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LeicaV-LUX 4 Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (32)
  • Zoom range/performance (31)
  • Large clear LCD (27)
  • Good in low light (26)
  • Compact (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (31)
    • Family photos (28)
    • Wildlife (23)
    • Low light (21)
    • Landscape/scenery (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing!

    I have been involved in photography since 1954 when I developed and printed my first role of film for my Photography Merit Badge! I grew up with a 4x5 Speed Graphic, a 6x6cm Rollie...Read complete review

    I have been involved in photography since 1954 when I developed and printed my first role of film for my Photography Merit Badge! I grew up with a 4x5 Speed Graphic, a 6x6cm Rollie and on through the 35mm advancements over the years. I truly thought that digital would be a flash-in-the-pan, a phase. But this Leica is an amazing little machine that does everything I could ask of it, except perhaps for the wall-size blowups which I can get with my Canon EOS 5D Mark ll with its full frame censor. The lens on the Leica is awesome with its 2.8 aperture throughout the 25 to 600 range. Even set on automatic, birds are frozen in flight and the sun in the last stages of sunset is huge in the viewfinder! The skin tones are as good as I could ask for with no color bleeding from strong colors that might be adjacent to the skin. It weighs next to nothing - especially in comparison to my big DSLRs with the bag full of lenses required to do what this little wonder will do. I have already recommended the camera to family and friends.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    High Price. Not so high satisfaction.

    I ordered V-LUX4 because I wanted to test 600mm/f2.8. But, AF system of V-LUX4 was very poor. I pushed a shutter button, then focusing action was started, then focusing action was...Read complete review

    I ordered V-LUX4 because I wanted to test 600mm/f2.8. But, AF system of V-LUX4 was very poor. I pushed a shutter button, then focusing action was started, then focusing action was not completed, then shutter chance was gone. It was hard to get shutter chance. So, I was sold V-LUX4 on the day after delivery day. Body is plastic. Building quality is so so. This camera is same as Panasonic's FZ-200. Major difference is only image processing engine and branding badge of "LEICA". Price of V-LUX4 is almost 2 times higher than FZ-200. But quality (satisfaction) is not so higher than FZ-200.
    If you are not LEICA mania, you shouldn't get V-LUX4. It's camera only for LEICA mania.

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    4.0

    Near perfect!

    By Ragdollgirl

    from Palm Harbor, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Hate The Lens Cap
    • Wish It Was More Compact

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

    I got my V-Lux 4 from B&H Used department. It came to me like new in the box. I belong to a photography club and we submit photos each month for peer reviews. The first set of photos I took with this camera resulted in two photos being chosen as "Photo of the Month". I do mostly wildlife, flowers, bugs and landscapes and this camera has taken awesome pics every time. The color saturation is amazing, and the zoom lens has a great range. Best of all is the constant 2.8 aperture. This has solved my previous issues with low light conditions, so far. I am very pleased overall.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Beautiful

    By Tania

    from Brazil

    Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

    A beautiful camera. I like it very much.

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    5.0

    The V-Lux zoom

    By Kalle

    from Duluth, Minnesota

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Flash Exposure Poor

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel
    • Zoomed In Photos

    Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

    I have never enjoyed carrying a heavy camera and lenses. The V-Lux is light and the zoom lens I use very often. The results even at a highly zoomed photo (braced) turned out great. The versatility and speed using the camera is excellent.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Almost perfect

    By Enjaume

    from NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

      After some initial focusing problems which were speedily corrected thanks to B&H excellent technical service department this is certainly the best "point and shoot" that I have ever owned. I mainly use Nikon DSLRs (D7100, D610) with Nikon 80 - 400 zoom and Nikon 300 mm f/2.8 (with teleconverters) for wildlife and have had some surprisingly good results with the Leica. The only problem that I have encountered has been in very contrasty situations (e.g. white bird against dark background) otherwise I am very happy with it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excelent¡

      By Christian

      from Concepcion Chile

      Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

      Excelent camera¡ excelent service¡ thanks B&H !

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      5.0

      Incredible video and great photos

      By Jan from colorado

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

        this is a great little travel camera. Perfect for video and photos all in one camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        wow

        By island buddhist

        from the islands

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

          i have used many a camera in various formats and this Leica V-Lux is one of the best. The lens is stunning. Color rendition and sharpness are superb. The camera is easy to use and well thought out. My friends are gathering their bucks to place their orders too. B&H gave me top of the line service when I placed the order.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A great product giving sharp pictures.

          By Lee

          from Norman, OK

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

            I bought it mainly for travel because of its light weight. It is great for close and outdoor shooting. It is not great at low-light condition and sports.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great powerhouse fo a lightwieght camera

            By Mljax

            from Jacksonville, FL

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Bulb Setting
            • No Electronic Cable Relea
            • No Gps

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

            I own several Nikon DSLRs along with a host of macro, wide, normal and super telephoto lenses. I always keep a point and shoot camera with me for that time when you happen upon a great shot and don't have all of your gear ready or available. I have used Canon P&S cameras for this purpose.

            If I'm shooting for an enlarged display shot, the DSLRs are the tools. However for normal size photos and almost all other situations where carrying around a large bag of equipment is not wanted, this is the way to go. I was shooting JPG + Raw formats jointly just like my D7000.

            I was turned on to this camera by my cousin a year ago who is a professional award winning photographer. The shots were outstanding in color rendition and resolution particularly in super telephoto. She has retired all of her DSLR and SLRs as she now shoots for fun. We were in Alaska shooting wildlife and I dare say because of the readiness of this camera vs. the time to ready my DSLRs, she got shots that I missed.

            The shutter lag is as responsive as any of my DSLRs and not anything at all similar to other point shoot cameras I have. For me, this is an absolute major feature that any camera needs to have and the Leica is outstanding. The only things I would like to have seen on this camera that don't exist are a GPS, electronic cable release and bulb setting. The max time setting is 8 seconds. Since I do nighttime sky photography, this may be an issue but I haven't tried it yet.

            I generally don't take video but I played with this the other day and it was remarkably simple and focus tracking was very good. It also has a wind cut feature so the noise from the wind blowing was significantly reduced. Since the wind on the beach was blowing 20+ mph, that was a very nice surprise.

            In some reviews I've read that some people have mentioned it seems cheaply made because it is plastic. It's a lightweight material to keep the weight down and that it does. It weighs just over one pound. It is not cheaply made at all. I believe the material is probably a high strength synthetic plastic and/or graphite. I have looked but can't tell. If people think that metallic items are weak, they should really try to avoid flying in modern airplanes as the amount of metal has been dramatically reduced due to technological advances. This is a well built lightweight technologically advanced camera that does everything it claims to without any fault.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Honestly? I love it!

            By John Shooter

            from San Diego

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

              Easy to create excellent photos from 40 ft. away.

              Light and fast. Easy to handle.

              Telephoto is awesome!

              I'll, probably use this camera more than my other cameras.

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

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              5.0

              Worth the wait and the price!

              By Doc 10-4

              from Tallahassee, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Lcd And Dig Viewfinder
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                Thanks to B&H for telling me about (and selling) this great digital camera. I love my Nikon D7000 and Nikon Coolpix 8800, but the Leica v-lux 4 is fantastic. Great zoom, great sharpness and color, so versatile and convenient. Will use it 90% of the time for all kinds of photographs (and some video to).

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

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                5.0

                Seems great in my initial testing

                By Mannwolf

                from Cleveland, OH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                  Ok - I won't go into technical detail about operations here, and I've only had the camera briefly, but initial impressions can be very useful.

                  I'm using this mainly for travel photography, so I hike and drive and do nature-type shooting, including wildlife and birds, landscapes, etc. Outdoor stuff.

                  First impressions: I like it! It's compact, feels pretty well-engineered, it has a fantastic zoom range, the lens accepts standard 52mm filters (unlike most compact digital cameras), so I can put on a protective skylight filter or a polarizer and not have to mess with an adaptor tube. The controls are well-layed out overall and familiar to anyone who's used a compact digital camera before. It seems to take great quality photos, it turns on in a flash, focuses super-fast and shoots well in really low light.

                  On the nitpicky side: I threw the lens cap away and bought one I could actually grab hold of without it shooting across the room. Very irritating. The camera isn't made of rock - it's quite light, and I wouldn't expect it would survive a significant fall on concrete or an elephant stepping on it, but not many modern cameras would. I find the LCD screen a bit hard to grab to swing out. The controls can feel a bit cramped, and the lens can retract on your finger when the supplied lens hood is attached on the lens barrel for storage.

                  That's about it for ergonomic gripes so far. Pretty minor overall, but I haven't been traveling and living with the camera yet. But nothing really bothers me that's not hugely outweighed by the incredible convenience of having a pro-quality camera with this feature set (the amazing zoom and macro features) all in one little package.

                  In case you can't tell, what I'm really excited about is that, instead of my monster backpack with 3 heavy lenses and heavy camera body and accessories, I can carry this one little thing, and still get great photos. Wear it on a plane, hike with it, take it all around, no lens change hassles...kinda a no-brainer. I'll just refrain from hammering nails with it.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Silk In Your Hands!

                  By Richz5

                  from Hazle Township, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Nature Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                    I needed a camera that I could reach out with and this is the one. Everything about it is intuitive. Once I look into the viewfinder I have everything I need at my disposal. The V lux 4 is responsive and fast. Fantastic pictures are coming out of the box with little or no post processing.

                    I also own the Leica D Lux-6, which I love, and the Canon G15, the Nikon P7700 and 2 Nikon P6000s. They are all great cameras that have their own unique strengths, once you get familiar with them.

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

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                    5.0

                    fantastic!

                    By CVT

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                    fantastic results.
                    the functions are a bit quirky to get used to - still learning.
                    macro is a tad difficult to understand.
                    scene modes can be selected thru view finder which is a plus and a minus.
                    but most of all - what really matters are the pictures and they are AMAZING!
                    the color saturation, and dynamic range beats my canon rebel slr
                    the lens and image stabilisation is also great.
                    a bit of a price you pay for the leica brand name - i have not used the counterpart by panasonic to tell you how different they are - but i am sure happy with this camera.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent point and camera !

                    By Rome

                    from Union,NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                      I've own a lot of cameras since the film days to digital cameras, from canon SLRs to lately Sony NEX 5n & 6. So far this is the best compact camera I've owned. It is very versatile and easy to use. I don't have to lug on my heavy SLR with heavy long L glasses. It covers from 25mm to 6oomm with constant F/2.8 which is good for low light. Good for wild life photography and nature. The quality of pictures output is so good (second to none?). The V-Lux 4 is lightweight, easy to fit in a very small bag. Ever since I owned this camera I very seldom use my SLR and Sony NEX 5n & 6 already. After all those years spend lugging them I am getting tired & exhausted.Definitely my SLRs and L lenses will go to [*] for good. Bottom line, I love this camera !

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      excellent

                      By Jo

                      from Brugge, Belgium

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                          Very easy-to-use camera. Gives very good out of focus pictures (Bokeh effect) comparable to SLR if you use the zoom.I'm not a professional user, but I think it lacks a bit of detail in the picture,compared to a real good SLR.Very good zoom and nice colours.Vary satisfied with this camera although a real SLR is slightly better in picture detail.

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                          5.0

                          The Best

                          By PammieD

                          from Georgia

                          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
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                            This camera is absolutely one of the easiest to use for someone who is not a professional. It takes quality pictures and having such a powerful zoom which eliminates changing lenses makes it so convenient and fun. It came highly recommended and it stands up to all I was told about it. I use it for personal pictures. It is lightweight and easy to carry. My biggest problem is accidentally hitting the two buttons just below the thumb plate when I am handling it. I have to be careful or I change things when I was not planning on doing so. Otherwise, this is a terrific camera.

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

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                            5.0

                            Great little camera

                            By HMC

                            from Columbus, Ohio

                            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
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                              I usually shoot with a Nikon D90. But when traveling that camera with or without a long lens attached, screams "tourist." And with family events it can make casual, relaxed events into uncomfortable photo sessions and me into the "photographer" rather than a participant. The V-Lux 4 Leica is lightweight, easy to fit in a very small, inconspicuous bag like the ONA Bowery shoulder bag. The camera has a rotating flip out screen that enables shooting sideways for inconspicuous street shots or shots of kids' antics. But it also has a viewfinder. Auto-focusing is fast and shutter lag,if any, is not noticeable. The zoom lens can shoot at f2.8 throughout the very long zoom range. The wide angle enables very comprehensive macro views even at very close range. And did I mention that the lens is by Leica? Image quality is crisp, color is accurate. Settings allow full manual exposure control,as well as focusing. Downsides? If you use manual focusing, it is with a dial not the lens, and is impractical to use in any changing situation. But this is true of any point and shoot with a manual option. The body is plastic, tough plastic, and nicely lightweight, but you do not want to treat it roughly. Bottom line -- I have tried several point and shoot cameras, but this one is a gem. I am having lots of fun with this little machine.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 10
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              welll worth the price

                              By oldeman

                              from boston, ma

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                                Compared to its "twin", the Panasonic FZ200, the V-Lux seems to be overpriced. Yet, consider you get twice the warrantee, Lightbox, and Leica's proprietary image-processing software (which the FZ200 doesn't use) and you have a better deal in the long run. This is a camera most buyers will be happy to live with for a number of years; carrying the Leica name isn't a bad thing either.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 9
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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                I like.

                                By GJ

                                from Brick, NJ

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Leica V-LUX 4 Digital Camera:

                                  I think this camera has everything I need as a beginner and use around the family.

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

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