Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • Improved 14.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" Touchscreen LCD Display
  • 20x Leica DC Vario-Elmar Zoom Lens
  • Increased AF Speed--0.1 Second
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920x1080 AVCHD Video, Can Save in MP4
  • 3D Photo Capture
  • Shoot Up to 10 fps at Full Resolution
  • GPS, DVD With Detailed Maps
  • Photoshop Elements/Premiere Elements Inc

Leica's V-LUX 40 Digital Camera takes the most popular features in pocket cameras and makes a Leica out of them. This sophisticated pocket camera has an expansive 14.1MP resolution with a newly re-designed CMOS sensor, a 24-480mm (equivalent in full-frame format) 20x ultra zoom lens, and full 1920 x 1080 HD video.

The V-LUX 40 can be operated as easily as the simplest point and shoot camera, or it can be precisely controlled by the photographer--like a Leica. Starting with a true wide-angle 24mm at the wide end of the zoom, you can move out into wildlife photographer territory with an extremely long 480mm telephoto. In addition, 3D photographs can be produced with the V-LUX 40.

As a travel camera, the V-LUX 40 is unsurpassed: a compact, lightweight form factor, superb still and video images at virtually any focal length, image stabilization and up to 3200 ISO sensitivity for clear photos every time, built-in GPS and detailed maps on an included DVD--this a camera that will capture the memories for you. The upgraded autofocus speed (0.1 second) will make sure you don't miss a shot waiting for the camera to respond.

Like all things Leica, this camera's design follows the principles of form and function. The camera is also ergonomically crafted - allowing for ease of use, a much appreciated aspect when on vacation or at a party. 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 40's most user-friendly usage option might be the touchscreen display which allows for intuitive menu navigation, capture, and review.

The V-LUX 40 comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10--user-friendly software options that provide a range of functions for the user in post-production. Premiere Elements 10 is used for editing video footage while Photoshop Elements 10 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 480mm for both still and movie capture. For macro photography, extremely wide-angle views or zooming in on distant subjects - the V-LUX 40 captures 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 in any aspect ratio, whether set for 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1.

Simple, Intuitive Handling
The ergonomically positioned and logically arranged control elements of the Leica V-LUX 40 ensure intuitive handling of the camera even by less-experienced 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. For enhanced user-friendliness, the V-LUX 40 features a touchscreen panel
Enhanced Versatility
The new burst shooting feature and 3D capability make the Lecia V-LUX 40 even more versatile. 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 40 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 460,800 dots and the automatic brightness control provide particularly detailed images on the 3.0" LCD touch display
HD Video Recording
1920 x 1080p AVCHD 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 40 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 20x zoom range. The Internet-friendly MP4 storage format is also available.
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 40, 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. An included DVD supplies detailed maps.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10
The V-LUX 40 is supplied with a comprehensive suite of software. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 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 10, an easy-to-use package offering video processing for movies recorded by the V-LUX 40 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, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., Glass Through, High Speed Video
Focusing Modes
The following focusing modes are available: Normal/macro
Exposure Compensation
Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range +/-2 EV
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: 15.3 Megapixel
Effective: 14.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.33" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Max Resolution 14MP: 4320 x 3240
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmar, 12 elements in 10 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 4.3-86 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-480 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 6.4 (T)
Zoom Optical: 20x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Normal: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 1.18" (3 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-3200
Shutter 15 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Halogen, Manual, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 14 MP for up to 10 frames
Up to 5 fps at 14 MP for up to 100 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 Sec, 10 Sec
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.97 - 21.00' (0.6 - 6.4 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 10.83' (1.0 - 3.3 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 12MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3" LCD Touchscreen (460,800 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Power
Battery BP-DC7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 895mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3" / 10.4 x 5.8 x 3.3 cm
Weight 7.41 oz / 210 g With memory card and battery
Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera
  • BP-DC 7 U Lithium-Ion Battery For V-LUX 30 / 40 (3.6V, 895mAh)
  • Carrying Strap
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AC Camera Charger
  • Software DVDs
  • CD With Long Instructions (PDF)
  • Printed Short Instruction Manuals
  • DVD With Detailed Maps
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    LeicaV-LUX 40 Digital Camera
     
    4.7

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (30)
    • Zoom range/performance (30)
    • Easy to use (28)
    • Compact (27)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (8)
    • No viewfinder (6)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (29)
    • Family photos (25)
    • Landscape/scenery (23)
    • Wildlife (18)
    • Low light (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Pocket Camera

    Use is for hobby photography. Small size is handy; it fits a shirt pocket easily.
    Photo quality is excellent. It compares well to my Nikon D90.
    Finding a subject in the...Read complete review

    Use is for hobby photography. Small size is handy; it fits a shirt pocket easily.
    Photo quality is excellent. It compares well to my Nikon D90.
    Finding a subject in the view screen, in bright light, is a bit unnerving. (I'm over 70) I do miss a view finder, but that would make the camera bigger.
    It may take me a while to remember where things are in the menus; there are so many. But, they are fairly easy to manipulate. Over all, I like the camera, especially for quick shoots that don't need a larger format.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very Dissappointed

    Bought this because of it's size, went on a weekend trip, pictures were terrible. My wife had her Lumix camera for 1/3rd the price and the pictures were far better. (really...Read complete review

    Bought this because of it's size, went on a weekend trip, pictures were terrible. My wife had her Lumix camera for 1/3rd the price and the pictures were far better. (really the same mfg). I guess it's back to the D90 cause this goes back.

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    5.0

    Amazing camer!

    By Kim the Traveller

    from New York, New York

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

      I travel a lot for my work to some off-the-beaten path locations. As a woman, I sometimes felt with my old Nikon and a bag full of lenses that I was a target. With my Leica, I now get amazing quality images with just a little point and shoot! It was the most expensive point and shoot I have ever bought, but TOTALLY worth it. Great quality, great warrenty and easy to carry around.

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

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      5.0

      Great travel camera

      By Jan-Erik

      from Paris, France

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lens cover

      Best Uses

        Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

        Use it whenever the dslr' are too big
        Full functionality of dslr in a compact housing with great optics
        Only fragile thing: the lens cover

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

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        5.0

        Gfar exceeded all my expectations

        By JIMELP

        from EL PASO,TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Expected Leica Quality An
        • 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

        • Only With Gps
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

        Leica quality immediately noticed. Every feature of this camera was extremely user friendly. Anyone want a one user M-3?

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

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        5.0

        Best point and shoot I have ever used .

        By John

        from Brooklyn New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

        I have been using a D90 , for most of my shooting . I got this camera for it`s size , and for the 20x zoom . I used it for family photographs and they all came out wonderful!!!!

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

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        4.0

        Great Camera

        By ahmet

        from new york

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

          Great & slick camera, very easy to use. I bought it particularly because of its extensive zooming ability compared to other cameras within the similar price range.

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

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          1.0

          Very Dissappointed

          By dealpro

          from West Chester, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

            Bought this because of it's size, went on a weekend trip, pictures were terrible. My wife had her Lumix camera for 1/3rd the price and the pictures were far better. (really the same mfg). I guess it's back to the D90 cause this goes back.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Leica P&S Shines

            By GLS

            from Jacksonville, FL

            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 Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

            A very versatile camera with excellent HD Video and sound as well as GPS for pix. also ordered a Panasonic DMC-ZS20 for our daughter and it sure looks, feels and produces just V-Lux 40 at about 65% less than the Leica. Since we bought them at the same time, will be interesting to compare over time. I always wanted a Leica P&S so am very satisfied with the purchase.

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

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By Ken

            from New Jersey

            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

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

              Great camera. The pics are extremely clear with great contrast and colors. This camera is really good in low light. I have been taking pictures indoors with no flash, and with the image stabilization, the pics are really good. With the higher ISO settings 1600-3200, the pics still look great with not much noise. The zoom is great as well. Buy the camera, you will not be disappointed.

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

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              5.0

              Awesome camera

              By Ken

              from New Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                This is a great camera. The wide angle to 20x zoom is great. The image quality is outstanding. I don't feel the need to carry the big DSLR unless I am using filters. I have taken great indoor images without any flash and the images are wonderful. The low light capability with the image stabilization makes this a very capable camera. Buy it, you will not be dissapointed.

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

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                5.0

                V Lux 40 vs D Lux 6

                By Helmut

                from Miami, FL, USA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Fast Sensor
                • Feels And Looks Great
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Simple And Yet Sophistica
                • Small / Compact
                • Unique Leica Picture Qual
                • Usefull Telescop

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Close up photography
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I very much like the V Lux 40. With its features it makes for a great travel camera. It is also a great improvement over the V Lux 20 that I have used extensively. Its picture quality has been very acceptable for my purposes. However, I like to do a lot of close-up photography and found that with the D Lux 5 I purchased some 12 months ago my photos were astonishingly good so much so that in their detail they surpassed the photos of a variety of digital cameras of my friends.With the new D Lux 6 coming out which has a small tele, is extremely fast and has also an electronic viewfinder to attach, I decided to exchange my purchase of the V Lux 40 for a D Lux 6. I believe that this camera could also serve my daughter well at least as a (lightweigt) backup for Wedding and Event Photograpy especially since both of us work our photos over with Adobe Photoshop. Right now I am extremely happy of having made that switch. The camera feels and looks great and with its manual features I will go more into photography without the pain of the old 35 mm film days. If I had the money I would have kept the V Lux 40 as well exactly for what it is designed for: a travel camera. The first time ever I saw today a line-up of Leica cameras as an ad in the Wall Street Journal. It looks to me Leica has now solidly joint the 21st century and I expect that with their outstanding engineering skills and demanding workmanship LEICA will come out with ever better products. To choose a Leica over any other brand would be a decision similar to those people make when they opt for an Audi, BMW, Mercedes or Volkswagen.

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

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                5.0

                V-LUX 40 great Digital Camera

                By Boris G

                from Los Angeles, California

                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

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

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                Work perfect in automatic mode as well as in manual.
                2 little problems: flash is not strong enough (5-6 meters max)
                And battery is small. In order to travel with camera my recommendation is to buy an
                extra battery with charger. Otherwise all pictures are even, sharp and clear.

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

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                5.0

                A great point and shoot

                By GHMMom

                from San Francisco, CA

                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
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I have had a steady stream of point-and-shoot cameras over the years, but always find myself preferring the quality of my Nikon SLR despite the fact that it's hard to tote around.
                This Leica is the first point-and-shoot that even compares to the quality of a bigger camera. The image quality is great, it is very small and portable, it's comfortable in my hand, the controls are incredibly intuitive and user-friendly, and you can still customize the shots. Oh, and the zoom actually makes a difference.
                I think it's a perfect camera for bringing everywhere with me- especially when I don't want to commit to bringing a bigger camera.

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

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                5.0

                Small Package Big Bang

                By YOLO

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                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

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I use this camera for vacations. It brings the ease of a point and shoot and the quality of a DSLR into one.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Fantastic camera!

                By Hobi, Archiect

                from Miami, Florida

                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

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I searched for a long time, looking for a high quality pocket camera which I could take on my architectural research trips. Last week I spent photographing the amazing contemporary architecture of East Berlin. These photos are of professional quality, which I will be using on presentations for my clients in other parts of the world. I design mixed use developments, I needed a practical high quality camera to document details and whole buildings. This camera takes extraordinarily sharp pictures, even at low light levels, of with the powerful zoom activated.The only draw back is battery life, which is quite poor. Therefore, if you shoot more than 100 pictures on an outing, make sure to carry additional batteries with you. I am relieved that I am not dragging my big Canon 40D and lenses. Since I like photography, I do have other pocket camera. The V- Lux 40 is by far the best on its class.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                • No

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                5.0

                An excellent choice for the price

                By Quads

                from Longmont, CO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 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
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I have used the V-Lux 40 for a wide range of photos - from macro nature shots, to portraits to high action sport shots. It's amazing for all. Once you master the software options for what you want to do, it performs amazingly. The burst is incredible with the ability to vary the rate in case you need to capture faster action. The zoom is far superior than it's predecessor and even outdoes the more expensive cameras in its class. I have to say the one thing that was a let down is that Leica didn't bundle a battery charger - instead you have to connect the entire camera in order to charge the battery. A little odd and not handy. If they fix that, you've got an overall amazing camera!

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

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                5.0

                Spectacular camera. I'm extremely happy.

                By Vincent

                from North Bergen, NJ

                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
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                Perfect gear for business and pleasure.
                Features are superlative and image quality is incomparable.

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

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                3.0

                Does not deliver 100% as stated

                By PK

                from Brazil

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Poor autofocus with zoom
                • Poor Image Stabilization
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I bought this camera for the vacation with my soon at Orlando area and its parks. I was looking for high quality, flexibility (I was impressed with the zoom range stated in the specs) and with a solid brand. I am an advanced used and I own few SLR from Cannon.The camera at first impression is spectacular, and it works well and really gives you fast and perfect pictures like an SLR. However after almost 50% of the memory card (top rated brand - 32Mb) is full the camera decreases significantly its performance, the most disappointing was the waiting time to process a picture. This significantly slows down the camera.After about 5 minutes continuously recording the camera starts getting hot.The camera does not focus very well and becomes slow with zoom over 210mm. I was convinced that the stated zoom of almost 400mm is just marketing.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 5
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                WOW

                By CRAZY OLD MAN

                from MIDDLETOWN,NJ,USA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                I have 5 very sports active grandkids and have been shooting pixs of them playing for a while. My primary was a cannon with a 300 mm lens and a assortment of filters and I was very happy with it. I received this camera as a gift and have been testing it out at their games for the past 2 weeks. All I can say is" good by" cannon, i have just started to fool around some of its features and I can't say enough good things about it. So my favorite is videoing an action shot and at the same time taking a still of the same play. The only thing I would say is to play with it and get use to its features before using it on a serious event.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Impressive

                By BenJAMIN

                from Atlanta, GA

                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
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                  Travel. Great Point and Shoot.

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

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                  4.0

                  Lentes extremamente claras.Boa mesmo

                  By orlando

                  from São Paulo- Brasil

                  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

                  • Manual em portuguespobre

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Leica V-LUX 40 Digital Camera:

                  Machine with fantastic lenses. But the manual in Portuguese (CD) is very poor, need to consult English.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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