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Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4

Portability
67
Imaging
38
Features
39
Overall
38
Fujifilm FinePix SL300 front
 
Leica V-Lux 4 front
Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Key Specs

Fujifilm SL300
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 510g - 122 x 93 x 100mm
  • Released January 2012
Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Earlier Model is Leica V-Lux 3
  • Later Model is Leica V-Lux 5
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Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Overview

In this article, we are reviewing the Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors FujiFilm and Leica. The resolution of the Fujifilm SL300 (14MP) and the V-Lux 4 (12MP) is very close and they possess the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The Fujifilm SL300 was revealed 8 months prior to the V-Lux 4 so they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a brief view of how the Fujifilm SL300 matches up vs the V-Lux 4 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm SL300 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 Fujifilm SL300 V-Lux 4 

Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Fujifilm SL300

 V-Lux 4 Fujifilm SL300 
AnnouncedSeptember 2012January 2012More recent by 8 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Fujifilm SL300 and Leica V-Lux 4

 Fujifilm SL300 V-Lux 4 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Display resolution460k460kSame display resolution
Touch display No Touch display

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Fujifilm SL300 has got outer measurements of 122mm x 93mm x 100mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 3.9") and a weight of 510 grams (1.12 lbs) whilst the Leica V-Lux 4 has dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") and a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select at that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the Fujifilm SL300 and the V-Lux 4.

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the Fujifilm SL300 and V-Lux 4 is 67 and 65 respectively.

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to picture the gap in sensor measurements merely by viewing technical specs. The photograph below should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm SL300 and V-Lux 4.

As you can tell, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You should expect to see the Fujifilm SL300 to result in more detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images far more aggressively. The older Fujifilm SL300 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm SL300 Portrait photography highlights
Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography highlights
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good resolution (14MP)
comes with face detection focusing
manual focus not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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has manual focus
has face detection focusing
supports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm SL300 Street photography advice
Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography advice
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition (510 grams)
57
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
sensor is small (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (588 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm SL300 Sports photography factors
Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography factors
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excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (540 shots)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm SL300 Travel photography factors
Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography factors
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good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (510 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
55
better than average battery pack (540 CIPA)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (588 grams)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm SL300 Landscape photography information
Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography information
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decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (540 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm SL300 as a Vlogging camera
Leica V-Lux 4 as a Vlogging camera
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decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than competition (510g)
63
rather wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic socket
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others in class (588g)
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Fujifilm SL300 vs Leica V-Lux 4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm SL300 and Leica V-Lux 4
 Fujifilm FinePix SL300Leica V-Lux 4
General Information
Manufacturer FujiFilm Leica
Model Fujifilm FinePix SL300 Leica V-Lux 4
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-01-05 2012-09-17
Physical type 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 surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/2.8
Macro focus distance 2cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT color LCD monitor Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 97% 100%
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (Wide: 40 cm–7.0 m / Tele: 2.5m–3.6 m) 13.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 510g (1.12 lb) 588g (1.30 lb)
Dimensions 122 x 93 x 100mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 3.9") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 300 pictures 540 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-85 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $280 $899