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Leica V-Lux 5 1″ Compact Camera (2019)

MSRP 1395 USDNeoscore 51%NEX score 58%

Product Overview

Leica V-Lux 5 is a 1″ compact camera with a large zoom range. Introduced by Leica in 2019, it comes with a 1" sensor with 20 MP (5472 x 3648) resolution and a 2.36 million-dot EVF.
The camera has a usable battery life, though a second battery may be a good thing to keep in your camera bag. It should be noted for having a 80 base ISO, which promises cleaner shots. The 12.0 fps burst rate serves enthusiasts well enough, though some professionals may find it limiting.
The Leica V-Lux 5 comes with a fully articulated touch display and 49 autofocus points. Leica has endowed this compact camera with a 16.7x zoom lens, which can be quite useful for travels. Last but not least, the camera can focus quite close to the subject.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 51% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fully articulated LCD
  • 80 base ISO
  • Good 12.0 fps burst rate
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Very useful 16.7x super zoom
Cons
  • Quite heavy
  • Low 20 MP resolution
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Low resolution EVF

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 58% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good continuous shooting rate
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Great dynamic range
  • Superb image quality, with minimal noise at higher ISO levels
  • Very good build quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Poor face tracking performance
  • Poor autofocus performance
  • No headphone jack
  • Larger buttons than the FZ1000 II
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth

Construction

Battery | Capacity
1200 mAh
Form Factor
Compact camera with zoom lens
Image Size
1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Lens
Leica DC Vario-Elmarit
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
20 MP (5472 x 3648)
Sensor | Type
BSI-CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
132 mm / 5.20 in
Size | Height
97 mm / 3.82 in
Size | Width
137 mm / 5.39 in
Weight
812 g / 28.69 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Fully articulated TFT LCD
Resolution
1,240,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.74x
Viewfinder | Resolution
2,360,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

AE Bracketing
±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Angle Of View
84.1° Diagonal | 73.7° Horizontal | 53.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 6.2° Diagonal | 5.2° Horizontal | 3.4° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8 (wide) ~ f/4 (tele)
Autofocus
49 focus points
Crop Factor
2.7
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash
Built-in
Focal Length
8.9 mm ~ 148.1 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
24 mm ~ 400 mm
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
Optical
ISO Range
80 ~ 12500 (expands to 25000)
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264
Video Recording
4K 30p
Weather Resistance
No
Zoom
16.7x optical zoom

Performance

Battery Life
360 shots
Flash Range
13.50 m
Max Burst Rate
12.0 fps
Min Focus Distance
30 mm / 1.18 in
Shutter Speed
1/16000 s (electronic) / 1/4000 s (mechanical) ~ 60 s
Storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card

Production

Battery
BP-DC12 lithium-ion battery and charger
Debut
2019-07-10

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The V-Lux 5 ($1,250) is the same camera as the Lumix DC-FZ1000 II, just with Leica aesthetics. It's as good a camera as its twin, but it's up to you whether the Leica logo is worth a $350 price increase. Our favorite premium bridge camera is the $1,400 Sony RX10 III.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good autofocus performance
  • Very good build quality
Cons
  • Larger buttons than the FZ1000 II

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 44%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Leica V-Lux 5 is decent for travel photography. It takes high-quality images with little noise at higher ISO levels. However, it's not the most portable or lightweight camera to take on the go. While its autofocus system is good with tracking moving objects, it struggles with face tracking.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Great dynamic range
  • Excellent battery life
  • Well-built and comfortable to use
  • Good continuous shooting rate
  • Superb image quality, with minimal noise at higher ISO levels
Cons
  • Poor face tracking performance
  • No headphone jack
  • Poor autofocus performance

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Leica V-Lux 5 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/leica-v-lux-5. 2019-11-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Leica V-Lux 5 Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/leica/v-lux-5. 2021-06-29. Retrieved 2022-02-04.

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