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Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.1MP 24x CMOS Jan 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
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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Leica Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

MILC cameras built by Leica have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just MILC cameras) and found that Leica also has good reviews across its entire range.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Leica V-Lux 3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the V-Lux 3.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price], or the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the V-Lux 3 has a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price], or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many 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 also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price], the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price], or the Leica M[plb_2212774_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this MILC digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The V-Lux 3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Leica digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the V-Lux 3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Stereo Audio System

This camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly High Playback Zoom (max)

With a playback zoom (max) of 24 times zoom factor, the Leica V-Lux 3 has one of the higher playback zoom (max)s amongst MILC cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the V-Lux 3 the playback zoom (max)s range from 1.1x to 39x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 16x.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the V-Lux 3 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras of a similar spec and age to the V-Lux 3. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Leica camera.

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410 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Leica V-Lux 3 is a digital camera that takes 410 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras of this age and type take between 220 and 539 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Leica V-Lux 3 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the V-Lux 3 still image resolution(s)s range from 1024 x 768 to 6000 x 4000.

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Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The V-Lux 3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of this age and spec. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "400", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this Leica digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240|640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. 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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TFT Display

The Leica V-Lux 3 has a TFT display which is better than most MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most 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. The worst display of all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the V-Lux 3 is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The number of power sources supported by the V-Lux 3 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to the V-Lux 3. The power source type "USB" is also supported by this Leica digital camera.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The V-Lux 3 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi which you might also want to consider including the Sony Alpha A5100L[plb_2421454_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support video capability. The V-Lux 3 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

Alternative cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider include the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The V-Lux 3 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the V-Lux 3 are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Sony NEX-7[plb_1612397_price], or the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Leica V-Lux 3 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at include the 20[pl_2083247_price], or the NX1100[pl_2088336_price] both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the V-Lux 3, the V-Lux 3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the V-Lux 3 do not have an image stabilizer. The V-Lux 3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The V-Lux 3 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The megapixels of cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 2.3MP to 46MP.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 12.1MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price].

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Sony Alpha A7S[plb_2265715_price] (12.2MP).

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the V-Lux 3 is more than most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. This Leica digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Pre-flash" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The average total megapixels of similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the V-Lux 3 is 19MP. The V-Lux 3 has a quite few total megapixels (only 12.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the V-Lux 3.

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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 most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution amongst all cameras of this type and age.

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

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacitys of cameras of this type and age range from 680mAh to 4,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,300mAh. At only 895 milliamperes * hour, the V-Lux 3 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Cameras that were launched around the same time as the V-Lux 3 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 410,000. The V-Lux 3 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s (only 3,200) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Heavy

The Leica V-Lux 3 is quite heavy (540 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the V-Lux 3. The lightest camera that was released around the same time as the V-Lux 3 is 70g , the heaviest is 680g, and the average weight is 330g.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 15 seconds, the V-Lux 3 has a very short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the V-Lux 3. The slowest camera shutter speeds of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 4s to 240s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 42s.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Leica V-Lux 3

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the V-Lux 3 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V2[plb_1822232_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31" and higher rated), the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31" and higher rated), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7" and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

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

Average Digital Zoom

The V-Lux 3 has a relatively standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], and the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

If this Leica camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Alpha A5100[pl_2417436_price] (8x), or the Alpha A5100L[pl_2421454_price] (8x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price], and the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus SP-810UZ[plb_1058012_price] (CCD), or the Leica M Monochrom[plb_1983444_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
External Flash Connector
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Optional Connectivity
AV Output
Connection to PC
HDMI
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Playback Zoom (max)
Camera File System
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Face Detection
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Connectors
Manual Focus

Expert Reviews

27 December 2013

Kompaktkameras gibt es viele. Zu Preisen unter 50 bis weit über 500 Euro...

Impressive lens quality
Nice design, pleasant to handle, easy to use
Picture quality
ISO settings handled well, good lens
Good Full HD video mode with stereo sound
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Steve Baczewski When Steve was young, he was struck by the work of Richard Avedon
Cartier Bresson, and Eugene Smith
He writes and teaches about both traditional and digital fine arts photography
Poorquality electronic viewfinder

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