Leica V-Lux 40 20X Superzoom

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Unsurpassed as a Traveling Companion

Leica V-Lux 40 Superzoom Digital CameraThe Leica V-Lux 40 20X 14 megapixel superzoom compact has taken the most in demand features contained within pocket cameras and turned them into a Leica. This highly developed compact pocket camera features an unrestrained 14.1 megapixel resolution containing a newly re-engineered CMOS image sensor, 24-480mm (35mm equivalent full-frame format) ultra zoom 20x lens, along with 1920 x 1080 full HD video.

The Leica V-LUX 40 is as easy to operate as the most simple point & shoot compact camera, or it may be specifically be in command of the photographer, just like a Leica. Beginning with a genuine 24mm wide-angle at the wide portion of the zoom lens, you can continue on into wildlife photography territory with its extremely long 480mm zoom telephoto. Additionally, photographs may be produced in 3D using the camera.

As a traveling companion, the Leica V-LUX 40 is an unsurpassed compact, light form factor, with splendid still and movie images obtained at virtually all focal lengths, image stabilization and all the way up to ISO 3200 sensitivity for crisp pictures every time, on-board GPS plus detailed maps on the included DVD, its a machine that will save your memories. The improved AF speed (0.1 second) assures you will never miss a shot while waiting for camera response.

In the vein of all things Leica, the camera layout follows the form and function doctrine. It has also been ergonomically crafted - making it easy to use, a much valued aspect when at a party or on vacation. The camera controls are arranged in an easy to access manner, while the main mode dial is on top for quick and easy switching among various functions and manual mode. The video button is also at the top plate of the camera for faster access than on the previous version. Naturally most of the user-friendly options may be found on the display of the touch screen, allowing for intuitive navigation of the menu for capture, and playback.

The V-LUX is shipped with Photoshop Elements 10 along with Adobe Elements 10, which are user-friendly software packages that offer an array of modes to be used during post-processing. Premiere Adobe Elements 10 is for editing of video footage and Photoshop Elements 10 gives the user numerous useable image editing tools.

The extraordinary-quality of the Leica Vario DC Elmar Zoom Lens facilitates the use of a tremendous range of 35mm equivalent focal lengths ranging from 24 through 480mm for still and movie acquisition alike. For extremely wide-angle shots, macro photography to zooming in on far off subjects - the lens captures amazingly crisp images across the entirety of the wide-angle through telephoto range When photographing with the longer focal lengths or in low light, the optical image stabilization, for practical purposes prevents blurry and shaky photos. Adaptable use of the image sensor format assures full adaptation over the entire zoom extent from any aspect ratio, if set for 3:2, 4:3,16:9, or even 1:1 - May 10, 2012 - See Panasonic ZS-20 ✓

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4320 x 3240  
Other resolutions 4320 x 3240, 4320 x 2880, 4320 x 2432, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2056, 3232 x 3232,3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2736 x 2736, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2304 x 2304, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1920, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 14.1 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 15.3 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24 480 mm  
Optical zoom 20  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69")  
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18")  
Number of focus points 23  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 460,800  
Touch screen Yes  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F6.4  
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 6.4 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro  
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 12MB internal  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Type C)  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 210  
Weight (inc. batteries) 210 g (0.46 lb / 7.41 oz)  
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 28 mm (4.13 x 2.32 x 1.1")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS BuiltIn


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Leica V-Lux 40 20X 14MP compact superzoom Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5