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Leica V-LUX 20 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD
- 12.1-megapixel sensor
- 12x Leica DC Vario-Elmar 1:3.3 4.9 / 4.1 49.2mm ASPH (25-300 mm) Integrated zoom lens; focal lengths from super-wide to extreme telephoto
- GPS module for registration of geographical data of every shot
- 720p HD movie capture with 12x zoom range
- Compatible with SD/SDHC/SXDC cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,800|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL (Multi, Centre, Spot)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Included Components||Camera, Battery charger, Battery, Battery Case,|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 1.3 x 4.06 inches|
|Item Weight||0.48 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.3 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||25 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.4 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (60 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
From the Manufacturer
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 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
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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What I have found upon trying the camera out for a few days:
1) GPS: Tags all your photos with place, date and time. Handy if you travel A LOT. Otherwise, a novelty and major battery suck. The GPS draws power even when the camera is off, unless you put it into airplane mode. Presumably this is to have current coordinates on hand when you power it up. The GPS can be slow to 'latch on' when taken out of airplane mode. It took 10 minutes to triangulate the signal with an unobstructed 360-view of the sky in the San Francisco area. If this were a car navigation system, you'd have arrived at your destination by then.
2) Lens: amazing range with significant extra reach over the D-Lux 4. However, the picture quality suffers. Noticeable softness when compared to the D-Lux 4. Not significantly better than Canon Powershots, which run half the price. (I own two Powershots as well.) However, color rendition and contrast are superior to Canon point-and-shoots. See the focal length sample photo I uploaded to to the V-Lux 20 product description here on Amazon. [UPDATE: I ran some side by side comparisons with my Powershots, and the Leica lens is not as soft as I first perceived. 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.Read more ›
The color rendering seems to be more true on the V-Lux 20 (the ZS7 has a slight "cyan" cast), fewer blown highlights (maybe the biggest drawback of the ZS7), and most-importantly- superior noise reduction. The Leica's internal NR is in my opinion comparable to the very best post-process noise-reduction products out there, including Topaz DeNoise 4. (Most point-and-shoot cameras I prefer the minimum NR setting, the Leica I prefer the default setting. I actually get better results from the camera's own NR, with either no or minimal post-processing. On the other hand, the ZS7's NR is more typical for in-camera NR, where I use the minimum settings, and then fixed with more-intense post-processing.) The video also seems to have more resolution and less highlight clipping. (Although the vertical streaks from bright lights is exactly the same as the ZS7.) The question will come down to whether these advantages justify the price difference. I say it's a close call. But if I were to sell one of the cameras, I'd sell the ZS7, only because I do think the V-Lux 20 does yield noticeably better performance, and I think it's the best mega-zoom point-and-shoot available as of right now.
- 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.
- Fewer blown highlights relative to the Panasonic ZS7.Read more ›
D4's shortcomings made me think of the V20 -with its 12x zoom- as the camera that I could take to every trip or event, without having to pack my DSLR with all its bulky lenses. I knew the lens aperture was not as good as the one you find on the D4, but I was ready to give that up. To my disappointment, the V20 was not up for the task. First of all, it seems like it is going to break if it falls off my hands. Its construction feels extremely weak, i.e. the V20 doesn't qualify for long trips or any harsh conditions. I wasn't impressed by the quality of the pictures I took either. For any practical matters, I couldn't find any significant differences between the pictures I took with the V20 and the ones that you can get with any point and shoot camera available at lower prices, i.e. Sony or Panasonic. Why should anybody pay USD 700 for a regular point and shoot? Maybe this little camera is just for the ones who want to add another red dot to their collection.
I am sorry Leica. The V20 went back to the seller today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own several digital and film Leicas, but no matter what I am taking to a shoot, I always bring my V-Lux 20 with me as a backup. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sal Ruibal
I bought this camera for Christmas in 2010 and didn't use it until February 2011. By the time I got around to taking it on the Queen Mary 2 and on a car tour of Germany in July,... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Linda Cargill
The pictures taken with this camera are OK as long as you just look at them on the computer screen (zoomed out). Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by W
My main camera is a Nikon D7000 SLR but it is a lot to take on frequent motorcycle trips so I got the Leica with the expectation that I would have to sacrifice some quality. Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Skitty
With two Ninkon D200's in our photobag and delighted with them it seemed to go against the grain to purchase a point and shoot. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Thomas J. Greco
It is a bit pricey for a point and shoot, but I am 48 years old have been doing cameras for a better part of my life. This one is fantastic. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Rick
I have canon,nikon....but Leica is the most famous camera brand in the World.
but,I think the best Quality,,,
but i... Read more
This is just a wonderful little camera.
High quality, superb build, legendary Leica quality. Read more