces it free of charge, even out of warranty.



The same problem, no idea how to fix it.

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I have a Leica Digilux, but could not fine it anywhere on tghe dealer spots. I need a memory card for it and its difficult to get locally. The size is larger than the regular cameras.

Amazon could be a help:

It may depend on what your exact camera model is. You have only stated Leica Digilux.
There is the Leica Digilux 1, Leica Digilux 2, Leica Digilux 3, Leica Digilux 4, and the Leica Digilux 5. Most seem to take the SD HC (the SD card may work as well) card:

If your camera is a Leica Digilux 1, then the cards it can take are: Secure Digital Card and Multi Media Card

If you have an earlier camera, then it could take some other kind such as the Compact Flash Card, although I did not find such a note anywhere.

My digilux2 is completely dead and lost my certificate card. would it be possible to send it to leica? from thailand.

here is the repair website for Leica. They are worldwide and main repair is in Germany.
Not sure how they will handle warrenty.

I received a Leica Digilux 2 from a relative and i cant seem to see anything thru the viewfinder or the lcd screen. Its just black. Is the shutter not open? I can see all the numbers and settings around...

Open the back of the camera. **** the camera as if you were advancing the film. While looking in the back, push the shutter release, like you were taking a photo.
You see the mirror flip up and glimpse a flash of light as the camera cycles.
If you do not see the mirror flip up and return, the camera needs serious repair..
As for the LED Display, put some new batteries in it.

When I turn on my Leica digilux-2, the monitor shows a photo from the SD card, but does not pick up anything else. The viewfinder is black.

Odd this has been here five months w/o a response. Apparently you describe a "burned out CCD", the famous "sensor problem", which is frequently mentioned whenever the Digilux 2 is being discussed. It's too bad because I think otherwise it is a wonderful camera. Contact Leica in whatever country you live and see what the current policy is re: repair, and whether the company will stand behind their product. There appears to have been positive response. Good luck.

Best make and largest size of sd card for the leica digilux 2

The Digilux 2 will work with any SD card, but bear in mind that SD cards max out at 2GB. Larger cards are actually SDHC cards and will not work in the Digilux 2.

New to digital bought a digilux 2 can you suggest a basic camera guide for digilux 2 thanks regards alf

Hello there,
Congratulations for your new Digiluc!
To start , u can get Digiluc 2 Guide here :
Install Media picture database software (u can use iPhoto for mac)
or get Microsoft® Expression® for PC (works on mac)
after that, you can set up the camera , for indoor set the lens to f/2 (not automatic).
go shot a lot now :)

hope this help a little :)


My Leica Digilux 2, recently purchased and never used before, doesn't appear to be taking pictures. It reads all memory cards (residule photos previously taken) however when taking a snapshot, the display...

Does the menu in the camera work?
You may need to activate some Postview function in the menu. If the camera takes pictures, you should be able to view them in playback mode. There could also be a Preview mode, which requires pressing OK before storing pictures. Preview/Postview should cancel each other though...

Green LED won't turn off

Switch the camera off,
take the battery our,
put the battery back in,
switch camera on,
problem solved.

Digilux 2 problem

No solution- Humidity and moisture is death to Digital Cameras

No picture thru viewfinder or monitor

Okay, I have found the solution (along with Megant, it appears.) It is definitely a dead sensor issue. I contacted Leica via email ([email protected]) and received a response from JoAnn Scott, a Leica customer service manager ([email protected]) stating that the sensor issue is a common one and is covered under an extended warranty. I shipped my Digilux 2 to this address:
Leica Camera Inc. / Customer Service Manager
Re: Dead Sensor Repair
1 Pearl Court, Unit A / Allendale, NJ 07401 / USA

and within 2 weeks received a repair ticket from Leica, identifying the issue and indicating a zero balance for the repair. A follow up with JoAnn revealed that the turnaround time on the repair would be 4 to 6 weeks. The most expensive part of this whole deal was the 18 dollars I spent insuring the camera when I sent it back via the USPS.

Hope this helps. 

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