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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III

Portability
55
Imaging
55
Features
80
Overall
65
Leica V-Lux 5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III front
Portability
53
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 12500 (Push to 25000)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-400mm (F2.8-4) lens
  • 812g - 137 x 97 x 132mm
  • Revealed January 2020
  • Succeeded the Leica V-Lux 4
Sony RX10 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1051g - 133 x 94 x 127mm
  • Revealed March 2016
  • Earlier Model is Sony RX10 II
  • Later Model is Sony RX10 IV
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Overview

Here, we are matching up the Leica V-Lux 5 and Sony RX10 III, both Large Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Leica and Sony. The image resolution of the V-Lux 5 (20MP) and the RX10 III (20MP) is very comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1").

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The V-Lux 5 was launched 3 years later than the RX10 III and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before delving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short view of how the V-Lux 5 scores versus the RX10 III with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 5 over the Sony RX10 III

 V-Lux 5 RX10 III 
RevealedJanuary 2020March 2016More recent by 47 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1240k1229kClearer display (+11k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 III over the Leica V-Lux 5

 RX10 III V-Lux 5 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 5 and Sony RX10 III

 V-Lux 5 RX10 III 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display size3"3"Same display sizing

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Leica V-Lux 5 features exterior measurements 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 Sony RX10 III has measurements of 133mm x 94mm x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0") with a weight of 1051 grams (2.32 lbs).

Contrast the Leica V-Lux 5 and Sony RX10 III in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you choose during that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the V-Lux 5 vs the RX10 III.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 5 and RX10 III is 55 and 53 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to picture the difference in sensor measurements just by checking out specifications. The photograph below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the V-Lux 5 and RX10 III.

To sum up, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same exact megapixels therefore you can expect comparable quality of pictures though you might want to take the age of the cameras into account. The more recent V-Lux 5 should have an edge in sensor innovation.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX10 III as a Portrait photography camera
73
focusing manually
MP count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
features face detect focusing
exports RAW files
71
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Street photography factors
Sony RX10 III Street photography factors
71
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW files
comes with focus via touch
64
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
environment sealing
heavier than competition in class (1,051 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Sports photography details
Sony RX10 III Sports photography details
70
amazing zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
features tracking focus
has no phase detect AF
70
excellent zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
includes tracking autofocus
environment sealing
great battery pack (420 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Leica V-Lux 5
Travel photography with Sony RX10 III
64
supports bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (24mm)
long zoom (400mm)
no Time Lapse mode
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
55
great battery pack (420 per charge)
environment sealing
good megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (1,051g)
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Landscape photography features
Sony RX10 III Landscape photography features
62
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no Time Lapse mode
64
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
supports RAW files
environment sealing
great battery pack (420 per charge)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Vlogging advice
Sony RX10 III Vlogging advice
68
fairly wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have mic socket
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
28
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic support
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
does not offer selfie friendly display
heavier than competition in class (1,051 grams)
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 5 and Sony RX10 III
 Leica V-Lux 5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
General Information
Brand Leica Sony
Model Leica V-Lux 5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2020-01-17 2016-03-29
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 12500 12800
Max enhanced ISO 25000 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Lowest enhanced ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 49 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-400mm (16.7x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,240 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000s 1/32000s
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s 14.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m (with Auto ISO) 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, auto w/slow sync and redeye reduction, on, off Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
External flash
AE 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, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 812 gr (1.79 lb) 1051 gr (2.32 lb)
Physical dimensions 137 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") 133 x 94 x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 472
Other
Battery life 360 shots 420 shots
Battery style Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $1,550 $1,398