Leica Geosystems has been building precision surveying equipment since 1921. In 1993, building from reflectorless technology that revolutionized land surveying, Leica introduced the first handheld laser distance meter.

Even this first generation DISTO had features that went well-beyond simple "point and shoot" measurement. Take those two “on” buttons, for example. Press the upper one to measure from the front, or the lower one to measure from the back. They are the ancestors of the intelligent endpiece DISTOs use today.

For over twenty years, the DISTO team has been hard at work, incorporating advancements in technology to make DISTOs smaller, lighter, more powerful, and ever more useful. In the years since that first DISTO, new products such as Lino laser levels and the 3D DISTO have been added to a long line of precision measuring equipment.

Watch below to see how DISTO has changed over the years



  • 1993

    DISTO 1st Generation

    1st Generation

    Leica Geosystems presents the world’s first hand held laser measurer at the Batimat Expo in France and is wins the Innovation Prize

    1/8” accuracy, 100’ range

    Leica DISTO™ - Accuracy, Robustness and Reliability

  • 1994

    1st RS232 data interface

    1st external telescopic Pointfinder

  • 1998

    DISTO 2nd Generation

    2nd Generation

    Leica DISTO™ basic and memo

  • 1999

    Leica DISTO 2nd generation

    Leica DISTO™ classic3 shown with its predecessors

    1st compact laser distance meter

    Improved 330’ measuring range

  • 2001

    Leica DISTO 4th generation

    4th Generation

    Leica DISTO™ lite4 classic4 pro4

    1st alpha numeric laser distance meter

  • 2002 - 2004

    Leica DISTO 5th generation

    5th Generation

    Leica DISTO™ lite5 classic5 plus5

    1st built-in optical viewfinder

    660’ measuring range

    1st Bluetooth enabled laser distance meter

    1st built-in bubble level

  • 2005 - 2006

    Leica DISTO 6th generation

    6th Generation

    Leica DISTO™ A2, A3, A5, A6, A8

    1st pocket-sized laser distance meter (A3)

    1st multi-function endpiece with Auto-correction (A5)

    1st integrated digital Pointfinder with 3x zoom (A8)

    1st integrated 360º electronic level (A8)

    (among other things…)

  • 2007


    Get another year of warranty for free. Starting in 2007 when you can register your new laser tools within eight weeks of purchase at www.leica-geosystems.com/registration.

  • 2007 - 2009

    Leica DISTO 7th generation

    7th Generation

    Leica DISTO™ D2, DXT, D3a, D3aBT, D5, D8

    World’s most compact laser distance meter (D2)

    1st Leica DISTO™ with 1mm accuracy(D3a)

    1st Leica DISTO™ protected against spraying water, dust (IP65 Certified) AND 6.5’ drop (DXT)

    1st laser distance meter with 2.4” color graphic display (D5)

    1st laser distance with color digital Pointfinder (D5)

    (and much more…)

  • 2012

    The ISO 16331-1 Standard

    The ISO 16331-1 Standard

    The ISO Standard 16331-1 defines a new benchmark for laser measuring tool performance. Leica initiated the development of this standard in cooperation with independent external experts. Separates “the men from the boys”.

    Don’t buy a laser distance meter without this certification.

  • 2012

    Leica DISTO D810 Touch

    8th Generation 

    Leica DISTO™ D210, X310, D510, D810 touch

    1st family of ISO 16331-1 certified laser distance meters

    1st IP65 laser measuring tool with integrated digital viewer and tilt sensor (D510)

    1st touch screen LDM (D810 touch)

    1st LDM with “Measure with Picture” function (D810 touch)

    1st LDM that allows screen grabs with measurement data (D810 touch)

    Innovation award, Batimat, 20 years after winning with the Original Laser Distancemeter (D810 touch)

    Smallest LDM with Bluetooth (D110)

    And more to come...

  • 2013

    Leica DISTO™ sketch app

    Leica DISTO™ sketch app brings the office to the construction site.

  • 2014


    The Leica DISTO™ D110 is a LDM with a range of upto 60m that is accurate to 1/16 of an inch. Its small, weighing in at 3 1/4 ounces with batteries, very easy to use, and the D110 sends measurements via Bluetooth making it -- by far -- the least expensive Bluetooth LDM available.

  • 2016

    Leica DISTO D2 Bluetooth Laser Distance Measure

    Leica DISTO™ D2

    Equipped with Bluetooth and a longer measuring range of 330', this model has an intelligent endpiece that allows for more accurate diagonal measurements from hard to reach corners. 

    Additional features:
      Bluetooth® V4.0 Smart
      330' Range
      Intelligent Endpiece