Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610

Leica V-Lux 4 front
Nikon Coolpix L610 front

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced September 2012
  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • New Model is Leica V-Lux 5
Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Launched August 2012
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Overview

Here is a in-depth comparison of the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Nikon L610, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Leica and Nikon. There exists a huge gap among the image resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and L610 (16MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was unveiled 2 months later than the L610 and they are both of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Nikon L610 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise overview of how the V-Lux 4 matches up vs the L610 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Nikon L610

 V-Lux 4 L610 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 L610 V-Lux 4 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Nikon L610

 V-Lux 4 L610 
LaunchedSeptember 2012August 2012Same generation
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Screen resolution460k460kIdentical screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and proportions. The Leica V-Lux 4 offers outer measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") having a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) whilst the Nikon L610 has measurements of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") along with a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the V-Lux 4 and the L610.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the V-Lux 4 and L610 is 65 and 90 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing just by going through specs. The photograph here will help give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the V-Lux 4 and L610.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Nikon L610 to provide extra detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography information
Nikon L610 Portrait photography information
manual focus
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
MP count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography details
Nikon L610 Street photography details
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (588g)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (240 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography factors
Nikon L610 Sports photography factors
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
good battery life (540 per charge)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
great zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (120 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography highlights
Nikon L610 Travel photography highlights
good battery life (540 per charge)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (588g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lighter than average (240 grams)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
great reach (350mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (120 per charge)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography highlights
Nikon L610 Landscape photography highlights
manual focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (540 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no Timelapse function
decently wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery pack (120 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon L610 as a Vlogging camera
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has microphone port
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (588g)
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (240g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have mic socket
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Nikon L610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Nikon L610
 Leica V-Lux 4Nikon Coolpix L610
General Information
Brand Name Leica Nikon
Model type Leica V-Lux 4 Nikon Coolpix L610
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-09-17 2012-08-09
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 -
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 25-350mm (14.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Min shutter speed 60s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync -
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588 grams (1.30 pounds) 240 grams (0.53 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life 540 photographs 120 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack AA
Battery ID - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) -
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $899 $150