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LeicaV-LUX 40 Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (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.

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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
              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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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