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Leica 18191 V-LUX 4 12.7MP Compact System Camera with 3.0-Inch TFT LCD - Black

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  • The newly designed high-performance 24x super-tele-zoom lens of the Leica V-LUX 4 has an enormous range of focal lengths ranging from 25 to 600 mm (35 mm equivalent).
  • A new electronic viewfinder has an impressively high resolution of 1.3 megapixels, showing 100% of the image frame and displaying exactly the same exposure setting information as the camera's monitor screen.
  • The V-LUX 4 capture full-HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second.
  • The autofocus system reacts in less than a tenth of a second and reliably captures fast-moving subjects.
  • The continuous frame rate delivers consecutive burst shooting at a rate of up to 12 frames per second at full resolution. At a reduced resolution of 2.5 megapixels, it records at a fantastic 60 frames per second.
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • DC in Jack
  • Battery Charger
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 4.3 x 3.4 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009E562VS
  • Item model number: 18191
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,869 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2012

Product Description

The Leica V-LUX 4 is so versatile that it simply takes every situation in its stride. Its fast (f/2.8) lens enables sharp pictures even in poor light and throughout the entire zoom range of 25 to 600 mm (equivalent in 35 mm format). Thanks to its new electronic veiwfinder, photographers now also always have a perfect view of their subjects, even in bright surroundings. The rotatable three-inch LCD monitor screen allows effortless composition of shots from even the most unusual angles. At the same time, it also features fast continuous-shooting capability and masters full-HD video recording at up to 60 frames pr second. All in all a camera that transforms every trip into a journey of discovery.

Customer Reviews

It is lightweight and produces quality images.
Tom J. Simms
Like a lot of digital cameras, this one does a whole bunch of things; many of which I will never dabble into.
Christopher Alexander
I love taking nature photos as my primary interest in photography.
Fred Sgrosso

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166 of 172 people found the following review helpful By M42 on January 15, 2013
This is one of the hybrids Leica sells under its own brand. They let Panasonic manufacture the lens under a license and the camera hardware. There are some small differences between the V-Lux 4 and its Panasonic sibling, the FZ200. The zoom rocker is different, the rim around the flash sensor is gone and the flash pop up dome has been flattened. All cosmetic changes. There is a raging debate as to whether the Leica version is just the FZ rebranded with the red dot logo ala the old Mercuries, which were rebranded Fords with slightly different grills. No, the Leica is more like the Toyota Camry and Lexus 300, the same car, but with noticeable upgrades.

There used to be more differences between the Leica and Panasonic cameras. At one time Leica used different coatings to add a more contrasty look. From what I've been able to tell the coatings on the two cameras are identical now. Where the differences come in are with how the two cameras process images and quality control. Leica has its own processing software, even though the processing engine is the same. The differences are subtle, but noticeable. Leica's processing affects color balance, tone and white balance. I found in my tests the Leica's were fairly consistent out of the box and produced standard looking photos whereas the Panasonics were the luck of the draw. Some of the Panny's were over saturated or had a color cast to them or the white balance or exposure was off. Not so with the Leicas. I'm told that Leica has representatives in the factory in Japan who test a high percentage of cameras that come off the assembly line. Panasonic grabs a representative model to test for every 100 K cameras produced by comparison. The differences in the tolerances between these two cameras is very apparent.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Fred Sgrosso on February 16, 2013
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Leica V-Lux 4 Review
I love the camera! I have been a loyal Canon customer and love their cameras. However, I am getting older and do not relish carrying my heavy telephoto lens with my heavy Canon 60D camera.
This little, light beauty takes wonderfully sharp images and is nimble and quick (starts in less than 1 second). I love taking nature photos as my primary interest in photography. With the 24x zoom, I can go from a wide-angle (25mm) to an effective 600mm telephoto. The camera has a 4x digital zoom which I have not even turned on. With my fixed focal length, heavy, Canon 300mm f4 “L” lens, I reach slightly more max. telephoto focal length when coupled with my 1.4x extender, and the1.6x factor for the “C” size sensor, making it an 672 mm f 5.6 system weighing 4.8 lb. The Leica lens is f.2.8 from wide-angle to tele! That makes for much more interesting photo possibilities and this camera with lens weighs 1.3 lbs.
I have learned to use a different technique when using the Leica for my nature shots. The little control (Settings) to change the shutter speed is too fussy for me and I waste valuable time trying to turn it. I use the Shutter Preferred mode and shoot my optically stabilized shots at 1/2000 sec. It is very fast and I am able to reach the high speed I need to use with a hand held 600mm shot. The Auto ISO feature works very well and in the Florida sun most of my exposures are at ISO 100 and around f3.5. I use the Vivid exposure mode and I am very happy with the results. With my Canons, the Aperture Preferred method was my favorite mode. The plethora of many large controls on the Canon 60D makes it easy to use any exposure mode. The controls of the Leica are very well situated and it fits my hand beautifully.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By C. Richardson on March 20, 2013
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I used to use SLR cameras back in the day of film . Then came the point and shoot cameras. Seemed they were taking just as good photos as my SLR. And that is when I made the switch. I've been using Olympic for decades. My last one was really getting slow on the shutter speed and I wanted a new camera for a trip I was taking to Africa this November. I had noticed the Lecia 18191 V-Lux in a catalog I received over the holidays. The price seemed great for the type of camera it was, but as an amateur photographer, I had never heard of the brand before. I did some extensive research online and read reviews. It seemed like the perfect choice for my needs. A few months passed and we booked a trip to the Sea of Cortez along the Baja Peninsula to view whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds and a mirage of marine animals. The adventure cruise line informed us that a professional photographer would be a special guest on board to give us guidance on photography. I knew this was the camera I wanted and what a fabulous opportunity to have a professional show me how to use the camera before our big safari in the autumn. But how do you purchase a $900 camera sight unseen? I thought I would go into the various camera shops in Chicago to "test drive" different cameras and see which one worked best for me. The cruise was leaving in two weeks and I didn't have time to camera shop. I bit the bullet and purchased this Leica.

I ordered the camera from Amazon one week before departure. Freaking out that it wouldn't arrive in time, Amazon came through like champions and it was delivered in 3 days. I cannot begin to tell you the fabulous pictures I began to take in just auto mode. Magazine quality. I love every single thing about this camera.
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