Leica V-Lux 20 summary
Leica V-Lux 20 is Leica's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally revealed on April of 2010. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The V-Lux 20 is scored #224 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #980 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal criteria.
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Leica V-Lux 20 history
The Leica V-Lux 20 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete range below.
Leica V-Lux 20 Gallery
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Leica V-Lux 20 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Leica V-Lux 20 based on criterias that are often regarded as important in a digital camera.
Leica V-Lux 20 Sensor info
The dimension of the sensor on the Leica V-Lux 20 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below shows the V-Lux 20's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The V-Lux 20 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Leica V-Lux 20 dimensions
Leica V-Lux 20 has a weight of 0.48 lbs (218g or 7.69 ounces) and features outer measurements of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Leica V-Lux 20 is less heavy compared with various competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Listed below is a visual of the Leica V-Lux 20 besides a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button layout on the V-Lux 20.
Leica V-Lux 20 Lens info
The V-Lux 20 provides a built-in lens and a focal range of 25-300mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which isn't really great nevertheless it will definitely be valuable in a few circumstances.
At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.3 and that is quite slow and not the best in low light situations and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise the ISO which results in noisy shots. For the tele end, 300mm is superb zoom and comes to f4.9 which is really slow and you may need to go with slower shutter speeds.
Leica V-Lux 20 Connectivity
The V-Lux 20 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy images and at times adjust settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Leica V-Lux 20 Video info
The highest possible video resolution on the Leica V-Lux 20 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket so you get no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative camera in case you want decent sound in your videos.
Leica V-Lux 20 Weather Sealing
Leica V-Lux 20 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions can easily ruin the camera.
Leica V-Lux 20 Screen and Viewfinder
The Leica V-Lux 20 is equipped with a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 461k dots.
Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder details regarding Leica V-Lux 20 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Leica V-Lux 20 Shutter info
Leica V-Lux 20 continuous shooting speed is 2.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Leica V-Lux 20 Flash and Hot shoe info
Leica V-Lux 20 has got only integrated flash with missing external flash support.
Leica V-Lux 20 Autofocusing info
Leica V-Lux 20 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact compared with Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system supports 11 focus points to pick from. Leica V-Lux 20 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful for low light situations or you require more exact control on focusing.
Leica V-Lux 20 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the best (600) battery life for this range of cameras.
Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the best battery life:
Leica V-Lux 20 for varying types of photography
The following bar chart shows a rundown of the Leica V-Lux 20 for varying types of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Leica V-Lux 20 Portrait photography details
The Leica V-Lux 20 receives a points total of 21 which is low, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support plus the flexibility to use external lighting.
Leica V-Lux 20 Street photography information
With a very good score of 61, the Leica V-Lux 20 is a fine option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Leica V-Lux 20 Sports photography advice
A low sports photography points total of 28 suggests the Leica V-Lux 20 is not really very good for photographing sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Leica V-Lux 20
Size is super important when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Leica V-Lux 20 gets a nice 63 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to purchase for your holidays.
Leica V-Lux 20 Landscape photography highlights
If you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica V-Lux 20 and it's low score of 38 as a landscape camera is not really very good within the current market.
Leica V-Lux 20 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Leica V-Lux 20 is not really very good for vlogging as it delivers a low score of 30.
Leica V-Lux 20 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the V-Lux 20, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph here provides you an overview of the V-Lux 20 compared to it's top scoring competitors listed above.
Following are several cameras you may look into as alternative options. To read a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.