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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
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Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 front
Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Key Specs

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
  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Successor is Leica V-Lux 5
Panasonic ZS30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 198g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2013
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ40
  • Old Model is Panasonic ZS25
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS35
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS30, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Leica and Panasonic. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and ZS30 (18MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was launched 3 months before the ZS30 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS30 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise overview of how the V-Lux 4 grades vs the ZS30 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Panasonic ZS30

 V-Lux 4 ZS30 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS30 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 ZS30 V-Lux 4 
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS30

 V-Lux 4 ZS30 
LaunchedSeptember 2012January 2013Same generation
Screen size3"3"Same screen size

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera regularly, you have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Leica V-Lux 4 provides outer 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 ZS30 has measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you use at that moment. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the V-Lux 4 and the ZS30.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the V-Lux 4 and ZS30 is 65 and 92 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to picture the difference in sensor sizes merely by looking through technical specs. The image underneath should offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the V-Lux 4 and ZS30.

As you can tell, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Panasonic ZS30 to render greater detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures way more aggressively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS30 Portrait photography highlights
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has manual focus
has face detection focus
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
33
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography info
Panasonic ZS30 Street photography info
57
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (588 grams)
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
lighter than average in class (198g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography factors
Panasonic ZS30 Sports photography factors
46
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
good battery (540 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
provides tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,200s)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography factors
Panasonic ZS30 Travel photography factors
55
good battery (540 per charge)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
fairly wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (588 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than average in class (198 grams)
provides focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (480mm)
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery (260 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography details
Panasonic ZS30 Landscape photography details
48
has manual focus
fairly wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
good battery (540 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse mode
44
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Leica V-Lux 4
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS30
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fairly wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (588g)
35
reasonably wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (198 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no microphone port
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS30
 Leica V-Lux 4Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Panasonic
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
Also called as - Lumix DMC-TZ40
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-09-17 2013-01-07
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
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 12MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 15s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1200s
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m 6.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB 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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588g (1.30 lb) 198g (0.44 lb)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 photographs 260 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $899 $250