Leica V-Lux 4
- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Display
- ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
- 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
- Launched September 2012
- Old Model is Leica V-Lux 3
- New Model is Leica V-Lux 5
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Leica V-Lux 4 overview
Leica V-Lux 4 is Leica's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on September of 2012. The camera has a 12MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.
Leica brought out this camera as a way to upgrade the older Leica V-Lux 3 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently launched the updated Leica V-Lux 5 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.
The V-Lux 4 is ranked #39 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #478 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can try our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized requirements.
The following is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Leica V-Lux 4 family
The Leica V-Lux 4 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.
V-Lux 4 vs V-Lux 524-400mm
V-Lux 4 vs V-Lux 4024-480mm
V-Lux 4 vs V-Lux 325-600mm
V-Lux 4 vs V-Lux 3024-384mm
V-Lux 4 vs V-Lux 225-600mm
V-Lux 4 vs V-Lux 2025-300mm
Leica V-Lux 4 Gallery
You can look at the V-Lux 4 from several angles in the gallery below.
Leica V-Lux 4 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Leica V-Lux 4 based on features which are oftentimes seen as important in a camera.
Leica V-Lux 4 Sensor features
The size of the sensor on the Leica V-Lux 4 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a maximum of 6400. RAW photos are saved so the user has more margin for error.
The graphic underneath shows the V-Lux 4's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The V-Lux 4 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Leica V-Lux 4 dimensions
Leica V-Lux 4 weighs about 1.30 lbs (588g or 20.74 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Leica V-Lux 4 is weightier as compared with various competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Down below is a picture of the Leica V-Lux 4 next to a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the V-Lux 4.
Leica V-Lux 4 Lens features
The V-Lux 4 provides an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is significant and can enable you to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 which is very sluggish and not good in low light events and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to boost your ISO setting which results in noisy photographs.is amazing zoom and
Leica V-Lux 4 Connectivity
The V-Lux 4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and sometimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Leica V-Lux 4 Video features
The highest video quality on the Leica V-Lux 4 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance in quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. Although the body includes a mic jack, it is lacking a headphone jack so you won't have the ability to check your audio levels.
Leica V-Lux 4 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing in the Leica V-Lux 4 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.
Leica V-Lux 4 Display and Viewfinder
The Leica V-Lux 4 has a 3" fully articulated display having a resolution of 460k dots.
The display is selfie friendly to get self portraits and group photos if needed. Sadly the display is not a touch screen.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Leica V-Lux 4 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 1,312k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Leica V-Lux 4 Shutter features
Leica V-Lux 4 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Leica V-Lux 4 Flash and Hot shoe features
Leica V-Lux 4 includes both in-built flash and external flash ability.
Leica V-Lux 4 Autofocus features
Leica V-Lux 4 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect which is helpful for people photography.
The AF system has 23 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Leica V-Lux 4 comes with manual focus if required in low light conditions or you need to have more exact focus control.
Leica V-Lux 4 Battery life
The battery power in the Leica V-Lux 4 is made to last for 540 clicks as per the CIPA benchmarks which is higher than the usual in comparison to its class. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest (600) battery life in this type of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:
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Leica V-Lux 4 for specific styles of photography
The following graph presents a analysis of the Leica V-Lux 4 for specific styles of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography advice
The Leica V-Lux 4 has a score of 46 which is average, and means the camera is reasonably appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to work with external flash.
Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography factors
Having a reasonable points total of 57, the Leica V-Lux 4 is fairly acceptable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography details
A modest sports photography rating of 47 suggests the Leica V-Lux 4 is reasonably acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Leica V-Lux 4 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is super crucial in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Leica V-Lux 4 gets a decent 55 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat adequate for your trips.
Leica V-Lux 4 Landscape photography details
For those who are planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica V-Lux 4 at it's reasonable rating of 48 for a landscape camera is relatively suited amongst it's competitors.
Vlogging with Leica V-Lux 4
A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Leica V-Lux 4 is a fine option as a vlog camera as it receives a very good score of 63.
Leica V-Lux 4 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the V-Lux 4, here is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart down below gives you an overview of the V-Lux 4 compared to it's top rated competitors mentioned previously.
There are more cameras you might look at as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.