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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
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Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Ricoh CX6 front
Portability
92
Imaging
34
Features
38
Overall
35

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Revealed September 2012
  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Successor is Leica V-Lux 5
Ricoh CX6
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 201g - 104 x 59 x 29mm
  • Revealed November 2011
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by companies Leica and Ricoh. The resolution of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and the CX6 (10MP) is very comparable and they possess the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The V-Lux 4 was released 11 months after the CX6 which means that they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX6 being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a full comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the V-Lux 4 scores against the CX6 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Ricoh CX6

 V-Lux 4 CX6 
RevealedSeptember 2012November 2011More modern by 11 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX6 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 CX6 V-Lux 4 
Display resolution1230k460kClearer display (+770k dot)

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Ricoh CX6

 V-Lux 4 CX6 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry around your camera regularly, you need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Leica V-Lux 4 enjoys outside 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 CX6 has proportions of 104mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 201 grams (0.44 lbs).

Look at the Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using during that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the V-Lux 4 vs the CX6.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 4 and CX6 is 65 and 92 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to imagine the gap in sensor sizes merely by going through a spec sheet. The pic here should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the V-Lux 4 and CX6.

Clearly, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can expect to see the Leica V-Lux 4 to produce extra detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images much more aggressively. The more recent V-Lux 4 provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Portrait photography with Ricoh CX6
45
manual focus
has face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
28
focusing manually
external flash not possible
resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography details
Ricoh CX6 Street photography details
57
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (588g)
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (201g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography factors
Ricoh CX6 Sports photography factors
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
good battery power (540 per charge)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
max fps low (5.0 fps)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography details
Ricoh CX6 Travel photography details
55
good battery power (540 shots)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (588 grams)
MP count low (12MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
66
lighter than competitors in class (201g)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
resolution not great (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Landscape photography with Ricoh CX6
48
manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (540 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse mode
45
focusing manually
quite wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging details
Ricoh CX6 Vlogging details
63
quite wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic port
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others in class (588g)
30
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (201g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic jack
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Ricoh CX6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Ricoh CX6
 Leica V-Lux 4Ricoh CX6
General Information
Brand Name Leica Ricoh
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Ricoh CX6
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-09-17 2011-11-15
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - 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 area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 23 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display Sony WhiteMagic VGA LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure 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) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588g (1.30 lbs) 201g (0.44 lbs)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 104 x 59 x 29mm (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 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model - DB-100
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
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