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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
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Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 front
Portability
66
Imaging
40
Features
32
Overall
36

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Older Model is Leica V-Lux 3
  • Newer Model is Leica V-Lux 5
Panasonic LZ30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 552g - 124 x 84 x 92mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Succeeded the Panasonic LZ20
  • Later Model is Panasonic LZ40
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Panasonic LZ30, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Leica and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference among the resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and LZ30 (16MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was unveiled 3 months earlier than the LZ30 which means that they are both of a similar age. The two cameras feature the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the V-Lux 4 scores against the LZ30 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Panasonic LZ30

 V-Lux 4 LZ30 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic LZ30 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 LZ30 V-Lux 4 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic LZ30

 V-Lux 4 LZ30 
RevealedSeptember 2012January 2013Same age
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Touch display Absent Touch display

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera regularly, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Leica V-Lux 4 has outside dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Panasonic LZ30 has proportions of 124mm x 84mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6") and a weight of 552 grams (1.22 lbs).

Analyze the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Panasonic LZ30 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at the time. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the V-Lux 4 versus the LZ30.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 4 and LZ30 is 65 and 66 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to envision the contrast in sensor measurements just by going through technical specs. The photograph below might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the V-Lux 4 and LZ30.

As you have seen, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic LZ30 to provide greater detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic LZ30 Portrait photography advice
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you can focus manually
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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resolution is good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography info
Panasonic LZ30 Street photography info
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screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than average in class (588g)
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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than competitors in class (552 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Sports photography with Panasonic LZ30
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long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery power (540 shots)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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incredible zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
great battery (380 per charge)
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography factors
Panasonic LZ30 Travel photography factors
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great battery power (540 CIPA)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
decently wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (588 grams)
low MP (12MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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great battery (380 per charge)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (875mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (552 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic LZ30 as a Landscape photography camera
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you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (540 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
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fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
great battery (380 shots)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging information
Panasonic LZ30 Vlogging information
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decently wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic support
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than average in class (588 grams)
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fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than competitors in class (552g)
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic LZ30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic LZ30
 Leica V-Lux 4Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
General Information
Brand Name Leica Panasonic
Model type Leica V-Lux 4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-09-17 2013-01-07
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 25-875mm (35.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 4.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588 grams (1.30 pounds) 552 grams (1.22 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 124 x 84 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Other
Battery life 540 shots 380 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 0r 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $899 $230