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LeicaV-Lux 3 Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Good image quality (17)
  • Zoom range/performance (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Large clear LCD (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (15)
  • Family photos (14)
  • Low light (10)
  • Wildlife (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not just a point and shoot

As a professional photographer I have never owned a "point and shoot". I would put the Lux 3 in that category but I can't imagine that there is a better one....Read complete review

As a professional photographer I have never owned a "point and shoot". I would put the Lux 3 in that category but I can't imagine that there is a better one. 600mm and 60fps...are you kidding? Last time I checked, my really expensive stuff gets about 12fps. Amazing....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does not feel like a typical Leica.

Zoom lens does not have the resolution of my V-Lux 20. Very disappointing.

Zoom lens does not have the resolution of my V-Lux 20. Very disappointing.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leica German quality

By jamieboy

from Manchester

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
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

    Leica V-LUX3 a "CLONE" of a Panasonic DMC-FZ150K ?????????I found information about the Japanese made Leica lenses how these lenses take 40 minutes for each element to beindividually ground, polished and tested then the 1 to 4 coatings are added,(this camera has 14 lens elements) onLieca made imported machines, whereas the Panasonic models use mass production techniques on there own machines toa (minimum) Leica spec but with there own coatings including the own brand PanasonicBlack Box Nano surface coating,parts and picture processing firmware (Panny uses its own Venus engine) for both have largedifferences as do the CCD qualities and manufacturing tolerances the CCD's are made by different manfacturers the ones forthe Leica brand are all tested,differences in lens quality and coatings and firmware make the better colours and lessabberations @ wide apertures.The V-LUX3 is 22 grams heavier again due to the noticeable extra build quality of all metaland Elecro-mechanical parts thats why Leica give a full unlimited 2 year gaurantee against the 1 year panny.The Leica comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Preiere Elements 10 that would cost £.Then finally resale value (average second hand)Panasonic DMC-FZ150K £ Leica V-LUX3 £ So there you have it identical apart from a "red badge" !!!! and street cred!You can always tell a Leica ,By the way it takes pictures - and by the pictures it takes

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

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    5.0

    Worth the money!

    By NIXVIX

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

    This is a very nice camera. A friend of mine used his on an African safari and took great photos, so that is what made me buy this model. It is lightweight and easy to use. I love having the regular view finder so that I can shoot in any light. The zoom option is excellent. The only downside was having to load a tremendous amount of Adobe software onto my computer in order to upload photos. It was very complicated.

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

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    5.0

    In Love with Leica!

    By Jilanne

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

      I bought this camera for it's size and glass. It is my first Leica. I have already recommend this camera to family and friends. The camera has already served me well. It's the camera I always have in my bag to scout out new locations. My D90 and D3 with 24-70mm lens is to large and heavy to carry all the time. Great little camera that shoots RAW! In love with Leica!

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

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      5.0

      excellent equipment

      By Gennaro

      from São Paulo - SP

      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

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

        It is a product of excellent quality, easy to use and great results.
        I'm glad I purchased a Leica camera.

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

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        5.0

        Well worth it

        By FFG

        from New Jersey

        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

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

          Just returned from a cruise and took 2,000 pix under various conditions and can say without a doubt, this is a wonderful camera. Low light conditions enable those formerly 'impossible' pictures to be briliant with great color balance. Screen is bright (and adjustable) for those sunny back light conditions, and the eyepiece viewfinder is there for those other times. Articulated screen is an absolute must and great for reviewing your captures. Only two minor drawbacks are the 'MENU / SET' button is easily and accidentally pushed - no big deal really; and it would be nice if the play screen could rotate the pictures a bit more easily.

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

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          4.0

          Very nice camera, I'm so glad to bought.

          By BugsBunny

          from Astoria, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

          Definitely going to buy some lens and other accessories.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          really what I was waiting for

          By pilar

          from Santiago, Chile

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

            It´s my second Leica and nothing could be better.

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

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            V-Lux 3 vs V-Lux 1

            By Russ

            from Fresno, Ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

              I was not sure if I should buy the V-Lux 3, having already a V-Lux 1. But the specs looked really good, and I wanted the CMOS sensor.Bottom line: The images are much sharper, and the light sensor is very very good, especially in low light. I can really see a difference in low light, under zoom conditions. This is an awesome camera. I've been using it for a few weeks, and it's taken some getting used to using the menus, which have the look and feel of a Sony or Panasonic product ( I know, made in Japan). The biggest difference is how if feels in your hands. The V-Lux 1 is heavy, and has the feel of a traditional camera, while the V-Lux 3 feels light and plastic, and has strange rubber hinged doors that feel cheap and disposable. However, upon use you can tell that the advanced guts of the V-Lux 3 puts the V-Lux 1 in the shade.Is it worth the extra $$ to get the Leica vs the Panasonic? I would say "no" because the look and finish of the V Lux 3 is so inferior, it's not worth the premium. What you get is a semi pro level great little small camera. If you want heft, feel, quality and dont do a lot of intensive picture taking, or shoot in ideal light conditions, then the V-Lux 1 might be worth looking at. It feels like a quality product. The V-Lux 3 is an awesome camera that feels like a cheap camera. I use an external TTL flash with mine (Panasonic flash)and I get really really excellent photos.

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

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              4.0

              size is perfect for traveling

              By Conrad

              from San Diego

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

              The size and the lense are perfect for traveling when you do not want to carry a lot of gear. I wish the feel of the camera were more "solid" in your hand regarding the materials used of the housing.

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              • No

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Camera

              By FranciscoP

              from San Juan, PR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • High price

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

              I consider myself to be an advanced amateur photographer, and I use my camera mostly for travel, which I do very frequently.

              I also own a Leica V-Lux 2, which is very good, so when the V-lux 3 came out I was hesitant to buy it because the V-Lux 3 is of course very similar to the V-Lux 2. However I now have no doubt that upgrading to the V-lux 3 was the correct decision, because in my opinion the V-Lux 3 consistently produces better exposed photos in all light conditions, and much less noise in low light.

              What is not so great about these cameras is price. I do not know whether the price can be reduced to about half or less by buying a Lumix instead, as I have never owned or used a Lumix. Although the hardware seems to be identical, I am not familiar with the results produced by the Lumix.

              I previously owned Nikon and Canon equivalents of the V-lux 3, and both are very good cameras, but for me there is no doubt that the Leica produces results that are significantly superior.

              The Leica V-lux 3 is a great camera. Highly recommended.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
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              • No

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              5.0

              Wunderbar!

              By capnblinski

              from Sou'west Pa.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                Superb imaging and handling. One of the best combinations of digital power and slide-film like
                image quality.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Solution to a problem

                By E. W.

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                  I bought a D-Lux 4 several years ago to replace my beloved Digilux. Even after purchasing the removable handgrip and viewfinder, I was still frustrated because the D-Lux was physically too small for me to use effectively. The V-Lux 3 is a solution to my problem because it provides me with enough body to hold comfortably. It is light enough to carry easily while traveling so I don't have to lug my heavier body and lenses around to get the picture quality I am looking for.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Camera... Everything I expected

                  By Millie Alford

                  from Hereford, 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
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                    Even though Photography is only a hobby for me, I enjoy taking pictures of wildlife and landscapes. There were a couple of reasons I bought this camera... #1 being the zoom equivalent to 600mm, which is great for what I am using it for. #2 reason being the video portion of the camera. The perfect camera for me so I don't have to keep switching from my DLSR and video camera. I am totally satisfied with the camera and would definitely recommend it. Although I'm not a pro, it's the perfect equipment for what I'm using it for.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Light and versatile

                    By CJK000

                    from Sydney Australia

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                      This was purchased to replace a D Lux 3, that was simply not versatile enough to capture everything when traveling. The camera is easy to use, light to carry all day and gives great quality images. The most amazing trait though is the stunning range of focal lengths. There is no reason to miss any photo opportunities with such a wonderful range.
                      Whilst only having used the camera for a couple of weekends we have taken over 500 shots and simply love getting out of doors to 'play' with it.
                      The only negative I can think of is that manual focus when in macro mode is a bit cumbersome

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic versatility

                      By Trassahc

                      from Belgium

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fantastic versatility
                      • 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
                        • Macro photos
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                        Everything is possible with this camera, it is handy,ligth, compact, it goes from wide angle (24mm) super zoom (600mm);lens is stabilized, I have made amazing pictures with the zoom at 600mm at a speed of 1/50sec open at f5.2. Picture quality is outstanding. It can be used in all circumstances,very low ligth, portrait,cities,art,landscape, macro,sport,wildlife,birds, safaris, family, etc... and I don't speak about video which I did not try yet.
                        The possibilities playing with the different menus are
                        outstanding. Instruction book is easy to use, it can be printed from CDrom on a recto verso and you get a little handy book. This camera is the one of the future with all his functionalities, it can replace every other heavy and bulky camera with one piece of equipment. It is a treasure of technology !

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

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                        4.0

                        Great optics

                        By Bobi

                        from Jacksonville,FL

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                          I had reservations before buying this camera but once I saw the pictures and worked with it I am pleased

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          GREAT CAMERA

                          By Mac

                          from Winona, Ms.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Audio Quality
                          • Good Video Quality
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                            Excellent camera for travel, small enough for backpacks and all the extras for photographing beautiful memories.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            As Advertised

                            By MurrayJr

                            from Corpus Christi TX

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                              I am really pleased with the telephoto capabilities. Looking forward to some serious evaluation of the quality of the extreme focal length photos

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

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                              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Best Images Ever

                              By Silver Spur

                              from San Antonio,TX

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                                When I first picked up this camera I wasn't sure if it was truly as good as I had hoped. After the first few pictures I took I was amazed at the quality and detail. I have tried several cameras, both DSLRs and point & shoot, but I don't think I have ever had such amazing detail right from the start. GREAT CAMERA....

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

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                                (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                2012 Leica V-Lux 3

                                By Bugattisilvi11

                                from Africa

                                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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Leica V-Lux 3 Digital Camera:

                                  I am in the air force and just got my camera last week. Yes a very hefty price tag but you get your bang for your buck! These are the ferraris of the camera world. Makes Nikon's and Cannon's curl up like little puppy dogs.

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

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