Hands-On Review: the Leica V-Lux 40 Digital Camera


The Leica V-Lux 40 digital camera is a highly compact and efficient point and shoot, designed to be carried with you at all times, while delivering high-quality photographs and video. This camera features a 14.1-megapixel 1/2.33” CMOS sensor for superb image quality, low light sensitivity to ISO 3200, and an extended dynamic range for greater detail. The built-in f/3.3-6.4 DC Vario-Elmar lens has an effective zoom range of 24-480mm (35mm equivalent), giving you tremendous versatility for capturing subjects near and far. The quick-performing autofocus is capable of acquiring focus in 0.1 seconds, which is complemented by the ability to record up to 10 full-resolution images per second.

In addition to the more than capable still-image performance, the V-Lux 40 can also capture Full HD 1080p video in either the AVCHD format or Internet-friendly MP4 format. Playback and monitoring are available on the bright, clear 3.0” 460.8K-dot touch screen LCD, which also offers intuitive navigation of all the camera functions. Additionally, this camera features an integrated GPS module for tracking your journeys and plotting them on detailed maps once at home. Also included with the V-Lux 40 are Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 software packages, which give you the ability to further craft your images and video through post-production work on your computer.

Camera Type Digital point and shoot
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3-86mm (24-480mm equiv.)
Lens Construction 12 elements in 10 groups (6 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical elements)
Aperture Range f/3.3-6.4
Focusing Range W: 19.7” / 50 cm-infinity
T: 79” / 200 cm-infinity
Macro W: 1.2” / 3 cm-infinity
Macro T: 39.3” / 100 cm-infinity
Focusing Options Face Detection, AF Tracking, Multi Points, 1 point, Spot, Touch Field
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital Zoom 4x
Image Sensor CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Effective Pixels 14.1MP (15.3MP total pixels)
Resolution 16:9: 4320 x 2432, 3648 x 2056, 3072 x 1782, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360
3:2: 4320 x 2880, 3648 x 2432, 3072 x 2048, 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360, 640 x 424
4:3: 4320 x 3240, 3648 x 2736, 3072 x 2304, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
1:1: 3232 x 3232, 2736 x 2736, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1920, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480
Movie Resolution 16:9 format AVCHD
1080p: 1920 x 1080 (max. 29 min per clip)
1080i: 1920 x 1080 (max. 29 min per clip)
720p: 1280 x 720 (max. 29 min per clip)
16:9: 1920 x 1080 (max. 29 min per clip)
1280 x 720 (max. 29 min per clip)
4:3: 640 x 480 (max. 29 min per clip)
Quick Time Motion JPEG (high-speed video)
3D Resolution 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (MPO format)
Memory Cards SD (8MB-2GB), SDHC (4-32GB), SDXC (48-64GB)
Internal Memory Approx. 12MB
Exposure Metering Multi-field, Center weighted, Spot
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, Manual setting
Sensitivity Range Auto, ISO 100-3200
Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3 steps
Exposure Mode Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter speed priority (S), Manual Setting (M)
Exposure Settings Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., Glass Through, High-Speed Video
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Modes AUTO, AUTO with pre-flash (to reduce red-eye effect), AUTO with slower shutter speeds and pre flash, On, Off
Flash Range W (ISO Auto): 2-21’ / 0.6-6.4 m
T (ISO Auto): 3.3-10.8’ / 1-3.3 m
LCD Monitor 3.0" (7.6 cm) 460.8K-dot TFT-LCD touch screen
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Shutter Speeds 15-1/2000 sec.
Continuous Shooting Mode 2 B/s: max number 100 / 14MP max resolution; 5 B/s: max number 100 / 14MP max resolution; 10 B/s: max number 10 / 14MP max resolution; 40 B/s: max number 50 / 5MP max resolution; 60 B/s: max number 60 / 3.5MP max resolution
Self-Timer 2, 10 sec.
GPS Geodetic Data System: WGS84
PictBridge Yes
Power Supply Leica BP-DC7 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 895mAh 3.6V
Battery Capacity Approx. 260 exposures/charge
Operating Temperature 32-104°F / 0-40°C (10-80% humidity)
Interface Mini HDMI (type C), USB 2.0, A/V
Dimenstions 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3" / 10.5 x 5.9 x 2.8 cm
Weight 7.4 oz / 210 g



I bought a V Lux 40 camera in 2012 and a few months ago it started to present a System Error (Zoom) message at the screen. I sent it to Leica US customer service and the answer was: " our camera has been evaluated by our technician and found to require a new lens assembly. It is with great regret that I inform you that we no longer have that part available to repair the camera. The camera cannot be repaired."


After a few days my brother in law, that bought the same camera showed me his Leica with the same problem. I sent a message to Leica US telling them that maybe it was a problem subject to a recall and the message from them: "The camera cannot be repaired - parts are no available."


The only solution that they gave me was a US$ 100 discount buying a new different model. Is this a customer service attitude from a top brand as Leica?



I've had the same problem with my V-LUX40. Actually two of them. I sent mine in for the system error and they offered me a like new refurbished replacement. I agreed to take it. 600 photos later it now has the same system error. 

How do we get a resonable refund from Leica? They stopped producing this camera and we all know why. It was built with a defect in it. 

Leica USA says to send this one back and they will then see about a discount on another Leica camera. They have nothing similar to this. I loved this camera when it worked.

Sad and mad.

I am terribly sorry about your experience with Leica.  Unfortunately we are not able to resolve any type of issues you may have with the camera or manufacturer here on this type of forum.  You would need to send this request to our Customer Service Dept, and if there is anything we can do to help you with Leica we will.    You may contact our Customer Service Dept directly via email at [email protected], or via telephone at 800-764-8264 or locally 212-239-7765.