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Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.1MP 24x CMOS Jan 2012
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With a Leica V-Lux 3, your creative freedom is boundless. Its 24 super-telephoto zoom makes capturing sweeping landscapes just as easy as bringing even the smallest details into the foreground.... More
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15 Reasons For

Leica Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 223 expert and user reviews, Leica has good reviews for its digital cameras. Leica also has good reviews specifically within its MILC cameras range.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the V-lux 3, the Leica V-lux 3 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon 1 V1 ($402.86), or the Pentax K-01 ($553.99) which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the V-lux 3, the Leica V-lux 3 supports Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the 1 V1 ($402.86), and the 1 J3 ($94.95) both from Nikon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-G6 ($546.95), or the Lumix DMC-GX7 ($559.95) both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 V1 ($402.86).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1 ($402.86), the Leica M ($170.00), or the Samsung NX2000.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Leica V-lux 3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Leica digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Leica camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly High Maximum Playback Zoom

The average maximum playback zoom of cameras of a similar age and type to the V-lux 3 is 14x. The V-lux 3 has one of the higher maximum playback zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the V-lux 3 is more than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to the V-lux 3. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Leica camera.

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410 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Leica V-lux 3 is a camera that takes 410 shots shots per battery charge.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240|640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on digital cameras of this spec and age. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The V-lux 3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by cameras of this age and type. The ISO speeds "100", "400", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports an AVCHD|H.264|M-JPEG|MP4 video format, which is typical of many MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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TFT Display

The V-lux 3 has a better display than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all MILC cameras that are a similar age to the V-lux 3 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on MILC cameras that are a similar age to it.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras that are a similar age to the V-lux 3 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Leica V-lux 3 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Leica V-lux 3 does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the V-lux 3 also do not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support video recording including the Nikon 1 V1 ($402.86), or the Sigma DP2 Merrill ($899.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The V-lux 3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the V-lux 3, the Leica V-lux 3 does not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS including the Galaxy NX, or the NX1100 ($359.99) both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the V-lux 3 are not waterproof. The Leica V-lux 3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The V-lux 3 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 12.1 megapixels, the V-lux 3 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the V-lux 3. The lowest megapixel count of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 17MP.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Olympus PEN E-PM1 (12.3MP and higher rated).

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The V-lux 3 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the V-lux 3. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Pre-flash" are also featured on this Leica camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The V-lux 3 has a fairly few total megapixel count (only 12.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the V-lux 3 have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 48MP.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The V-lux 3 has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

This digital camera's image resolution (4000 x 3000 pixels) is in fact the worst image resolution amongst all MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the V-lux 3.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the best image resolution is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The V-lux 3 has a quite small battery capacity (only 895 milliamperes * hour) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the V-lux 3. Digital cameras of this type and age have battery capacities of between 680mAh and 4,400mAh.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have maximum ISO speeds of between 1,600 and 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 25,000. At only 3,200, the Leica V-lux 3 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the V-lux 3.

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Heavy

Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have weights of between 70g and 680g. The Leica V-lux 3 is fairly heavy (540 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the V-lux 3 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.25s and 240s. The Leica V-lux 3 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed (only 15 seconds) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Very Thick

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the V-lux 3, the V-lux 3's depth of 95 millimeters is one of the thickest. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the depths range from 22mm to 95mm, and the average depth is 44mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Leica V-lux 3

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Leica V-lux 3 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1 ($402.86), the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($561.94), or the Pentax Q7 ($708.99).

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the NX300M ($597.84) (3.31"), or the NX300 ($657.68) (3.31") both from Samsung or the Leica T (Typ 701) ($1,281.99) (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this MILC digital camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The V-lux 3 has a pretty typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the V-lux 3.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax Q10 ($205.04), and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) is also worth considering.

If this MILC digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony ILCE-7 ($1,099.99) (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Connection
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Camera File System
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Other Features
Weight
Dimension
Video Out Port
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port

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