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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46
Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 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
  • Succeeded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Updated by Leica V-Lux 5
Ricoh CX2
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 185g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Revealed August 2009
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Following is a complete assessment of the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by brands Leica and Ricoh. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras have the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was launched 3 years after the CX2 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX2 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the V-Lux 4 grades versus the CX2 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Ricoh CX2

 V-Lux 4 CX2 
RevealedSeptember 2012August 2009More modern by 38 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 CX2 V-Lux 4 
Screen resolution920k460kCrisper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Ricoh CX2

 V-Lux 4 CX2 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Leica V-Lux 4 has physical measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) whilst the Ricoh CX2 has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use during that time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the V-Lux 4 versus the CX2.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 4 and CX2 is 65 and 93 respectively.

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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizes purely by checking out specifications. The image below might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the V-Lux 4 and CX2.

To sum up, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Leica V-Lux 4 to provide greater detail utilizing its extra 3MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more modern V-Lux 4 should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography highlights
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography highlights
45
you can focus manually
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
25
has manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography features
Ricoh CX2 Street photography features
57
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than others (588 grams)
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Sports photography with Ricoh CX2
46
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
good battery (540 shots)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography factors
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography factors
55
good battery (540 shots)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than others (588 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
66
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
low resolution sensor (9MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography highlights
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography highlights
48
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
good battery (540 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
42
has manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Vlogging camera
63
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic port
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others (588 grams)
30
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic socket
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Ricoh CX2
 Leica V-Lux 4Ricoh CX2
General Information
Make Leica Ricoh
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Ricoh CX2
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-09-17 2009-08-20
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588 gr (1.30 lbs) 185 gr (0.41 lbs)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 540 images -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model - DB-70
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $899 $341