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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500

Portability
55
Imaging
55
Features
80
Overall
65
Leica V-Lux 5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 front
Portability
53
Imaging
53
Features
81
Overall
64

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12500 (Increase to 25000)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-400mm (F2.8-4) lens
  • 812g - 137 x 97 x 132mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Replaced the Leica V-Lux 4
Panasonic FZ2500
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 24-480mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 915g - 138 x 102 x 135mm
  • Revealed September 2016
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FZ2000
  • Superseded the Panasonic FZ1000
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Overview

In this article, we are reviewing the Leica V-Lux 5 versus Panasonic FZ2500, both Large Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Leica and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the V-Lux 5 (20MP) and the FZ2500 (20MP) is very close and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1").

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The V-Lux 5 was announced 3 years after the FZ2500 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the V-Lux 5 scores versus the FZ2500 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 5 over the Panasonic FZ2500

 V-Lux 5 FZ2500 
RevealedJanuary 2020September 2016More modern by 41 months
Display resolution1240k1040kSharper display (+200k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ2500 over the Leica V-Lux 5

 FZ2500 V-Lux 5 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 5 and Panasonic FZ2500

 V-Lux 5 FZ2500 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera often, you need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Leica V-Lux 5 enjoys outside dimensions of 137mm x 97mm x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") with a weight of 812 grams (1.79 lbs) while the Panasonic FZ2500 has measurements of 138mm x 102mm x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3") accompanied by a weight of 915 grams (2.02 lbs).

Analyze the Leica V-Lux 5 versus Panasonic FZ2500 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the V-Lux 5 vs the FZ2500.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 5 and FZ2500 is 55 and 53 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The image here will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the V-Lux 5 and FZ2500.

As you can see, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the identical megapixels therefore you can expect comparable quality of files but you really should take the age of the cameras into account. The newer V-Lux 5 should have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FZ2500 as a Portrait photography camera
73
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
has face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
71
has manual focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
features face detection focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Street photography features
Panasonic FZ2500 Street photography features
71
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
features focus by touch
70
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW formats
features focus by touch
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Sports photography info
Panasonic FZ2500 Sports photography info
70
long zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
has tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect AF
69
long zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
features tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Leica V-Lux 5
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ2500
64
has bluetooth
features focus by touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
very long reach (400mm)
does not have Timelapse function
slow max aperture (f2.8)
66
features focus by touch
MP count decent (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (480mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FZ2500 Landscape photography advice
62
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have Timelapse function
65
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FZ2500 Vlogging highlights
68
quite wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
slow max aperture (f2.8)
66
rather wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ2500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 5 and Panasonic FZ2500
 Leica V-Lux 5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Panasonic
Model type Leica V-Lux 5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FZ2000
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Released 2020-01-17 2016-09-19
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 12500 12800
Highest boosted ISO 25000 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW support
Lowest boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 49
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-400mm (16.7x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4 f/2.8-4.5
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,240k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000s 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 13.50 m (with Auto ISO) 13.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, auto w/slow sync and redeye reduction, on, off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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 4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 4096x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 812 grams (1.79 lb) 915 grams (2.02 lb)
Dimensions 137 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") 138 x 102 x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 70
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.6
DXO Low light rating not tested 538
Other
Battery life 360 shots 350 shots
Form of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLC12
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $1,550 $998