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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV

Portability
55
Imaging
56
Features
80
Overall
65
Leica V-Lux 5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV front
Portability
52
Imaging
55
Features
82
Overall
65

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 5
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • 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
  • Announced January 2020
  • Succeeded the Leica V-Lux 4
Sony RX10 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1095g - 133 x 94 x 145mm
  • Launched September 2017
  • Previous Model is Sony RX10 III
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV Overview

The following is a in-depth overview of the Leica V-Lux 5 versus Sony RX10 IV, both Large Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Leica and Sony. The resolution of the V-Lux 5 (20MP) and the RX10 IV (20MP) is pretty close and they possess the exact same sensor measurements (1").

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The V-Lux 5 was revealed 2 years after the RX10 IV which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before delving through a complete comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the V-Lux 5 grades versus the RX10 IV with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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

 V-Lux 5 RX10 IV 
LaunchedJanuary 2020September 2017Newer by 29 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

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

 RX10 IV V-Lux 5 
Screen resolution1440k1240kSharper screen (+200k dot)

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

 V-Lux 5 RX10 IV 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and size. The Leica V-Lux 5 features external 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) while the Sony RX10 IV has specifications of 133mm x 94mm x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7") with a weight of 1095 grams (2.41 lbs).

Compare the Leica V-Lux 5 versus Sony RX10 IV in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is the front view size comparison of the V-Lux 5 versus the RX10 IV.

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 5 and RX10 IV is 55 and 52 respectively.

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

Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by viewing technical specs. The pic underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the V-Lux 5 and RX10 IV.

As you have seen, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos although you might want to take the launch date of the cameras into account. The newer V-Lux 5 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

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

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

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

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Portrait photography details
Sony RX10 IV Portrait photography details
73
manual focus
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
features face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
73
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
MP count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Street photography advice
Sony RX10 IV Street photography advice
71
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
supports focus by touch
65
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW formats
features focus by touch
weather sealing
more heavy than competition (1,095 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Sports photography features
Sony RX10 IV Sports photography features
70
long zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 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
lacks phase detect auto focus
77
great zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high frames per second (24.0 fps)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes tracking focus
weather sealing
supports phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Travel photography advice
Sony RX10 IV Travel photography advice
64
supports bluetooth
supports focus by touch
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
rather wide (24mm)
long reach (400mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
slow max aperture (f2.8)
57
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (600mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (1,095 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Landscape photography information
Sony RX10 IV Landscape photography information
62
manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
63
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 5 Vlogging information
Sony RX10 IV Vlogging information
68
rather wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
slow max aperture (f2.8)
29
quite wide (24mm)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with microphone socket
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.4)
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (1,095 grams)
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Leica V-Lux 5 vs Sony RX10 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 5 and Sony RX10 IV
 Leica V-Lux 5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
General Information
Brand Name Leica Sony
Model type Leica V-Lux 5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Category Large Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2020-01-17 2017-09-12
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
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
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 12500 12800
Max boosted ISO 25000 25600
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 315
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-400mm (16.7x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,240k dots 1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames per sec 24.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 13.50 m (with Auto ISO) 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes 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
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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 data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 812 gr (1.79 pounds) 1095 gr (2.41 pounds)
Dimensions 137 x 97 x 132mm (5.4" x 3.8" x 5.2") 133 x 94 x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7")
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 pictures 400 pictures
Battery type Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Price at launch $1,550 $1,698