Leica V-Lux 30 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 9
Features 41
Size 83
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.33" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 105 x 58 x 43 mm
  • Weight: 219 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Leica V-Lux 30 Summary

This review is devoted to V-Lux 30 that Leica has first introduced to the public in May 26, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #90 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #713 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica V-Lux 30 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica V-Lux 30 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.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Leica V-Lux 30 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom 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 30. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica V-Lux 30

Leica V-Lux 30 has the following external dimensions 105 x 105 x 43 mm (41.34 x 22.83 x 16.93″) with the weight of 219 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica V-Lux 30, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica V-Lux 30 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 43mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica V-Lux 30 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica V-Lux 30 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica V-Lux 30 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica V-Lux 30 — 260 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Leica V-Lux 30 — 43 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Leica V-Lux 30 — 219 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Leica V-Lux 30 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 30 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 30 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica V-Lux 30 comes with Venus Engine FHD processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica V-Lux 30 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Leica V-Lux 30. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Leica V-Lux 30 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.33" 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica V-Lux 30 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 1/2.33" sensor featured in Leica V-Lux 30 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica V-Lux 30

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 30 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica V-Lux 30 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, V-Lux 30 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica V-Lux 30, 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 30 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Leica V-Lux 30 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Leica V-Lux 30 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect V-Lux 30 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica V-Lux 30 provides a shooting life of 260, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Leica V-Lux 30 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Leica V-Lux 30 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica V-Lux 30’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 30’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the V-Lux 30 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica V-Lux 30 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 30 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 30 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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Leica V-Lux 30 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 30 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 30 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (105 x 58 x 43 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Leica V-Lux 30 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 30 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 30 can be called a 41 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (260 shots)

Leica V-Lux 30 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 30 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 30 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (219 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Leica V-Lux 30 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica V-Lux 30 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 33. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica V-Lux 30 can be called a 33 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Leica V-Lux 30 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model V-Lux 30
Announced May 26, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4320 x 3240
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single No
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 219 g
Physical Dimensions 105 x 58 x 43 mm
Battery Life 260 shots
Battery Type 260 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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