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Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 14.1Mp Sensor
  • 3.0" Touchscreen LCD Display
  • 16x Leica DC-Vario-Elmar Zoom Lens
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 16x Optical Zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080/60i AVCHD Video Capture
  • 3D Photo Capture
  • Manual Setting Options
  • GPS Function

The Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera is a sophisticated pocket-camera, designed for those looking to go beyond the norm. Compact and simple though it may be, the V-LUX 30 certainly has a number of features, many of which cannot be matched by other cameras in this genre. To start, consider the 14.1Mp sensor. This is 14.1MP of actual resolution, not interpolated. Beautiful, detailed images are possible with the simplicity of what is generally considered a point-shoot-point.

Along with the impressive resolution of the camera, is the respectable lens. The Leica DC-Vario Elmar Lens is a high-quality zoom that has an equivalent focal length of a 24-384mm, available for use in both still and video capture. A range this wide means that extreme wide-angle and impressive telephoto images can be taken, not to mention macro capture. The lens also features a 16x optical zoom for non-distorted image quality, even when the frame is shot from extremely close-up.

Like all things Leica, this camera's design follows the principles of form and function. More than aesthetically pleasing, the camera is also ergonomically crafted - allowing for ease of use, a much appreciated aspect when on vacation or at a party; both of which are ideal times for the V-LUX 30 to shine. The controls of the camera are positioned in an easily accessible manner, with the mode dial on the camera's top plate for fast and simple switching between various modes and manual operation. The video release button is on the top of the camera as well for quicker access than on previous version of this camera. Of course, the 30's most user-friendly usage option might be the touchscreen display which allows for intuitive menu navigation, capture, and review.

As previously alluded, the V-LUX 30 is more than a still camera, it's also a video camera. The 1080i AVCHD movie function caters to those who crave video capture. Movies are not only recorded at this high resolution, they are also marked with GPS data for easy and useful archiving of files, and sharing on social media networks. It is also worth mentioning that the camera provides this GPS feature for still images as well. Additionally, along with storing location information in the EXIF data, the GPS feature also provides the user with other options. Some of these include access to one million points of interest, a display of all the sights in the immediate neighborhood where the user is shooting, and then some.

The V-LUX 30 comes with Adobe editing software. Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 are both user-friendly software options that provide a range of functions for the user in post-production. Premiere Elements 9 is used for editing video footage while Photoshop Elements 9 provides the user with a number of useful photo editing tools.

Leica DC-Vario Elmar Lens
The high-quality of this zoom lens enables the use of an enormous range of equivalent focal lengths from 24 to 384mm for both still and movie capture. For macro photography, extremely wide-angle views or zooming in on distant subjects - the V-LUX 30 capture amazingly sharp images across the entire wide-angle to telephoto range

When shooting with longer focal lengths (telephoto) or in poor light, optical image stabilization effectively prevents blurred and shaky pictures. Flexible use of the sensor format guarantees full accommodation of the entire zoom range (35mm equivalent: 24-384mm) in all possible image aspect ratios, no matter whether set for 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9. The maximum resolution of 14.1Mp is available for images shot with an aspect ratio of 4:3

Simple, Intuitive Handling
The ergonomically positioned and logically arranged control elements of the Leica V-LUX 30 ensure intuitive handling of the camera even by less-experience photographers. A wide range of automated functions ensures simple, straightforward operation in any situation. At the same time, manual setting options for apertures and shutter speeds provide greater creative scope for more-demanding users. The mode selection dial on the camera's top plate allows fast and simple switching between the various automatic modes and manual operation. In comparison to the V-LUX 20 model, the video release button has been moved on the top side of the camera and allows a faster switch into video mode. For enhanced user-friendliness, the V-LUX 30 features a touchscreen panel
Enhanced Versatility
The new burst shooting feature and 3D capability make the Lecia V-LUX 30 more versatile compared to its predecessor. The burst shooting speed at full resolution of 14.1Mp is an impressive 10 pictures/second while the high-speed mode can even offer 60 pictures/second at a resolution of 3.5Mp. Thus, the Leica V-LUX 30 records fast-moving subjects perfectly - ideal for fascinating pictures from the worlds of sport and animals.

The 3D feature guarantees spellbinding photos, as well. The camera combines two selected photos from a series, creates a 'stereo picture pair' and saves this as a 3D photo in MPO format. These pictures are compatible with all 3D screens available on the market

Touchscreen Monitor
The innovative touchscreen display offers a smooth and comfortable touch control. In addition to the usual button controls, various functions can be controlled by a fingertip. The touchscreen operation does not only work for shooting, but also for playback. Images can be enlarged and dragged across the screen with a finger to browse the collection of images just like turning the pages of a book. The 460,000 dots and the automatic brightness control provide particularly detailed images on the 3.0" LCD touch display
HD Video Recording
The 1080i AVCHD movie function is a welcome addition to the features of the Leica V-LUX 30 that makes it even more versatile. Movies are recorded in AVCHD HD format and tagged with GPS data. HD movie recording starts with the touch of a button on top of the camera. The intelligent, automatic system of the V-LUX 30 integrates all the essential functions such as face recognition, automatic scene mode selection and smart exposure for still and movie capture. It is possible to zoom while shooting movies across the entire 16x zoom range
GPS - Global Positioning System
This innovative feature records the geographical coordinates of the location and local time of every picture you shoot and stores this information in the EXIF data of the image files. This feature provides a variety of exciting options and benefits. When travelling with the V-LUX 30, it displays all the sights in the immediate neighborhood. In fact, it has access to a total of one million points of interest. In addition, the GPS feature is also very useful when archiving pictures and each picture can reveal exactly where it was shot on world maps published on social networks, image portals and map services like Google Maps or Google Earth. The time setting will be automatically registered via the GPS information
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9
The V-LUX 30 is supplied with a comprehensive suite of software. Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 provides users with a comprehensive and versatile image editing solution. The software offers a wide range of features as viewing, organization, administration and processing options for still images and video recordings. Also included is Adobe Premiere Elements 9, an easy-to-use package offering video processing for movies recorded by the V-LUX 30 in AVCHD format, and also enables the creation of professional audio and video effects. After completing the video, it can be prepared for presentation on the Web, DVD or other media with only a few mouse clicks
Scene Modes
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Party, Candlelight, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, High-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, Photo Frame, High-Speed Movie
Focusing Modes
The following focusing modes are available: Normal/macro, continuous focusing (on/off)
PictBridge Compatible
The V-LUX 30 features PictBridge for direct printing and viewing with compatible printers and other devices
Exposure Compensation
Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range +/-2 EV
Starry Sky Mode
Shutter speeds in Starry Sky mode include: 15, 30, and 60 seconds for extended exposures, perfect for capturing stars in all their glory
Still Photo Resolutions
16:9 format: 4320 x 2432, 3648 x 2056, 3072 x1728, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360
3:2 format: 4320 x 2880, 3648 x 2432, 3072 x2048, 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360, 640 x 424
4:3 format: 4320 x 3240, 3648 x 2736, 3072 x2304, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
1:1 format: 3232 x 3232, 2736 x 2736, 2304 x2304, 1920 x 1920, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480

3D Photo Function:
16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 (MPO format)

Imaging
Pixels Actual: 15.1 Megapixel
Effective: 14.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.33" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MJPEG, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmar, 12 elements in 10 groups
EFL: 4.3-68.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-384 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 5.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 16x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Normal: 19.7" (50.04 cm) - 39.3" (99.82 cm)
Macro: 1.2" (3.05 cm) - 39.3" (1.00 m)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-1600
Shutter 60 - 1/4000 seconds
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Halogen, Manual, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 2 fps at 14 MP for up to 100 frames
Up to 5 fps at 14 MP for up to 100 frames
Up to 10 fps at 15 MP for up to 14 frames
Up to 40 fps at 5 MP for up to 50 frames
Up to 60 fps at 3.5 MP for up to 60 frames
Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.97 - 16.40' (0.6 - 5.0 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 9.19' (1 - 2.8 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 18MB
Memory Card Type SD (up to 2GB)
SDHC (up to 32GB)
SDXC (up to 64GB)
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 60 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo 1
Please Note:

Stereo/mono audio

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Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Touchscreen (460,800 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
AV Output
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Power
Battery BP-DC 7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 895mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3" / 104.9 x 57.7 x 33.3 mm
Weight 7.72 oz / 219 g
Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera
  • Leica BC-DC 7 Battery Charger
  • Leica BP-DC 7 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Carrying Strap
  • A/V Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Touch Pen
  • CD with Long Instructions (PDF)
  • Printed Short Instruction Manuals
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    LeicaV-LUX 30 Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Compact (18)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
    • Good image quality (16)
    • Zoom range/performance (15)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (8)
    • Short battery life (8)
    • Poor flash (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (17)
    • Family photos (14)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Video (9)
    • Low light (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I Leica This Camera

    I have been a full time working photographer for 33 years. I have owned every camera imaginable as well as being a collector. I am very picky when it comes to any purchase especially...Read complete review

    I have been a full time working photographer for 33 years. I have owned every camera imaginable as well as being a collector. I am very picky when it comes to any purchase especially cameras and this has not disappointed me. User friendly including menu selections and all controls. Lens quality is excellent and the design of the camera itself is very Leica like. To this point I really do not have any real negative comments about the V-LUX 30. If you do purchase the camera get the brown leather case its beautiful!!!!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    V-LUX 30 Digital Camera by Leica

    the camera is very well designed, and nice to handle, almost ideal, except, when I loaded the images into the computer bring them into 1:1 , the image quality really disappoint...Read complete review

    the camera is very well designed, and nice to handle, almost ideal, except, when I loaded the images into the computer bring them into 1:1 , the image quality really disappoint me. the smudged pixels, like someone run a bad filters,the noises in the blue channel is so noticeable, not just in the low lighting situations, but even in the normal exposure is not acceptable.
    The highlights is too thin too.
    I am keep hope there is a way to improve the image quality, I tried run through Lightroon, but the images are not getting better.
    I got the The Lumx ZS10, has the same problem, I brought it right back,
    I had much a higher expectations for this camera.and hope the Leica will be the better, but the result is the same.

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    5.0

    Fabulous basic

    By cafb5177

    from NY, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

      I am a total amateur when it comes to photography and this fully automatic Leica gives me the stunning and inimitable light of the Leica without it being exorbitantly expensive.
      It comes with photoshop editor for it which is a total bonus. Really this camera is nearly the same as the Panasonoic Lumix, but the branding and benefits of the Leica are stunning and rewarding.
      Buy a spare battery- I just got a generic one since it is the back up but its useful to always have one handy to pop in and go or take as a spare on a weekender or long day of shooting.

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      5.0

      Compact and Awesome

      By Squid Kid

      from Bedford, TX

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

          This is the perfect camera for anyone who wants a small camera with the quality of DSLR cameras.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great Clarity

          By jlynn

          from Saline, MI

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            The pictures and zoom are tremendous. Used the camera for a trip to Hawaii. Just a bit of trouble using the view screen in bright sun.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Big features in small package

            By ASB

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            Nice camera with excellent features. Portable, fits in pocket, but still has many high end features with video. Now used as our travel camera.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Third Leica camera purchase.

            By JB

            from Lancaster, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor Flash

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            Portability with good picture quality. I like the long reach of the lens; however, handholding is a challenge. The vibration reduction is helpful. Decent build quality. Quick turn on and easy menu system. It has a lot of features geared for the amateur shooter plus the ability to shoot manual. Would like to override the auto-focus occasionally.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Leica products are unbeatable.

            By Joe facto

            from New York City

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Poor Flash
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            I'm an architect and carrying a pocket camera it's a must.
            The intuitive use and image quality makes this product an amazing tool for my profession.
            I really recommend this camera.

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            4.0

            wonderfull cmara

            By cmoyav

            from Mexico City

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Poor Flash

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            This is a expensive camara, but of course the pictures that you could obtain are priceless

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            GREAT LITTLE CAMERA

            By RICARDOO

            from MEXICO CITY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            WHAT'S GREAT:

            SIZE, ZOOM, BUILT, QUALITY OF PICTURES, PRICE VALUE

            WHAT'S NOT SO GREAT:

            NO VIEW FINDER

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A Real Handful

            By Raul

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

            It fit the bill perfectly for my travel photography. Where it really outshines my (now)backup camera is the zoom quality. Pricey, but worth it.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            great machine

            By sfs

            from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

              Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

              Use in laboratory environment. Superb optics and ease of use make a great investigative tool.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great things come in small packages

              By waytoxic

              from Lancaster, Ca

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No RAW recording format

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

              It is anything BUT a small point and shoot; it has more capability than my full size DSLR. After all, it's a Leica. The video recordings are sharp and can be zoomed while recording. The menu is intuitive and provides on screen descriptions. The 16X optical zoom is smooth, the GPS is totally automatic, face recognition is automatic, and the many scene modes do much of the work of PhotoShop in the camera. There are so many features that I may not ever lug my heavy DSLR around.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              1.0

              [*]

              By Tc

              from Sunshine Coast - Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                    My first Leica and I was really looking forward to owning and using a brand known for its quality.
                    Opening the box with excited fingers - first sight made me think a plastic replica had been sent by mistake.
                    Out of the box - what a disapointment - it felt and looked cheap.
                    No more Leicas for me.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great camera

                    By Wdphotosla

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good in Low Light

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        I had a canon s95 before. This camera has a lot more featured. They are burst rate is great , gps, points of intrest and ease of use.ibhad to print the direction off the disc to understand some of the special fetures fun camera to use

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Excellent Camera

                        By Tom

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        The size, weight, image quality and features are outstanding. The camera is well designed and functional. The zoom range is spectacular as is the large display. We shot a wedding (as guests) and took it on a road trip. In both cases the camera performed flawlessly.

                        The camera has two flaws in my opinion: 1) the battery depleats fairly quickly. We turned off the GPS, but it's still drained after a few hundred images. 2) No viewfinder. Neither of these is a big problem. We bought a spare battery and the viewfinder is only an issue in extreme lighting conditions.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Leica Lovin'

                        By Cochise

                        from Southern Utah

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        So far I love it. I need more time with it to improve my low light skills. I'm looking forward to a guide book to give me tips & tricks. Great zoom. Tripod really helps while zoomed out, otherwise it's pretty shakey. Small in size is nice. Camera is very light, I'd prefer a more sustantial feel like the D LUX 4 has. The light weight made me instantly think negative before I even used it. I have gotten some excellent shots and am excited to learn the camera better, especially in low light. GPS function is cool, but really drains the battery, I'm using airplane mode now and am getting better life from a charge.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Love the Leica

                        By Lisa

                        from Melbourne Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        This Camera is full of suprises i brought becase the states were good but there is useful functions everywhere on this little delight and the fact that it has a GPS is pretty cool too. If Leica keep making cameras like this i might say goodbye to Cannon!!!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        RETURN TO LEICA!

                        By Jrusty

                        from Springfield, OH

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Classy looking
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Feels good in my hands
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Really great colors
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • NOTHING YET

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Garden pictures
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Pet pictures
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        I was brought up with Leica cameras, M2,3,4 35mm. When photography went digital, I went with it because of the ease of use. I used the older Leica's less and less, because they were so heavy to carry I have been wanting to get a Leica, but really wanted a simple, compact yet flexible camera. When the V-LUX came out, I got interested. My son bought the V-LUX 20 and I was really impressed with his photos. So I did it, when the 30 was announced I made the plunge. It feels so good in my hands, the pictures are amazing, in auto mode. I am anxious to learn all the attributes of this fine machine. Thank you for asking.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Love it, but need to learn

                        By Lorealeica

                        from New York

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        I am an amateur photographer, my last camera was a Cannon G11 which I love, but this one is smaller and easier to carry. I have taken a few sets and I like the results. I still need to learn to use the more advanced settings, I planned to do that with the G11 but it takes such great pictures in automatic I never really got to it. It is like a little gem.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        I upgraded and VERY happy!

                        By Mixcom

                        from New York City

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay
                        • No Viewfinder
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        I work in media and entertainment so I'm always on the go. I shoot as a hobby and while I would love an SLR I often just don't have room to carry one along. I had the V-Lux 20 and find the 30 a noticeable improvement for stills and video. The CMOS sensor delivers very clear and naturally colorful shots. I find the focus faster and overall better performance in low light than the 20. I've noticed a less battery life (so I keep the GPS off) and the new touch screen feature can be a little awkward. But overall I'm happy I made a trade towards the VLux 30 at B&H! This little camera is quite a bit of power in my pocket!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 7
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        2.0

                        V-LUX 30 Digital Camera by Leica

                        By Sue the Perfection seeker

                        from San Francisco, Ca.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Stabilization

                        Cons

                        • Poor Image Quality
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera:

                        the camera is very well designed, and nice to handle, almost ideal, except, when I loaded the images into the computer bring them into 1:1 , the image quality really disappoint me. the smudged pixels, like someone run a bad filters,the noises in the blue channel is so noticeable, not just in the low lighting situations, but even in the normal exposure is not acceptable.
                        The highlights is too thin too.
                        I am keep hope there is a way to improve the image quality, I tried run through Lightroon, but the images are not getting better.
                        I got the The Lumx ZS10, has the same problem, I brought it right back,
                        I had much a higher expectations for this camera.and hope the Leica will be the better, but the result is the same.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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