This review is devoted to V-Lux 3 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Dec 08, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Leica developed this model to replace their older
product V-Lux 2
and, after some time, Leica has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Leica V-Lux 3 vs. V-Lux 4
Leica V-Lux 3 vs. V-Lux 2
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #146 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #1001 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Leica V-Lux 3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica V-Lux 3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.
Leica V-Lux 3 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 95 mm (48.82 x 31.89 x 37.4″) with the weight of 540 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Leica V-Lux 3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica V-Lux 3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 95mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica V-Lux 3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica V-Lux 3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica V-Lux 3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Leica V-Lux 3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Leica V-Lux 3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Leica V-Lux 3 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Leica V-Lux 3 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Leica V-Lux 3 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Leica V-Lux 3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Leica V-Lux 3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Leica V-Lux 3 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Leica V-Lux 3’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Leica V-Lux 3 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, V-Lux 3 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
V-Lux 3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
As for the video quality characteristics of Leica V-Lux 3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica V-Lux 3 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and Motion JPEG formats.
Leica V-Lux 3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Leica V-Lux 3 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
You can connect V-Lux 3 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica V-Lux 3 provides a shooting life of 410, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Leica V-Lux 3 offers the highest battery life that reaches 410 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica V-Lux 3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica V-Lux 3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the V-Lux 3 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 28. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 3 can be called a 88 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 3 can be called a 59 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Dec 08, 2011|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 81 x 95 mm|
|Battery Life||410 shots|
|Battery Type||410 shots|
|Battery Model||BP-DC 9|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|