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Leica V-Lux 2,
This review is from: Leica V-Lux2 Super Zoom Digital Camera with 14.1 Megapixels CMOS Sensor, 24x Optical Zoom, 1080i AVCHD Full HD Video Recording (18393) (Electronics)I too bought a V-Lux 2 recently, largely based on the reputation of Leica and sales rep advice. The camera is light, portable and easy to use. Excellent multi-use digital camera. It has a lot of good user functions, including manual mode, creates RAW files, fast burst mode (up to 60 fps in with jpegs). The 25-600 zoom lens provides great versatility. Daylight pictures are sharp and good quality. A good step up from instamatic type point and shoot.
However, I am not at all impressed with the depth of field (max f8), nor it's ability to focus in zoom mode or with moving targets (autofocus lock does work ok, not great), very difficult to get sharp, in-focus pics. Low light or narrow spectrum lighting situations (sports, ice rink type lighting) are low quality. ISO speeds beyond iso 200 are grainy and muddy.
I'd give it 4 stars for usability and versatility, but 2 stars for image quality, especially at higher isos, low light and moving targets.
Update: notice that similarly priced cameras (bodies only, in the $600-$1,000 range) have pixel densities (See DPReview.com) in the 2.5 to 5 MP/cm^2. Higher end cameras have pixel densities in 1-2 MP/CM^2 range. the Leica V-Lux 2 pixel density is 50 MP/cm^2!!! - therein lies the difference.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2011 8:52:00 AM PST
there is no way to have 50 MP/cm^2???
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 11:49:42 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 1:46:40 PM PST
You should be polite, at least!
Posted on Sep 15, 2011 10:34:19 PM PDT
Jerome M. Hand says:
I truly wish I wasn't an old idiot because I have no idea what the reveiwer said in the last paragraph. Also, could this reviewer suggest a camera better than the Leica V-Lux 2 for around the same price if need be?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 2:00:51 PM PST
R. Meade says:
Any suggestions ever made?
Posted on Apr 29, 2012 8:05:11 AM PDT
Marilyn D. Duerst says:
I have a logic problem here. If you have more pixels per square cm, shouldn't the image be less grainy? Were the camera settings correct?
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Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 7:58:27 AM PDT
I. Inc says:
More Pixels-per-Square CM = smaller pixels.
When the pixel is larger, it gathers more light for the same exposure time. So a pixel that is twice as large gathers twice as much light, effectively doubling the sensitivity. The result is less noise. This is why even an 8 MP DSLR still has a better actual picture quality than a new 12 MP compact camera. Besides the noise issue, the super tiny pixels in a compact camera require even sharper lenses, which rarely occurs.
This is what is known as the "Mega-Pixel Myth", and is not unlike CPU speeds "Gigahertz Myth" in a computers a few years ago when Intel made the radical change from Pentium 4 to the Core Duo, etc. The new Intel chips performed faster, in spite of their slower clock speed.
Tinier pixels gather less light per pixel. This is why Nikon and Canon both offer "full frame" DSLRs with the same resolution as their APS-C counterparts.
As for the people going back and forth and yelling at each other, this is a LEICA review thread. I think we can all peace out a little bit. :)
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