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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46
Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost 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  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Later Model is Leica V-Lux 5
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F) lens
  • 305g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Released August 2012
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers Leica and Samsung. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and Galaxy Camera 3G (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was launched about the same time to the Galaxy Camera 3G and they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short summation of how the V-Lux 4 matches up versus the Galaxy Camera 3G with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 V-Lux 4 Galaxy Camera 3G 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution460k0kSharper screen (+460k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G over the Leica V-Lux 4

 Galaxy Camera 3G V-Lux 4 
Screen sizing4.8"3"Bigger screen (+1.8")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 V-Lux 4 Galaxy Camera 3G 
ReleasedSeptember 2012August 2012Similar age

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and measurements. The Leica V-Lux 4 provides physical dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") along with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G has proportions of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the V-Lux 4 vs the Galaxy Camera 3G.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the V-Lux 4 and Galaxy Camera 3G is 65 and 90 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's difficult to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions only by checking a spec sheet. The pic below will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the V-Lux 4 and Galaxy Camera 3G.

As you can see, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G to give you greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop shots far more aggressively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Portrait photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
45
has manual focus
comes with face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
30
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography details
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Street photography details
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than average in class (588 grams)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (305g)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Sports photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
46
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (540 CIPA)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
45
amazing zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography information
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Travel photography information
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better than average battery pack (540 CIPA)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (588 grams)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
72
lighter than competitors (305 grams)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
rather wide (23mm)
great reach (481mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Landscape photography highlights
48
has manual focus
fairly wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (540 shots)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
47
rather wide (23mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
lovely big screen (4.8 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging factors
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Vlogging factors
63
fairly wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic socket
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than average in class (588 grams)
37
rather wide (23mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (305g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have mic support
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
 Leica V-Lux 4Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Samsung
Model type Leica V-Lux 4 Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-09-17 2012-08-29
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - 1.4GHz Quad-Core
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 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 -
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 23-481mm (20.9x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 4.8 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dots 0k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds -
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.50 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync no built-in flash
External flash
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) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588g (1.30 lb) 305g (0.67 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7")
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
Other
Battery life 540 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC
Card slots Single Single
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