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Leica V-LUX 20 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD

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  • 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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Leica
  • Model: V-LUX 20
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 12 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4 x 2.4 inches ; 7.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003I647V6
  • Item model number: V-LUX 20
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,502 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2008

Product Description

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.

Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera highlights
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.

Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera highlights
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
Leica V-Lux 20 digital camera highlights
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.

Product Description

The Leica V-Lux 20, with a high-performance super-zoom lens with focal lengths ranging from 25-300mm, makes it ideal for almost any photographic situation.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Too much,expensive,,, but,I think the best Quality,,, Read more ›
The 25-300 mm zoom is excellent and offers very good results throughout the entire range. Very handy for traveling. Read more ›
May be a non-issue to some, but I always shoot RAW with my D-Lux 4 and there have been a few amazing shots that I was glad I was able to post-process and get the most out… Read more ›
I travel a lot and when you are in front of the Eifel Tower or the Louvre Museum and you want to capture awesome pictures of those monuments you realize the shortcomings of… Read more ›
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. F… Read more ›
I haven't seen the video on TV because I need an extra cable that I don't have yet but the video in the PC looks…I was particular impressed with the quality of the sound. Read more ›
- 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.) Read more ›
(Comparable to the Sony DSC-HX5V in spite of 720p specs.) - Superb autofocus during videos. Rarely loses focus during zoom. Read more ›
Another reason I wanted this camara was because of the High Resolution video. A complaint that I read from otehr camaras was that they couldn't zoom while in video mode. Read more ›
A complaint that I read from otehr camaras was that they couldn't zoom while in video mode. This camara takes very nice video and one can zoom while in video mode. However… Read more ›
The 25-300 mm zoom is excellent and offers very good results throughout the entire range. Very handy for traveling. Read more ›
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. Read more ›
Also, the optical zoom in this camera is very…However, you have to be in the right mode otherwise you invoke a little extra (digital) zooming, which is not great.] Read more ›
High quality, superb build, legendary Leica quality. I love having that little red dot that speaks luxury and quality to all those that see it. Read more ›
I own the D-Lux-4, which is an amazing little camera. Its fast wide angle lens are superb, the construction of the camera is very strong and the camera has a very nice look. T… Read more ›
I own the D-Lux-4, which is an amazing little camera. Its fast wide angle lens are superb, the construction of the camera is very strong and the camera has a very nice look. T… Read more ›
That is unusual for me…The zoom range from medium wide, useful indoors, to the longest optical is very useful and the superb lens is almost just sharp far out as medium. Read more ›
I compared this…Sure, the colors were nicer and it worked better in low light conditions than the Lumix, but for $650 you can find a much nicer camera than this Leica. Read more ›
Nice quality photos with excellent contrast and color rendition. The image processor in the Leica is different than in the Panasonic sibling to this camera and produces… Read more ›
The D-Lux 4 didn't have one either, but most of the back is taken up by the LCD and it WILL get…Do what I did and get the excellent DuraSec adhesive screen protectors. T… Read more ›
The on-screen menu system leaves a bit to be desired, but then again I've never seen an on-screen menu on any digital camera that…The form factor of the body is excellent. Read more ›
- 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.) Read more ›
People who spring this kind of money for a point and shoot don't want to protect their investment with a…They want the absurdly overpriced but beautifully made Leica case. Read more ›
Nice quality photos with excellent contrast and color rendition. The image processor in the Leica is different than in the Panasonic sibling to this camera and produces… Read more ›
We purchased a Leica "look alike" from a local dealer and returned it, ordering the Leica V-Lux 20 the next day. The performance was spectacular. The telephoto range,… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

210 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Beemer903 on May 25, 2010
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I am inclined to agree with reviewer RT about the V-Lux 20. I too own the D-Lux 4, and also a Nikon D3S. I was looking for something of Leica quality, but with the added reach of the extra zoom lens. I bought my D-Lux 4 a year ago with a then-in-place rebate from Leica, so I paid exactly the same for my D-Lux 4 as I just paid for the V-Lux 20, so they are worth comparing.

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.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Todd Krieger on June 27, 2010
......I do notice several things the V-Lux 20 does better than the DMC-ZS7.......

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.

PROS:

- 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.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By R. Teran on May 24, 2010
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I bought this camera with the idea of having a compact multi-purpose camera that I could take everywhere. I was specially excited about the 12x zoom. However, this little camera is far, far from getting anywhere close to any existing Leica camera. I own the D-Lux-4, which is an amazing little camera. Its fast wide angle lens are superb, the construction of the camera is very strong and the camera has a very nice look. The only problem is that I can't take pictures of subjects that are far away. As I read somewhere, in this case my legs are my zoom. And that doesn't always work.
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.
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