Leica V-LUX 20 Compact Digital Camera, 14.5MP, with 12x, 25-300mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Zoom Lens,

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Lens: Leica DC-Vario Elmar 1:3.3 4.9 / 1 49.2 mm ASPH (25 300mm)
The lens of the LEICA V-LUX 20 enables the user to use the enormous range of 25 to 300 mm for both still and movie photography. For macro photography, extremely wide-angle views or zooming in on distant subjects this camera captures amazingly sharp images across the entire wide-angle to telephoto range.

When shooting with longer focal lenghts (telephoto) or in poor light, optical image stabilization effectively prevents blurred and shaky pictures. The camera features a 14.5 megapixel sensor. Flexbile use of the sensor format guarantees full exploitation of the entire zoom range (35 mm equivalent: 25 300 mm) in all possible image aspect ratios, no matter whether set for 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. The maximum resolution of 12.1 megapixels is available for images shot with an aspect ratio of 4:3

Simple, Intuitive Handling
Leica cameras set the standards for the best possible handling. With the LEICA V-LUX 20, the ergonomically positioned and logically arranged control elements of the camera ensure intuitive handling of the camera even by less experienced photographers. A wide range of automated functions ensures simple, straightforward operations in any situation. At the same time, manual setting options for apertures and shutter speeds provide greater creative scope for more demanding users. The modeselection dial on the camera's top plate allows fast and simple switching between the various atuomatic modes and manual operations.

GPS Global Positioning System
The LEICA V-LUX 20 has an integrated Global Positioning System for tagging purposes. This innovative feature records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time of every picture shot and stores the information in the EXIF data of the image files.

The GPS also provides a variety of fascinating options and benefits. For instance, when travelling, the VLUX 20 displays all the sights in the immediate neighborhood. The V-LUX 20 has access to a total of 500,000 such points of interest in 73 countries. The GPS feature is also useful when archiving pictures.

The GPS does not function in China, its neighboring regions and any place where satellite signal reception is unavailable.

Movies in HD-Quality
The LEICA V-LUX 20 has the 720 p HD movie function . Movies are recorded in MJPEG HD format and tagged with GPS data. To record a HD movie, all one needs to do is touch a button at the back of the camera. Once this button is pressed, the user can concentrate on the subject of the scene as the intelligent automatic systems of the LEICA V-LUX 20 integrates all the essential functions such as face recognition, automatic scene mode selection , and smart exposure for still and movie capture. The user can also zoom across the 12 x zoom range while shooting movies.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
The LEICA V-LUX 20 comes with a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. This software package is easy to use while providing the complete image-processing solution. It provides fast and convenient media management and intuitive post-processing of photos and movies. Other features include the practical Media Manager function and the Before and After feature to compare post production results with the original image.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (4),Easy to use (4),Good in low light (4),Large clear LCD (4),Zoom range/performance (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (4),Family photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Leica Features

  • 12x Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 1:3.3 4.9 / 4.1 49.2 mm ASPH (25-300 mm) zoom lens for focal lengths from super-wide to extreme telephoto
  • 14.5 megapixel sensor
  • Compact, simple and intuitive handling with optical image stabilization
  • Optional manual settings available
  • GPS module for the registration of geographical data of the location of every shot
  • 720 p HD movie function with 12x zoom range
  • Use with SD/SDHC cards and the next generation SXDC cards

Leica Specifications

Lens
Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2 mm f/3.3 - 4.9 ASPH (corresponds to 25 - 300 mm format)
11 elements in 8 groups (3 aspherical surfaces)
Optical Zoom
12x
Digital Zoom
4X/23.4 X with extra optical zoom
Focusing Modes
Normal/Macro, Macro Zoom, Pre-focusing, (On/Off), Continuous focusing (On/Off), AF-Tracking
Metering Modes
Face detection,/AF tracking/11 field/1 field high speed/1field/Spot
Focusing Range P/A/S/M
50 cm/1' 7 11/16" (Wideangle) - 2 m/6' 6.75" (Tele)
Macro Intelligent Auto/Move
3 cm/1 3/16" (Wideangle) / 1 m/3' 3 3/8" (Tele) (5x - 8x corresponds to 2m/6' 6 3/4"-)
Scene Modes
May differ from the ranges above
Sensor
CCD with 14.5 MP (effective 12.1 MP)
Still Image Resolution
4:3 format (max. 12 MP): 4000 X 3000 pixels (12 MP) /3264 X 2448 pixels (8 MP)/2560 x 1920 pixels (5 MP)/2048 X 1536 pixels (3 MP)/640 x 480 pixels (0.3 MP)
3:2 format (max. 11.5 MP): 4176 X 2784 pixels (11.5 MP)/3392 X 2264 pixels (7.5 MP)/2656 X 1768 pixels (4.5MP)/2048 X 1360 pixels (2.5 MP)/640 X 424 pixels (0.3 MP)
16:9 format (max. 10.5 MP): 4320 X 2432 pixels (10.5 MP)/3552 X 2000 pixels (7MP)/2784 X 1568 pixels (4.5 MP)/1920 X 1080 pixels (2MP)/640x360 pixels (0.2MP)
Movies
4:3 format VGA:640 X 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG), QVGA; 320 X 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion) JPEG)
16:9 format WVGA: 848 X 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG); HD-Aufnahme: 1280 x 720 pixels 60 fps (Quick Time Motion JPEG)
Recording File Format - Still Pictures
JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard/DPOF compatible
Still pictures with sound
JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard) + Quick Time
Exposure Control / Exposure Modes
Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Speed priority (S), Manual setting (M)/Snapshot/Custom/Scene/Movie/Clipboard
Exposure Compensation
Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ±2 EV
White Balance
Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shadow/ Tungsten/ Manual Setting
Sensitivity
Auto/80/100/200/400/800/1600
Shutter Speed
60 s-1/2000 s (Starry Sky mode: 15 s/30 s/60 s)
Continuous Shooting
Slow: Frequency 2.3 fps; Fast: approx. 10/6 fps (Release/Shutter Priority)
Flash Modes
Auto, Auto with pre-flash (to reduce red eye effect), Auto with slower shutter speeds and pre-falsh, On, Off
Range (ISO AUTO and Maximum Wide Angle
Approx. 60 cm/1' 11 5/8' - 5.3m/17' 4"
Self Timer
2/10 second delay
Monitor
3.0" TFT-LCD, approx. 460.800 pixels, field of view: approx. 100% automatic brightness adjustment
GPS
Registration of geograhical data; Latitude and longitude of the taken pictures, display of country/region, State/Province/County, City/Town, Landmark, Reception frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code), Geographical coordinate system:WGS84
Microphone/Speaker
Stereo/mono
Internal Memory
Approx. 15MB
Recording Media
SD / SDHC / SDXC
Interfaces HDMI
Mini HDMI cable (type C)
AV Out/Digital Dedicated Jack (14-pin)
Digital:USB 2.0 (High Speed) Analog Video/Audio: NTSC/PAL FBAS (switchable in menu), Audio line out (Stereo)
Printer Compatibility
PictBridge
Operating Temp/humidity
0-40 C/32-10 F/10-80%
Power
BP-DC7 Li-Ion Battery Pack (3.6 V/895 mAh)
Battery Life (Approx.)
330 pictures (CIPA standard)
Dimensions W x H X D)
Approx. 103 x 62 x 33 mm/ 4 1/16" x 2 7/16" x 1 9/32"
Weight
Approx 218g/8 ounces (with Memory card and battery)
Warranty
Leica 2 year warranty

Reviews about this item

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4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great compact

So I have only had this camera a few days and was a little reluctant to pull the trigger for this $700 pocket camera because of some comments regarding Leica compacts like "only for those looking for the "red dot"... Panasonic is the same camera for less... but decided to go with this after being disappointed with 3 other compacts that I had tried. For reference my other camera system is a full frame Nikon (D700). Simply - I am blown away by the quality of the images from the Leica. 25-300mm ...

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So I have only had this camera a few days and was a little reluctant to pull the trigger for this $700 pocket camera because of some comments regarding Leica compacts like "only for those looking for the "red dot"... Panasonic is the same camera for less... but decided to go with this after being disappointed with 3 other compacts that I had tried. For reference my other camera system is a full frame Nikon (D700). Simply - I am blown away by the quality of the images from the Leica. 25-300mm effective optical zoom is beyond what I ever expected in a compact camera. Would have been nice to have a viewfinder for bright days and a flash shoe (as Leica has for other similar models) for this price. My only real beef though is why can't it shoot RAW images? Seems like that should have been a given with this camera but I can live with it. The 720p HD movie is nice as is the built in flash. This is a well built camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very noisy grainy images

This Leica named product is definitely not worth the cost. The images are noisy and worthless. Save your money.

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

Luv it!

By

from NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

1. Photos of NYC Parks. 2. P Mode on target.

 
1.0

Very noisy grainy images

By

from San Juan Islands,WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This Leica named product is definitely not worth the cost. The images are noisy and worthless. Save your money.

 
5.0

the best nonprofessional camera ever

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

easy to use, perfect for family, excellent for trip

 
5.0

Great Pocket Camera

By

from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The studio is long gone, however the love of photography remains. No, it can't compete with my toyo 45AII field camera, however, it's a great little camera to stick in the pocket of my shorts and get those shots that the AII was not there for.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent camera

By

from Los Angeles  -  Photo Enthusiast

So happy with the Leica V lux 20...I had a bit of trouble setting up the GPS However...learned it sets up easier OUTSIDE where you can pick up a signal. The shots are incredible...Compared it to my Sony's and my Panasonic...It is hands down superior and worth the extra $. Happy I bought it.

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great compact

By

from Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

So I have only had this camera a few days and was a little reluctant to pull the trigger for this $700 pocket camera because of some comments regarding Leica compacts like "only for those looking for the "red dot"... Panasonic is the same camera for less... but decided to go with this after being disappointed with 3 other compacts that I had tried. For reference my other camera system is a full frame Nikon (D700). Simply - I am blown away by the quality of the images from the Leica. 25-300mm effective optical zoom is beyond what I ever expected in a compact camera. Would have been nice to have a viewfinder for bright days and a flash shoe (as Leica has for other similar models) for this price. My only real beef though is why can't it shoot RAW images? Seems like that should have been a given with this camera but I can live with it. The 720p HD movie is nice as is the built in flash. This is a well built camera.

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Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
SHAN X  this camera has a lot of zoom. if you want to travel, and take some memory back, this one will do.
Shopper  what is the maximum time exposure?
INEKE Z  l/3, love this little camera....
Shopper  It says in the comments that this camera doesn't have a viewfinder. I've never used a camera without a viewfinder. Is it hard to get used to?
ERIC P  dear Shopper, Skip to the best v-30 20 and 30 are awesome; i have both, its the best sub-compact on the market. Its almost as if you cant take a bad pic with either. I also own the largest pixel camera 10k outfit, but my Leica v-20 and 30 cameras are what get used the most, Enjoy Dr. Eric
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