Leica V-Lux 2

 
Leica V-Lux 2 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 520g - 124 x 80 x 95mm
  • Launched September 2010
  • Replacement is Leica V-Lux 3
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
67
Imaging
38
Features
52
Overall
43

Leica V-Lux 2 summary

Leica V-Lux 2 is Leica's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally launched on September of 2010. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

Leica introduced the fresher Leica V-Lux 3 (Read Full Comparison) to update this camera.

The V-Lux 2 is rated #103 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #582 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Leica V-Lux 2 family

The Leica V-Lux 2 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can discover all older and the latest models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-V-Lux-5 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 5
V-Lux 2 vs V-Lux 5
24-400mm
F2.8-4
20MP1"2020
Leica-V-Lux-4 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 4
V-Lux 2 vs V-Lux 4
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Leica-V-Lux-40 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 40
V-Lux 2 vs V-Lux 40
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
Leica-V-Lux-3 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 3
V-Lux 2 vs V-Lux 3
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2011
Leica-V-Lux-30 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 30
V-Lux 2 vs V-Lux 30
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Leica-V-Lux-2 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 225-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Leica-V-Lux-20 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 20
V-Lux 2 vs V-Lux 20
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2010

Leica V-Lux 2 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Leica V-Lux 2 based on criterias that are often considered important in a camera.

excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (25mm)
flash built-in
good resolution (14MP)
great reach (600mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI port
nice screen size (3 inches)
screen articulates
selfie friendly display
supports RAW formats
very good minimum ISO (100)
you can focus manually
doesn't have external microphone port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have Timelapse mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.2)
more heavy than competition (520 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Leica V-Lux 2 Sensor specs

The measurement of the sensor on the Leica V-Lux 2 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 14MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW files are supported therefore the user has more margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the V-Lux 2's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The V-Lux 2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica V-Lux 2 dimensions

Leica V-Lux 2 weighs about 1.15 lbs (520 gr or 18.34 oz) and features outer measurements of 124mm x 80mm x 95mm (4.9" x 3.1" x 3.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Leica V-Lux 2 is weightier as compared with other competitors.

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The following is a visual of the Leica V-Lux 2 next to a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Leica V-Lux 2 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button arrangement on the V-Lux 2.

Leica V-Lux 2 topview buttons dials

Leica V-Lux 2 Lens details

The V-Lux 2 has a built-in lens having a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is very good and will allow you to zoom right in.

At it's widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 making it pretty sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to raise your ISO which causes noisy pictures. For the long end, 600mm is superb zoom and comes at f5.2 which is very slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Leica V-Lux 2 Connectivity

The V-Lux 2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and oftentimes change settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Leica V-Lux 2 Video details

The max video resolution on the Leica V-Lux 2 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in AVCHD Lite format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should strive for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find an alternative camera in case you want good sound in your video clips.

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Leica V-Lux 2 Weather Sealing

Leica V-Lux 2 does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can damage the camera.

Leica V-Lux 2 Display and Viewfinder

The Leica V-Lux 2 features a 3" fully articulated display screen having a resolution of 460k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to get self portraits and even group photos if required. Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Leica V-Lux 2 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be very helpful.

Leica V-Lux 2 Shutter details

Leica V-Lux 2 continuous shooting speed is 11.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Leica V-Lux 2 Flash and Hot shoe details

Leica V-Lux 2 includes both built-in flash plus external flash support.

Leica V-Lux 2 Autofocusing details

Leica V-Lux 2 includes only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing.

Leica V-Lux 2 comes with manual focusing when required for low light scenarios or you want more accurate focusing control.

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Leica V-Lux 2 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the best battery life:

Leica V-Lux 2 for various kinds of photography

The following illustration indicates a summary of the Leica V-Lux 2 for various kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Leica V-Lux 2 Portrait photography info

The Leica V-Lux 2 has a rating of 52 which is reasonable, and means the camera is reasonably acceptable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")

Street photography with Leica V-Lux 2

Coming in at a average points tally of 58, the Leica V-Lux 2 is reasonably acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competitors (520g)

Leica V-Lux 2 Sports photography highlights

A reasonable sports photography points total of 49 suggests the Leica V-Lux 2 is reasonably appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Leica V-Lux 2 Travel photography info

Weight is pretty important in selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Leica V-Lux 2 gets a decent 59 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat appropriate to buy for your holidays.

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decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (520g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Leica V-Lux 2 Landscape photography features

For those who are looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Leica V-Lux 2 with it's decent grade of 51 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate within the current market.

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focusing manually
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse recording

Leica V-Lux 2 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Leica V-Lux 2 is somewhat suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a reasonable score of 51.

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relatively wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic support
heavier than others (520 grams)

Leica V-Lux 2 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the V-Lux 2, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart down below gives you an overview of the V-Lux 2 versus it's highest rated competitors shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Leica
Model type
Leica V-Lux 2
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2010-09-21
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW photos
Max native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-600mm (24.0x)
Max aperture
f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
9.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
AVCHD Lite
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
520 grams (1.15 pounds)
Physical dimensions
124 x 80 x 95mm (4.9" x 3.1" x 3.7")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Price at release
$1,000