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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46
Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
32
Features
36
Overall
33

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Earlier Model is Leica V-Lux 3
  • Replacement is Leica V-Lux 5
Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Introduced April 2009
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Overview

Here is a in-depth review of the Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony HX1, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Leica and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap between the resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and HX1 (9MP) and the V-Lux 4 (1/2.3") and HX1 (1/2.4") feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The V-Lux 4 was announced 3 years later than the HX1 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the V-Lux 4 grades versus the HX1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Sony HX1

 V-Lux 4 HX1 
IntroducedSeptember 2012April 2009Fresher by 42 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 HX1 V-Lux 4 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony HX1

 V-Lux 4 HX1 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. 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) whilst the Sony HX1 has sizing of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilising at the time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the V-Lux 4 compared to the HX1.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 4 and HX1 is 65 and 67 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizing only by looking at specifications. The graphic underneath might give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the V-Lux 4 and HX1.

To sum up, both the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The V-Lux 4 using its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Leica V-Lux 4 will give extra detail with its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The fresher V-Lux 4 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography info
Sony HX1 Portrait photography info
45
you can focus manually
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
27
focusing manually
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Street photography with Sony HX1
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than others in class (588g)
50
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
more heavy than competitors in class (544 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography features
Sony HX1 Sports photography features
46
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery (540 shots)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
36
incredible zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography highlights
Sony HX1 Travel photography highlights
55
better than average battery (540 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
decently wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (588 grams)
resolution not great (12MP)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
48
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
long reach (560mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (544 grams)
low resolution sensor (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography info
Sony HX1 Landscape photography info
48
you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (540 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
missing Timelapse recording
39
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX1 as a Vlogging camera
63
decently wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than others in class (588g)
22
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1440 x 1080 resolution)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competitors in class (544 grams)
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony HX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony HX1
 Leica V-Lux 4Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
General Information
Brand Name Leica Sony
Model type Leica V-Lux 4 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-09-17 2009-04-22
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m 9.20 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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) 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1440x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD H.264
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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 588 gr (1.30 lbs) 544 gr (1.20 lbs)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" 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 photos -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $899 $47,999