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Leica V-LUX 3 CMOS Camera with 12.1MP and 24x Super Telephoto Zoom

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Leica
  • Model: V-LUX 3
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 24 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006JP2UXA
  • Item model number: V-LUX 3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,945 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 8, 2011

Product Description

The ideal camera for every situation
With a Leica V-Lux 3, your creative freedom is boundless. Its 24× super-telephoto zoom makes capturing sweeping landscapes just as easy as bringing even the smallest details into the foreground. Thanks to its newly developed 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, the camera captures images in exceptional quality. At the same time, the video capability of the V-Lux 3 allows the recording of moving pictures in full-HD quality.

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Customer Reviews

I have had this now for about 8 months, and have to say it is really a great deal. The price/quality relationship is the best I have experienced with any camera. I was a… Read more ›
My still shots are just as good if not better then my Nikon DSLR. The color saturation and overall contrast in my outdoor photographs is outstanding. Even my distant shots… Read more ›
The pictures looked not up to par. Then I bought the Leica V-Lux 3 and the pictures were stunning. I compared the two cameras, and there is no comparison. Read more ›
After four months of shooting, I have found myself reaching for this…For those quick shots or when I don't want to pack my Nikon gear the Leica V Lux3 has become the one. Read more ›
For a light, quick flexible camera, this is the one. Years ago I was a professional photographer in NYC. Today I am a serious amateur still using Nikon equipment. Read more ›
And finally i have a leica :) Good overall camera with fast auto focus and Great image quality. Could have a better build quality but photos come out great. Read more ›
I am finding this camera very satisfying and the built in zoom capabilities are very convenient. Still learning it's complexities but even this is enjoyable, though without… Read more ›
I did research before I purchased this, and forget your typical Canons or Nikons; Leica blows them away, both in price and features. The camera's zoom lens is unbelievable. T… Read more ›
Good size - I don't find myself leaving it behind because it's "too much to carry". The zoom is ridiculously awesome for the size/price. Read more ›
T…The zoom is incredible, the basic operations are simple (most of them -- I'll get to that in a moment), the photos are wonderful, the battery holds a charge for a long time. Read more ›
Very reasonable. Therefore, the lens is excellent but the body thus far seems weak. If someone asks me about a similar compact camera I would recommend Lumix FZ150, which… Read more ›
Incredible. 12.1mb is adequate for our needs and the Leica lens is OUTSTANDING. We have had super-zoom single lens SLR's in the past and then got rid of them because they… Read more ›
The details you can capture are outstanding with the lens, which is standard, and the shutter speed option is fantastic, so I never miss a precious moment, which are hard… Read more ›
I have a family member who has several…The camera really shines in close up work, and, oddly, the quality of photos taken in full telephoto mode are also outstanding. A… Read more ›
Not sure a man's hand will like tho. Controls are easy to see and function. Movable screen is a delight! Read more ›
but i did not judge "a book by its…Now that I am learning more about the camera (reading the manual in its entirety), I am realizing all the amazing features of it. I… Read more ›
This has done it for me. I also take high quality video with it. My Grandson plays hockey at a fairly high level (fast paced) and also for his High School Team. Read more ›
My Grandson plays hockey at a fairly high level (fast paced) and…Lighting changes from rink to rink and I have been able to take really good video of the fast paced games. Read more ›
Picture quality is exquisite. Good size - I don't find myself leaving it behind because it's "too much to carry". The zoom is ridiculously awesome for the size/price. Read more ›
Good size - I don't find myself leaving it behind because it's "too much to carry". The zoom is ridiculously awesome for the size/price. Read more ›
The built in microphone is stereo and outfitted with a wind noise filter. Even though I'm an old school viewfinder guy, the swing out 3" LCD display is sharp and clean. Its… Read more ›
Very reasonable. Therefore, the lens is excellent but the body thus far seems weak. If someone asks me about a similar compact camera I would recommend Lumix FZ150, which… Read more ›
The 12.1 megapixels is more then enough for me. At 12 full resolution frames per second, the CMOS sensor is great at capturing my shots. At reduced resolution of 3.5… Read more ›
but i did not judge "a book by its cover." When I learned the basics of the camera (enough to take pictures), I was blown away by the clarity, detail, and colors… Read more ›
plus $300 less expensive since the V-LUX 4 came out. superior quality, easy to use. Read more ›
At my grand daughter's soccer game I was able to get closeups from one goal to the other. Easy to learn but with seemingly endless variations in how it can be used. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By doctim11 on August 11, 2012
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Picked up a Leica V-Lux 30 for my wife who wanted to get back into photography. She is doing close up / macro nature pics and this camera WILL focus down to 1cm away from the subject. Incredible. 12.1mb is adequate for our needs and the Leica lens is OUTSTANDING. We have had super-zoom single lens SLR's in the past and then got rid of them because they did everything mediocre, not this camera, it does everything well. The next step up would be a professional multi-thousand dollar camera and for under $1000 this Leica performs right up to the top of the line cameras.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Pounce on July 15, 2012
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I purchased a Panasonic FZ150K, took a few pictures, and loaded them into my computer. The pictures looked not up to par.
Then I bought the Leica V-Lux 3 and the pictures were stunning. I compared the two cameras, and there is no comparison. The image processing in the Leica is superior. 'Nuf said.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By mrskbg on March 16, 2012
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So far, I love this camera! First, it fits my hand so comfy and balanced. Not sure a man's hand will like tho. Controls are easy to see and function. Movable screen is a delight! Auto focus with stableizers excellent support exceeds my dreams. Now the final proof can only be seen in the quality of 24X enlarged printed pictures? I'll update when that is done with enough shots to evaluate. For now, thank you Leica, for the camera of my dreams!!!!!
ps. Wish the flash was included and the correct card so I'd be ready to shoot out of the box and have no doubt what card to buy. Hard enough to wait to charge the battery!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WALDO812 on August 4, 2013
Being a dedicated DSLR user I wasn't all that enthused about smaller "want to be" cameras until I came across this Leica V Lux 3. I picked this one up last spring while on a trip to visit friends in Louisville. After grabbing a sandwich I noticed a camera store a few doors down. Once I got a good hands on feel for this camera I left the store to give it some serious thought. The reduced price was also a big factor. The next day I came back and the rest is history.

As everyone has well documented this Leica V Lux 3 does share most of its components with the Panasonic DMC FZ150. The difference between the two besides the included and not so free, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements is all in the lens. The integrated 4.5-108mm F/2.8- F/5.2 ASPH lens is generous. ASPH is just a simple abbreviation for aspheric. It basically means at least one of the glass's elements does not have a spherical design or a constant radius curve. I've never been high on the so called super zooms mounted on point and shoots. This 24x is a first for me. Its sweet.

Bigger isn't always better. The 12.1 megapixels is more then enough for me. At 12 full resolution frames per second, the CMOS sensor is great at capturing my shots. At reduced resolution of 3.5 megapixels it can be pushed to 60 fps. My still shots are just as good if not better then my Nikon DSLR. The color saturation and overall contrast in my outdoor photographs is outstanding. Even my distant shots come in perfectly sharp and in clear detail. Noise has not as big of an issue as I thought it would be.

This camera does sport an image stabilizer for free shooting aficionados. Still nothing beats a tripod or a mono-pod. If that option isn't available I suggest going with anything stationary to help the shot.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jay on January 1, 2013
Leica V-LUX3 a "CLONE" of a Panasonic DMC-FZ150K ?????????

I found from looking on the Leica Website and various on-line reviews that the Japanese made Leica lenses take 40 minutes for each element to be individually ground, polished and tested then the 1 to 4 coatings are added, (this camera has 14 lens elements) on Leica made imported machines, whereas the Panasonic models use mass production techniques on their own machines to a (minimum) Leica spec but with their own coatings including the own brand Panasonic Black Box Nano surface coating.
Picture processing firmware (Panny uses its own Venus engine) for both have large differences as do the CCD qualities and manufacturing tolerances. The CCD's are made by different manufacturers, the ones for the Leica brand are all tested but the Panny ones are only spot checked, differences in lens quality and coatings and firmware make for better colours and fewer aberrations at wide apertures.
The V-LUX3 is 22 grams heavier again due to the noticeable extra build quality of all metal and electro-mechanical parts that's why Leica give a full unlimited 2 year guarantee against the 1 year Panny.
The Leica comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 that would cost £150.
Then finally resale value (average second hand)
Panasonic DMC-FZ150K £205
Leica V-LUX3 £350

So there you have it identical apart from a "red badge" !!!! and street cred!

You can always tell a Leica, by the way it takes pictures - and by the pictures it takes
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65 of 79 people found the following review helpful By P. Laird on February 27, 2012
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This Leica is a great camera. The zoom is incredible, the basic operations are simple (most of them -- I'll get to that in a moment), the photos are wonderful, the battery holds a charge for a long time.

But...

... unlike EVERY other digital camera I have ever owned, the process of setting up the mode for the built-in flash is completely nonintuitive. I have looked at the manual a dozen times, played around with the on-screen menus repeatedly... and I STILL cannot figure out how to get to the flash mode settings. It's simply ridiculous on a camera this expensive.
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