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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950

Portability
55
Imaging
55
Features
80
Overall
65
Leica V-Lux 5 front
 
Nikon Coolpix P950 front
Portability
52
Imaging
43
Features
70
Overall
53

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 12500 (Boost to 25000)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-400mm (F2.8-4) lens
  • 812g - 137 x 97 x 132mm
  • Introduced January 2020
  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 4
Nikon P950
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-2000mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 1005g - 140 x 110 x 150mm
  • Announced January 2020
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Leica V-Lux 5 versus Nikon P950, one is a Large Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Leica and Nikon. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the V-Lux 5 (20MP) and P950 (16MP) and the V-Lux 5 (1") and P950 (1/2.3") use different sensor size.

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The V-Lux 5 was released at a similar time to the P950 and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a brief summation of how the V-Lux 5 grades against the P950 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 5 over the Nikon P950

 V-Lux 5 P950 
Display resolution1240k921kClearer display (+319k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon P950 over the Leica V-Lux 5

 P950 V-Lux 5 
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 5 and Nikon P950

 V-Lux 5 P950 
AnnouncedJanuary 2020January 2020Similar generation
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera, you will need to think about its weight and measurements. The Leica V-Lux 5 enjoys external measurements of 137mm x 97mm x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") with a weight of 812 grams (1.79 lbs) and the Nikon P950 has proportions of 140mm x 110mm x 150mm (5.5" x 4.3" x 5.9") having a weight of 1005 grams (2.22 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica V-Lux 5 versus Nikon P950 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the V-Lux 5 vs the P950.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the V-Lux 5 and P950 is 55 and 52 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes merely by looking at specifications. The picture below will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the V-Lux 5 and P950.

To sum up, both of those cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The V-Lux 5 featuring a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field simpler and the Leica V-Lux 5 will resolve more detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos far more aggressively.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Portrait photography information
Nikon P950 Portrait photography information
73
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW files
57
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
exports RAW formats
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Street photography information
Nikon P950 Street photography information
71
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
has touch to focus
53
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (1,005 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Sports photography details
Nikon P950 Sports photography details
70
long zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
provides tracking focus
lack of phase detect AF
54
great zoom range (24-2000mm 83.3 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Travel photography info
Nikon P950 Travel photography info
64
has bluetooth
has touch to focus
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (400mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
59
has bluetooth
good megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
decently wide (24mm)
long reach (2000mm)
more heavy than competition in class (1,005g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon P950 as a Landscape photography camera
62
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of Timelapse recording
55
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3.2")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Vlogging details
Nikon P950 Vlogging details
68
quite wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
59
decently wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone port
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition in class (1,005g)
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Nikon P950 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 5 and Nikon P950
 Leica V-Lux 5Nikon Coolpix P950
General Information
Brand Name Leica Nikon
Model type Leica V-Lux 5 Nikon Coolpix P950
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2020-01-17 2020-01-07
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 5472 x 3648 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12500 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 25000 -
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 49 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-400mm (16.7x) 24-2000mm (83.3x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4 f/2.8-6.5
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inch 3.2 inch
Display resolution 1,240k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 90 percent
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 300 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 13.50 m (with Auto ISO) 11.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, auto w/slow sync and redeye reduction, on, off -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes EN-EL20a lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 812 grams (1.79 pounds) 1005 grams (2.22 pounds)
Dimensions 137 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") 140 x 110 x 150mm (5.5" x 4.3" x 5.9")
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 360 images 290 images
Battery form Built-in Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $1,550 $797