Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Small Sensor Superzoom category, introduced by Leica. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are V-Lux 4 and V-Lux 3. The first common feature of Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 that is worth mentioning is sensor. Both cameras feature CMOS sensors with a resolution of 12.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3.
Leica V-Lux 4 Key Features:
Leica V-Lux 3 Key Features:
Being a newer model, Leica V-Lux 4 substituted Leica V-Lux 3.
|Flash Range||13.5 vs 9.5||4 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Battery Life||540 shots vs 410 shots||130 more frames with a single charge|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2 vs 27.72 mm2||1.2% larger pixel area|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots vs 460k dots||0.2% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||540 g vs 588 g||48 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps | 12.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 461k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Leica V-Lux 3 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 48g less than the Leica V-Lux 4. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Leica V-Lux 3 is equipped with a sensor that is 1.0x larger than the one featured in Leica V-Lux 4. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Leica V-Lux 4||Leica V-Lux 3|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Leica V-Lux 4 or Leica V-Lux 3, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica V-Lux 3 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica V-Lux 3 deserves a higher Total Score than the Leica V-Lux 4. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Leica V-Lux 4||Leica V-Lux 3|
|Model||V-Lux 4||V-Lux 3|
|Announced||Sep 17, 2012||Dec 08, 2011|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.08 x 4.56 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||27.72 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||6,400||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||23||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||1,312k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps||12.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)||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||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||588 g||540 g|
|Physical Dimensions||125 x 87 x 110 mm||124 x 81 x 95 mm|
|Battery Life||540 shots||410 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Battery Model||n/a||BP-DC 9|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|