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Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4

Portability
82
Imaging
33
Features
19
Overall
27
Fujifilm FinePix S1500 front
 
Leica V-Lux 4 front
Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Key Specs

Fujifilm S1500
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-396mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 345g - 103 x 73 x 68mm
  • Revealed February 2009
Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released September 2012
  • Previous Model is Leica V-Lux 3
  • New Model is Leica V-Lux 5
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Fujifilm S1500 and Leica V-Lux 4, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers FujiFilm and Leica. The resolution of the Fujifilm S1500 (10MP) and the V-Lux 4 (12MP) is pretty similar and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm S1500 was released 4 years prior to the V-Lux 4 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summation of how the Fujifilm S1500 grades vs the V-Lux 4 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm S1500 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 Fujifilm S1500 V-Lux 4 

Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Fujifilm S1500

 V-Lux 4 Fujifilm S1500 
ReleasedSeptember 2012February 2009Newer by 43 months
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Fujifilm S1500 and Leica V-Lux 4

 Fujifilm S1500 V-Lux 4 
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and proportions. The Fujifilm S1500 offers external dimensions of 103mm x 73mm x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") along with a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs) whilst the Leica V-Lux 4 has measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the Fujifilm S1500 against the V-Lux 4.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Fujifilm S1500 and V-Lux 4 is 82 and 65 respectively.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is tough to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions only by going over technical specs. The pic underneath should give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the Fujifilm S1500 and V-Lux 4.

As you can tell, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should expect the Leica V-Lux 4 to offer you more detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more aged Fujifilm S1500 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Fujifilm S1500
Portrait photography with Leica V-Lux 4
19
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
45
manual focus
provides face detection focus
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm S1500
Street photography with Leica V-Lux 4
51
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
57
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (588 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Sports photography info
Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography info
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
46
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
good battery power (540 per charge)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm S1500
Travel photography with Leica V-Lux 4
50
flash built-in
very long zoom (396mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
55
good battery power (540 CIPA)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (588g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Fujifilm S1500
Landscape photography with Leica V-Lux 4
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
48
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
good battery power (540 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm S1500 Vlogging features
Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging features
23
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not great (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic jack
63
pretty wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others in class (588 grams)
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Fujifilm S1500 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm S1500 and Leica V-Lux 4
 Fujifilm FinePix S1500Leica V-Lux 4
General Information
Brand FujiFilm Leica
Model Fujifilm FinePix S1500 Leica V-Lux 4
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-02-17 2012-09-17
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 33-396mm (12.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/2.8
Macro focus distance 2cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.70 m (Auto ISO) 13.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 345g (0.76 lbs) 588g (1.30 lbs)
Dimensions 103 x 73 x 68mm (4.1" x 2.9" x 2.7") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 540 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch price $200 $899