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10 May 2024

Leica DISTO™ D5-R vs Leica DISTO™ X6-R

Leica DISTO D5-R and X6-R
A Comparison

When it comes to precision measurement tools, Leica DISTO™ is the world’s leading and original laser measuring brand. With advanced features and rugged build, the new Leica DISTO™ D5-R and Leica DISTO™ X6-R, from the Swiss manufacturer Leica Geosystems, are two models designed to meet the demands of various measuring tasks. Below, we’ll compare the features of these two new devices to help you choose the one that best suits your needs.

Leica DISTO™ D5-R:

The Leica DISTO™ D5-R is built for outdoor distance measurements. Its digital Pointfinder, compatibility with the Leica DISTO™ Plan app, and robust build make it an ideal choice for professionals who need accurate measurements in challenging environments.


  • Target Always in Sight: Even when the laser dot is not visible, the target appears clearly on the display, ensuring accurate aiming over long distances and in bright environments.
  • Uncompromising Precision: Non-contact triggering of measurements with gestures ensures precise results, especially for small targets or long distances.
  • Advanced Functionality: Smart Horizontal Mode, height tracking, profile, and angle measurements make it versatile for various tasks.
  • Flexible Data Transfer: In keyboard mode you can connect to a computer and send measured values in the form of a keyboard entry to the cursor position in any application or a predefined template.
  • Digital Documentation: Combined with the Leica DISTO™ Plan app, it simplifies digital documentation with features like Smart Room and PDF import.

Leica DISTO™ X6-R:

The Leica DISTO™ X6-R is designed for rough construction site use, featuring a robust housing, IP65 protection, and scratch-resistant display glass. Its digital Pointfinder, touchscreen operation, andl arge memory capacity make it a reliable choice for demanding environments. In addition, and when used in conjunction with the DST 360-X Adapter, the Leica DISTO™ X6-R becomes a Point-to-Point (P2P) 3D measuring device. P2P Technology is the ground breaking innovation from Leica that has revolutionised distance measurement tasks. The Leica DISTO™ is the world’s first laser distance meter which uses this technology and whether it’s documenting as-built structures, calculating roof dimensions, or integrating data into BIM or CAD software, P2P Technology empowers users to measure anything from anywhere with unparalleled ease and accuracy.


  • Intuitive Touchscreen Operation: The large touchscreen enables fast and intuitive operation, with measurement functions easily accessible via gestures like swiping and zooming.
  • Digital Pointfinder: Ideal for bright sunlight or long distances, ensuring accurate measurements in challenging conditions.
  • Clear Measurement Protocols: Measurement results can be summarised in reports and downloaded via USB for easy inclusion in quotations and invoices.
  • Large Memory Capacity: The device can store multiple measurement protocols, simplifying documentation.
  • Ready for 3D Measurements: With the Leica DST 360-X adapter, it can collect 2D and 3D data for further processing in the DISTO™ Plan app or CAD software.

Comparison and Conclusion:

Both devices offer ±1.0 mm accuracy, fast start-up times, can trigger measurements with gestures, screen orientation automatically adjusts and rotates depending on how you are holding the device, Li-ion rechargeable batteries with USB-C charging, a foldable end-piece with automatic detection, Bluetooth 5.0 technology and compatibility with the DISTO™ Plan app.

The D5-R has a range of up to 200 m, a bright and clear 2.4” IPS display with scratch-proof lens, IP54 splash and dust proof rating and memory for 50 measurements.

The X6-R has a range of up to 250 m, a larger 2.8” IPS touchscreen with scratch-proof lens, DIST key on the side of the device, IP65 dust and water jet rating, a larger memory capacity, measure in picture and Point-to-Point (P2P) and Point-to-Line (P2L)  3D measuring with the DST 360-X adapter.

Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on your specific requirements and preferences and in conclusion, whether you need outdoor measurements or rugged construction site use, Leica DISTO™ has a solution to meet your needs.

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