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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40

Portability
55
Imaging
55
Features
80
Overall
65
Leica V-Lux 5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 front
Portability
68
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12500 (Raise to 25000)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-400mm (F2.8-4) lens
  • 812g - 137 x 97 x 132mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Superseded the Leica V-Lux 4
Panasonic FZ40
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 494g - 120 x 80 x 92mm
  • Introduced July 2010
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FZ45
Photography Glossary

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Leica V-Lux 5 and Panasonic FZ40, former being a Large Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Leica and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the V-Lux 5 (20MP) and FZ40 (14MP) and the V-Lux 5 (1") and FZ40 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The V-Lux 5 was released 9 years later than the FZ40 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a simple summary of how the V-Lux 5 scores versus the FZ40 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 5 over the Panasonic FZ40

 V-Lux 5 FZ40 
IntroducedJanuary 2020July 2010More recent by 116 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1240k230kCrisper screen (+1010k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ40 over the Leica V-Lux 5

 FZ40 V-Lux 5 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 5 and Panasonic FZ40

 V-Lux 5 FZ40 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera, you have to factor its weight and measurements. The Leica V-Lux 5 has got external dimensions of 137mm x 97mm x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") along with a weight of 812 grams (1.79 lbs) and the Panasonic FZ40 has proportions of 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") having a weight of 494 grams (1.09 lbs).

Check out the Leica V-Lux 5 and Panasonic FZ40 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the V-Lux 5 against the FZ40.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 5 and FZ40 is 55 and 68 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to visualise the difference between sensor measurements just by checking specifications. The photograph here might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the V-Lux 5 and FZ40.

Plainly, each of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The V-Lux 5 due to its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field easier and the Leica V-Lux 5 will give you extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The younger V-Lux 5 will have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FZ40 Portrait photography highlights
73
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
46
you can focus manually
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FZ40 as a Street photography camera
71
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
includes focus via touch
51
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (494 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FZ40 as a Sports photography camera
70
great zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features tracking focus
has no phase detect autofocus
43
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Travel photography factors
Panasonic FZ40 Travel photography factors
64
has bluetooth
includes focus via touch
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (24mm)
very long reach (400mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
54
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (494 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FZ40 Landscape photography advice
62
focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
51
you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Leica V-Lux 5
Vlogging with Panasonic FZ40
68
decently wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone port
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
23
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than others in class (494g)
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Panasonic FZ40 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 5 and Panasonic FZ40
 Leica V-Lux 5Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
General Information
Brand Leica Panasonic
Model Leica V-Lux 5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
Other name - Lumix DMC-FZ45
Type Large Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2020-01-17 2010-07-21
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 116.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 12500 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 25000 -
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 49 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-400mm (16.7x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,240 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Max silent shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m (with Auto ISO) 9.50 m
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, auto w/slow sync and redeye reduction, on, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
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 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 812 gr (1.79 pounds) 494 gr (1.09 pounds)
Physical dimensions 137 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") 120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 360 photos -
Battery form Built-in -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $1,550 $420