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LeicaV-LUX 20 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

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    (11)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (17)
  • Compact (16)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Zoom range/performance (15)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (6)
  • Short battery life (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Family photos (13)
  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Low light (8)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I think we have a winner!

After owning the MUCH larger Leica V-lux 1, I was very curious when Leica announced the V-Lux 20. I'd been looking for a pocket camera that would compliment my bigger Leica and after a...Read complete review

After owning the MUCH larger Leica V-lux 1, I was very curious when Leica announced the V-Lux 20. I'd been looking for a pocket camera that would compliment my bigger Leica and after a weekend around New York City I have to say I couldn't be more pleased. The more pics I take, the better I get. The key here is you CANNOT rely on the automatic mode. This camera works best for someone willing to take the time to learn the cameras manual controls while using the numerous "scene" modes for "easy" shooting. I'm also learning how to get very nice indoor shots as well. You'll also find the zoom smooth and easy to work with. I haven't tried the Panasonic Lumix version so I don't know what Leica's improved on this model but either way it's the best compact I've yet encountered when it comes to sharp, colorful, warm pictures you're proud to share with others. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the lack of a viewfinder but it's too small a camera for one anyway, and the screen is bright enough to cause little problems. I'm also very happy to find it available right here at my favorite electronics store, B&H!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for me.

It looks like a great little camera, but would have expected images to be sharper . There is a lot of noise at 100%. I am used to shooting with a slr and want...Read complete review

It looks like a great little camera, but would have expected images to be sharper . There is a lot of noise at 100%. I am used to shooting with a slr and want a pocket camera, but think I will go with a less expensive model for my informal shots.

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5.0

Excellent; Leica quality; zoom; light

By cuqlilpel

from Coral Gables, 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

  • No Viewfinder
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

I have professional Nikons (D3X and others ) and several Canons but this one is just right to have in pocket or purse. Light, excellent zoom, fast lens... all around a good companion for times when you travel light and want a bit more quality in case you need to take a picture, with more options than your Iphone. It has made me look into Pro Leicas, in addition to my all time favorite: Hasselblad.
GPS is a good for those using the camera on their travels. Typically I carry larger cameras when I travel, but its a valuable tool.

Only item I really miss in the bright South Florida sun is for this camera to also include a viewfinder in the design.

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

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5.0

Superb Lightweight

By Jacques Debauche

from Warwick NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor Flash

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

I bought the V-Lux 20 because I did not want to lug any of my DSLRs on an extended vacation trip in luggage-restricted circumstances. The little camera performed magnificently. The flash is a bit feeble, and I miss an optical viewfinder in bright light situations, but the long (12X) optical zoom is a treasure which makes up for these deficiencies. The video is great. Since I turn the GPS function on only occasionally, I haven't had the battery life problem other reviewers have cited. I do carry an extra battery because I am often away from electrical power, but if you buy one, get the Panasonic battery - it's identical (except for the label) and is much cheaper. I confess that I knowingly paid more for the Leica version of the camera (I love that little red circle) but the Panasonic version is probably just as good and a lot less expensive. One warning: I have two Leica-branded Panasonic-built cameras (a C-Lux 1 and a V-Lux 1) which are non-operational, presumably because of electronic failures, so I have reservations about long-term reliability of these Panasonic-built camaras.

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

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5.0

Great lens

By Tom

from West Columbia, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

I bought this camera mostly for the lens. It was the only camera with a quality
zoom range up to 300mm. It does deliver sharp images throughout the entire
range if you can hold it still. The IS is helpful but doesn't work as good as a in lens type on a SLR. I try to shoot at 1/250 second or faster but not always possible. Put this camera on a tripod and you don't need a SLR. The build quality is great and what you would expect from Leica. The V LUX 20 is pretty small and fits into almost any pocket, great for traveling on my motorcycle. Battery is Ok but I always carry a spare. I can't comment on the movie part of the camera, I am not into movies. Could use a little faster lens but I have yet to find a point & shoot that does everything.Fits nice in Tamrac 5292 TA T92 Camera bag. Enough room for two spare batteries and two spare memory cards and has buckle closure.

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

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5.0

Great Camera

By Phil

from Ewa Beach, Hawaii

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

Portable enough to take anywhere and not be in the way. Gives me a great range of focal length.

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

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4.0

Very Good Images - Low Battery Life

By Don

from Chicago

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Flash
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

Good quality images. A little slippery to handle; recommend always using hand strap. Battery life disappointing; suggest buying backup battery. Good results with Scenic modes, especially church interiors with "Candlelight." Wonderful tight food shots with "Food," better than Auto. In Manual, with "Force Flash On," (to shoot a face in shadows), often the daylight background beyond the object resulted in being overexposed. Will keep looking for solution.

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

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4.0

excellent

By disjointed

from baton rouge, LA

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

      I put it in my pocket and carry it everywhere

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

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      3.0

      Not for me.

      By cc

      from Concord, ma

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality
      • Poor Image Stabilization
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

        It looks like a great little camera, but would have expected images to be sharper . There is a lot of noise at 100%. I am used to shooting with a slr and want a pocket camera, but think I will go with a less expensive model for my informal shots.

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

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        5.0

        This is a perfect store

        By Shawn berry

        from Warrensburg,MO

        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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

          The camera was perfect,i bought it for someone sight unseen,and he told me that was exactly what he wanted.

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

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          4.0

          The camera is nice and make me feel happ

          By piccolo

          from porto alegre - brasil

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

            Product easy,compact and quick to deal whith it.

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

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            4.0

            Great Camera!

            By tv

            from dallas, texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

            I use this camera for travel so I do not have to carry my SLR.
            Great pictures, and wonderful color.

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

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            5.0

            Incredible Images!!

            By Sharp eye

            from Brenham, Tx

            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

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

              Don't even think about the Panasonic twin. The Leica is far more superior quality in images and construction.

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

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              4.0

              Good, but expansive.

              By Lorenzo the pilot.

              from Boca Raton - FL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                I use the camera for travel and family photos. The image quality surpassed my expectations, but the price is very high compared to other brands and similar cameras.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 6
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                A great camera.

                By Cassia Regina

                from Brasilia, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                  Excelent camera! The quality of images are wonderful.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excelent small camera, great zoom

                  By Alberto GP

                  from Mexico City, Mexico

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                    Great zoom, high speed for pictures.

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

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                    5.0

                    LOVE IT!

                    By Jerry C

                    from Tustin 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
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                      The best camera in the world for the best price - period.

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

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                      5.0

                      Awesome camera/lens combination

                      By Caribou

                      from Boulder Colorado

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      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

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                          This is simply first class - the resulting photos are great and the flexibility and power of this camera are simply the best. These guys are good...

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

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                          5.0

                          Expensive... but well worth it!

                          By Kupiaki

                          from Northeast Florida

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Manual Controls
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Price

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro photos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                          I love the wide angle lens on this camera, and it performs well in low light. In situations where I'd normally take my D-SLR but don't want the bulk, it is an awesome stand-in with enough manual controls to still take fun, atypical shots for a point and shoot. This is my first Leica, and though I hesitated about purchasing this camera because of its price, it is so awesome I would buy it again.

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

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                          5.0

                          get what you pay

                          By peter

                          from Melbourne

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                          25-300mm great for travelling,very handy for snapshot
                          fast and easy to use,good for low light shooting in the party or restaurant,built in GPS is a another good option for travelling.
                          picture quality is really realistic,no MSG added,i am very impressed by it's colour
                          battery life need to improve,especially GPS is turned on
                          it is my flagship compact DC

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

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                          5.0

                          Excellent!

                          By CraigE

                          from Orange County, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Pricy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                          I've purchased several Leica point-and-shoot digital cameras in the past and this one is by far the best one yet. Like all of the previous Leicas, the color quality is superb; very natural and sharp. And doesn't require any color correction in PS. I use the camera primarily for group mountain biking rides I do four times a week. I keep it in a pouch attached to my hydration pack shoulder strap. Needless to say it takes a beating but continues to perform flawlessly.

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

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                          5.0

                          small and light

                          By oldman

                          from twonsend, DE

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 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

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Leica V-LUX 20 Digital Camera:

                          travel,small,light

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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