Leica V-Lux 40

  • 14 MP
  • 20x f/3.3
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released May, 2012
The Leica V-LUX 40's 20x zoom lens provides a very versatile focal length of 24-480mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.
Rated 80% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

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First reviewed May, 2012

Features Key features of the Leica V-Lux 40

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This particular Leica offers a new 15.3-megapixel 1/2.33-inch CMOS sensor, which outputs 14.1 effective megapixel stills, Full HD 1920x1080 pixels video with stereo sound.
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megapixels

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20 MP

14 MP
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20 MP
For low light shots, the Leica's slightly modest light sensitivity settings run the gamut from a standard issue ISO100 to ISO3200, which is not exactly over-egging the pudding.
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Predictably you'll want to stick at ISO800 to avoid any noise entirely, but ISO1600 and ISO3200 setting are still reasonably usable in terms of sensor performance, with the image, though slightly grittier, not degrading to a disquieting extent.
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sensor size

Leica V-Lux 40
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

wide angle lens

Leica V-Lux 40
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m. Forced Off - Wide Angle (24mm).
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The Leica V-LUX 40 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle.
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aperture size

Leica V-Lux 40
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Leica D-Lux 6
It's also much sharper than competing compacts when it comes to maintaining detail across the focal range, though inevitably there is still occasional softness when shooting near the telephoto end, and using the camera handheld.
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It's a premium-feel metal construction travel zoom, shorthand for the fact that it incorporates a very usefully broad 20x optical reach.
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zoom range

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Available in black with that famous Leica red dot for £550 / $700, read our Leica V-LUX 40 review to find out if this is the best travel-zoom camera that money can buy.
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The Leica V-Lux 40 may well be the only travel zoom you may ever need, and looked at in that context the upper-end outlay makes a little more sense - as it does if you were thinking to invest in the bundled Photoshop software anyway.
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body size

105 x 59 x 28 mm
111 x 68 x 46 mm
111 x 68 x 46 mm
 

Performance Real world tests of Leica V-Lux 40

max continuous shooting

10 fps
2 fps
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Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
  • Records the location of your photos automatically
  • 10 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Create slow motion video
  • 28 mm
  • 210 g
  • 105 x 59 x 28 mm

cons

  • 20x
  • f/3.3
  • 1/2.5"
  • 14 MP
  • None

Reviews Word on the street

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Read the review (Oct, 2012)
The Leica V-LUX 40's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography.

GPS

Satellite signal reception may not be possible, depending on the location.
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* GPS tagging may not function in the People’s Republic of China and neighbouring regions.
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Lens

In fairness the zoom reach on offer here is much more practical for all its marvelous miniaturization than that found on an interchangeable lens camera or bridge model that could be bagged at a comparable price.
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Image quality

As you'd get from the V-Lux 40's Panasonic equivalent, colours are rich yet naturalistic straight out of the camera, though we did occasionally feel the need to enliven things further by reaching for the Expressive mode control, while the toy and mini (miniature) options are also great fun if used in moderation.
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Focus

An upgraded Light Speed auto-focus system, Venus Engine VI processor, and the POWER O.I.S. anti-shake system complete the headline specifications.
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Competition What else you should consider

Editions Editions of the Leica V-Lux 40

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October 24, 2012
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