Leica V-LUX 20

Last Updated (21 November’10):
– Review by Pocket-Lint

Leica V-LUX 20 is a 12.1-megapixel sensor digital camera features 12x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 25 – 300mm), ISO 80-1600, Integrated GPS function, 720p HD movie function, and 3.0″ TFT 460,800 dots LCD Display. The camera measures WxHxD (103 x 62 x 33 mm) and weighs 218g (with Battery).

Leica V-LUX 20
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Leica V-LUX 20 Reviews

Pocket-Lint reviews the Leica V-LUX 20 and writes;
“The Leica V-Lux 20 is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 based 12x optical zoom digital camera that provides plenty of features and shooting options within a remarkably compact body. But it’s at a greatly inflated price of over its Panasonic counterpart and a good software bundle aside, the camera can produce superb results and HD movies used well, but whether or not its worth the extra £240 to buy it over the Lumix, only you can decide.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET.asia reviews the Leica V-LUX 20 and writes;
“The good: Good image quality; accurate color reproduction; manual exposure control; quick performance; multi aspect ratio sensor; ships with Photoshop Elements 8. The bad: Expensive compared with the TZ10; no AVCHD video compression. The bottom line: The V-Lux 20 is a good compact for shutterbugs who want to try out a Leica camera. It is also one of the most affordable offerings from the acclaimed German camera maker. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Stevehuffphoto reviews the Leica V-LUX 20 and writes;
“The quality at 300mm is hit or miss though. You really need good light even though the lens has a maximum aperture of 4.9 when fully zoomed out. At 300mm, you need a high shutter speed to get a crystal clear shot. Hand movement, even with the optical image stabilization can screw up your photo pretty fast. Wide open at 300mm you can get some softness but overall it’s really really good, even at 4.9 and 300mm.”
rating: N/A

Thephoblographer reviews the Leica V-LUX 20 and writes;
“Images are pretty sharp for a camera of this type. Colors are rendered well. The only thing that I found to be problematic was the fact that I wanted a faster lens on this camera. In good light, the autofocus is snappy. In bad lighting it still isn’t terrible but can be inaccurate at times. However, these aren’t very often as the autofocus areas are large and pretty smart.”
rating: N/A

T3 reviews the Leica V-LUX 20 and writes;
“The camera produces the kind of images you’d expect from a prestige brand, like Leica – punchy colours that are bright but still look realistic, not cheap. Contrast is handles expertly and, as you’d expect from a Leica lens, the autofocus and image stabilisation do a great job – all of our test pictures were in-focus and without blur.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Leica V-LUX 20 User Reviews

The best SLR non SLR | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality of pictures is very good. The zoom is only 12X but when I zoom all the way the quality of the pictures is excellent. Another reason I wanted this camara was because of the High Resolution video.. This camara takes very nice video and one can zoom while in video mode. However if you have a PC you need Apple Quick Time to watch the movies. ” – By Helmuth Walch

Not quite a Leica. | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“amazing range with significant extra reach over the D-Lux 4.. However, color rendition and contrast are superior to Canon point-and-shoots.. It is noticeably sharper than the Canons, and does not suffer from much edge softness at very wide angles. Also, the optical zoom in this camera is very impressive for a point-and-shoot..” – By Beemer903

Own Both the Leica V-Lux 20 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7, And… | Rating: ★★★★★
“Best image quality of the currently-available mega-zoom compacts I’ve tried. Superb color rendering- Superior to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7. Good low-light performance (although can be improved with post processing). Very good resolution with videos. (Comparable to the Sony DSC-HX5V in spite of 720p specs.) Superb autofocus during videos. Rarely loses focus during zoom. Minimal “motor noise” during zoom.” – By Todd Krieger

Over Kill | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“..The pictures are good but so is my Cannon Sure Shot. I had to end up buying a $200 case for the Leica because no other case would fit. I do have to say that the 25MM to 300MM zoom is the best part of the camera.” – By Carole

Legendary Leica Quality | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is just a wonderful little camera. High quality, superb build, legendary Leica quality. Nice photos, feature rich. The GPS is so handy.” – By hdtravel

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Leica V-LUX 20 Features

Compact size, intuitive handling and a high-performance 12x zoom lens make the Leica V-Lux 20 the perfect companion to have around wherever you happen to be – for every day photgraphy, touring the city or holidaying by the beach.

The Leica V-Lux 20 is the perfect tool with which to capture those wonderful moments in life as high quality pictures. Direct, spontaneous, and intuitive. This is made possible by numerous automatic functions and a versatile 12× zoom lens with an enormous focal range from 25 to 300 mm. The optional manual setting of apertures and shutter speeds offers even the most demanding photographers complete creative control. With the latest advanced features such as HD movie and optional GPS image tagging1, the V-Lux 20 offers the greatest possible flexibility and ease of use – for still photography or movies when you are out and about, and even for archiving pictures already taken.

Enormous focal length
The Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 1:3.3 – 4.9 / 4.1 – 49.2 mm ASPH. (25-300mm) zoom of the V-Lux 20 is a lens with extraordinarily high performance. Its high-quality zoom enables the use of an enormous range of focal lengths from 25 to 300 mm for both photos and video recording. For macro photography, extremely wide-angle views, or zooming in on distant subjects – the V-Lux 20 captures amazingly sharp images across the entire wide-angle to telephoto range. When shooting with longer focal lengths or in poor light, optical image stabilisation effectively prevents blurred or shaky pictures. The V-Lux 20 features a 12.1 effective megapixel sensor. Flexible 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, whether set for 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9.

Easy, intuitive handling
Leica cameras have always been designed for the best-possible handling. The ergonomically-positioned and logically-arranged controls of the Leica V-Lux 20 ensure intuitive handling of the camera for less experienced photographers. A wide range of automated functions ensures even simpler handling. At the same time, manual setting options for aperture values and shutter speeds provide greater creative scope for more demanding or experienced users. The mode-selection dial on the camera’s top plate allows fast and simple switching between the various automatic modes and manual operation.

Movies in HD quality
The 720p HD movie function is a further addition to the versatile features of the Leica V-Lux 20. Movies are recorded in M-JPEG HD format, tagged with GPS data. HD movie recording is started with the touch of a button on the back of the camera. Once recording, the “director” can concentrate completely on the subject or scene, because the intelligent automatic systems of the V-Lux 20 integrate all the essential functions such as face recognition, automatic scene capture selection, and smart exposure for stills and movie recording.

Integrated GPS function
The compact size and enormous zoom range of the Leica V-Lux 20 make it an ideal companion when you are out and about. And its integrated GPS tagging function is another excellent reason to take it along wherever you go. This innovative feature records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time of every picture you shoot, and stores this information in the EXIF data of the image files. This provides a multitude of exciting possibilities and benefits. When traveling with the V-Lux 20, it displays all the sights in the immediate neighbourhood. In fact, it has access to a total of 500,000 such points of interest across 73 countries. And each picture can reveal exactly where it was shot on maps published in social networks, image portals, and map services like Google Maps or Google Earth.

Easy image processing
As a very special extra, the Leica V-Lux 20 is supplied complete with a copy of the powerful, easy-to-use, complete image processing solution Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. This software package enables fast and convenient media management and intuitive post-processing of photos and movies. Never before has it been so easy to make incomparable pictures for printing, online galleries, and mobile devices.

Note: It is possible that GPS tagging may not function in the People’s Republic of China and neighbouring regions. Satellite signal reception may not be possible, depending on the location. In such cases, the positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.

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