The Digilux Zoom came
to market in 1999 when it replaced the fixed-lens Digilux
(the first Leica digital compact camera, based on the Fuji MX-700,
available since Photokina 1998).
The Digilux Zoom is based on the Fuji MX-1700 digital camera,
but with a more stylish finish and extra Adobe Photoshop 5.5
LE software for Mac and Windows.
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Leica catalog number 18102 (PAL) or 18103 (NTSC).
The Digilux Zoom was
succeeded at Photokina 2000 by the Digilux
4.3 with 2.4 million pixel resolution (based on the Fuji
FinePix 4300 with SuperCCD, interpolation up to 4.3 million pixels).
The Digilux 4.3 was itself discontinued in 2001.
The Fuji FinePix 6800z with 3.3 million pixel resolution (SuperCCD, interpolation up to 6 million pixels) would have been its logical replacement, only there is no Leica-branded equivalent as the cooperation between Leica and Fuji has been discontinued and Leica is now cooperating with Matsushita/Panasonic. The first practical result of this cooperation was the new Digilux 1, announced at PMA in February 2002. An excellent camera, but quite large and with an unappealing design. A test report of the Digilux 1 lens can be read here.