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Leica Announces V-Lux 3 superzoom

By dpreview staff on Dec 8, 2011 at 14:00 GMT

Leica has announced the V-Lux 3, a 24x superzoom with 12.1MP CMOS sensor. The camera has a 4.5 - 108mm F2.8-5.2 image stabilized lens, equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm film terms. The camera is also capable of 1080p60 video capture with stereo sound and 12fps shooting at full resolution. Unlike the otherwise similar Panasonic DMC-FZ150, the Leica comes with both Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. It will be available from January 2012. We've been using a production V-Lux 3 for a few days and have prepared a samples gallery that will be published shortly.

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Press release:

NEW: LEICA V-LUX 3

Solms, Germany (December 8, 2011) - Leica Camera AG presents the Leica V-Lux 3, a new compact digital camera with an extensive range of features. The camera is extremely versatile, making it ideal for almost all photographic situations. For photographers shooting landscapes, architecture, sport, travel, portraits or wildlife, the V-Lux 3 incorporates an enormously flexible lens. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 - 108 mm f/2.8 - 5.2 ASPH. 24-fold super-telephoto zoom lens covers a wide range of focal lengths equivalent to 25–600 mm in 35 mm format. The newly developed 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor guarantees exceptional image quality for all applications. A truly universal solution for creative photographers looking for an all-in-one camera, the V-Lux 3 also features extensive broad range of video options and offers video quality comparable to premium-range camcorders.

“The Leica V-Lux 3 combines exceptional performance with the handy size of a compact camera. It offers a vast range of focal lengths and covers almost all photographic situations that usually require the use of a camera system. The V-Lux 3 is therefore an attractive alternative to entry-level DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses,” says Peter Kruschewski, Product Manager for Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera AG.

The Leica V-Lux 3 features a very impressive range of video functions, capturing full-HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 × 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second. This 1080p60 video format not only guarantees the perfect rendition of fast movement in outstanding detail but is also ideal for conversion to alternative resolutions and refresh rates. The entire 24-fold zoom range is available during video recording while an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack.

One of the fastest consecutive shooting cameras in its class, the V-Lux 3 incorporates a high-speed burst-shooting capability: bursts of 12 frames per second at full resolution, or 60 frames per second at a resolution of 3.5 MP.

A reliable aid to photographers in the precise composition and assessment of images, the 3" LCD display with 460,000 pixel resolution delivers an extremely bright and clear view. The monitor screen of the V-Lux 3 can be twisted and turned in almost any direction, opening up entirely new horizons for image composition from even the most unusual angles. When shooting stills or video from above their head or down close to the ground, photographers using the V-Lux 3 always remain in full control.

The design of the Leica V-Lux 3 is characterized by a compact form and extremely simple handling. The camera’s integrated handgrip keeps it steady and its light weight allows for one-handed shooting. All controls are clearly laid out and simple to use. For instance, video recording can be started quickly and easily at the touch of a button on the top deck of the camera.

Supporting Leica Camera’s commitment to an uncompromised customer experience, the Leica V-Lux 3 comes complete with a two-year warranty. The camera also is supplied with a comprehensive software package, including Adobe® Photoshop® Elements and Adobe® Premiere® Elements. The image-processing software Adobe® Photoshop® Elements offers users options for viewing, organization and administration in addition to a wide range of image-processing solutions. Adobe® Premiere® Elements is especially designed for video processing and offers optimum features for processing videos recorded by the V-Lux 3 in AVCHD format, enabling the creation of professional audio and video effects. Both programs are available as free downloads from the Leica Camera website after registration of the camera.

The Leica V-Lux 3 will be available from Leica Camera dealers beginning January 2012.

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Omniryx
By Omniryx (Jan 2, 2013)

Continuing from previous comment...
Now, as to whether the upgrades in the Leica make it worth the premium price compared to the Panasonic, that is a very personal matter. While a number of reviewers have pointed out the superiority of Leica images compared to Panasonic, the differences are not huge and, probably, to the average snapshooter, insignificant. After all, as Ken Rockwell points out, it is the photographer, not the camera, that makes the difference in the quality of the image. Certainly, the Panasonics can capture some very fine images.

So, Mr. VanPat, if the Panasonic meets your needs and your purse, by all means buy one and be happy with it. But do not say that it is identical in quality and performance to the Leica because it is not. And, please, refrain from your envious rants at those who choose to buy Leicas.

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Omniryx
By Omniryx (Jan 2, 2013)

Despite the green-eyed envy implicit in posts like those from DennisVanPat, there really are differences between Leicas and their Panasonic lookalikes. The frame and processing engine are essentially identical. They are designed by Leica and built by Panasonic, making this a case in which Panasonic gets a leg up rather than Leica taking a step down. Leica chose to have Panasonic build them in Japan rather than building them in Germany as a purely economic measure. There is a limit to the amount that buyers will pay for a bridge camera, even with the Leica badge, and production costs in Germany are much higher than in Japan. As to the differences: The exterior body is different, the Leica being of much higher quality with better fit and finish. A few internal parts are upgrades from their Panasonic brothers. Quality assurance is a great deal more stringent for the Leicas. Most important is the difference in firmware. The Leica firmware is superior is virtually every aspect.

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PhotoMomCanada
By PhotoMomCanada (Jun 23, 2012)

I got my Vlux 3 a few weeks ago. I am returning it. I have had a Nikon DX40 for the last 5 years - I got sick of changing lenses so I thought getting a really good name with a built in zoom would be the trick.
I paid - with shipping and all $1000 for this camera and I am very unhappy with it. I am not a pro - but know how to run a camera I think. This one delivers the exact photos that my daughter's $99 pocket camera does - I mean exactly.
I am coming back to Nikon when I get my money back.

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DennisVanPat
By DennisVanPat (Jun 12, 2012)

im done with my little rant dont care about pretentious label hungriness

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DennisVanPat
By DennisVanPat (Jun 12, 2012)

having said that panasonic vlux owners and celebrities like seal with their over pretentious stance on superiority make it look bad for the rest of us who stay true to the essentials of using an old m

love how seal compares how x1 is superior to the x100 with his "facts" backed up by how vivid images look and color and contrast and he has his eyes to back up the "facts"

when he knows if the x100 was the x1 and the x1 was fujis he would defend the x100.

Realize vlux owners will never go to detail about sensor size, focal length, f stop etc.

60 percent of camera owners just have a ps to shoot, 37 percent are just pretentious and the last 3 percent feel its a spiritual thing

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DennisVanPat
By DennisVanPat (Jun 12, 2012)

try your best to justify why leica version is better than the panasonic will only make you look like a fool.

one semi-valid statement of supporting leica branded panasonic cameras is that fools buying brand labeled cameras help research leica's m lenses.

this is false because almost every popular panasonic ps has leica branded on it's lens as this already helps enough.

this is like buying a minolta cl and saying how you support leica's cause because of their history...

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BBsLX5
By BBsLX5 (May 21, 2012)

Firmware's different, I.Q. results reviewed as much better on the Leica. Leica's warranty is twice as long as any Panasonic "twin", and Adobe's Photoshop Elements AND Premiere Elements full versions are included w/ the Leica, vs. only SilkyPix w/ the Panasonic. Total package worth at least the added initial cost of the Leica.

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bobby Hong Kong
By bobby Hong Kong (Mar 7, 2012)

just have a test on v-lux 3 at Leica and fz 150 at Panasonic , it seen that they are actually same , but price is 3000HKG more

For me , I will buy the Leica , because the output is really different,
just like the different between the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 and canon 50mm 1.4 when put on my 5d mark II

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dark goob
By dark goob (Feb 11, 2012)

Don't you people realize? This camera is for a leica owner's WIFE. He also buys her a Ferrari baseball cap!

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Photo Kam
By Photo Kam (Jan 6, 2012)

I just posted sample images in Leica Talk....enlarged some to 16x20 and they look great ! I don't know what the Panasonic images would look like .....Not really my concern. I know what i have in the V-LUX 3 and it works for me.

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Grumpy two
By Grumpy two (Jan 6, 2012)

It is about time some of you people did some homework instead of guessing and carrying on like 10 year old kids.
Leica designed the v-lux 3 and the pan 150 and most of the other Panasonic cameras. Panasonic produce various cameras for Leica and their cameras under various liscences from Leica. At least they are made in Japan and not some sub-world country. Simply put, Not all Leica parts are the same as Panasonic even tho some are identical. However it is the final tweeking that makes the difference. The same goes with Sony, Cannon, Nikon Sony etc.
You can buy genuine Leica cameras and lenses made in Germany. The ones made by Panasonic on behalf of Leica are for the mid and lower end of the market.

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Prof Buzz
By Prof Buzz (Dec 21, 2011)

I have bought both Leica Vlux 1 and Panasonic just to compare. Leica is much more superior than Panasonic in the color depth, color spectrum band and noise. Therefore, I confirm that the firmware in the Leica is different than that of a Panasonic.

Given the cheap price of Leica with the Paasonic body compared to real M or S series, it's worth a buy.

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SilenrocKunst
By SilenrocKunst (Dec 13, 2011)

Be hoped that the quality is better than Fuji x10, because some speed to market, quality is different

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Anepo
By Anepo (Dec 12, 2011)

Leica used to be a GOD among film camera's back in the day.
Today Leica is like the expensive version of walmart
same junk but higher price.

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grahamdyke
By grahamdyke (Dec 12, 2011)

Well I removed the Panasonic badges from mine and underneath there was a Leica badge. In view of this I ran outside to my car and promptly removed the VW badges and low and behold underneath there were Skoda badges :-)

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Kjeld Olesen
By Kjeld Olesen (Dec 12, 2011)

Hi grahamdyke

Argh - you were out of luck, or you need to dig deeper - I removed the Skoda badges of our car and underneath there were rings ... OOOO

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Macist
By Macist (Dec 12, 2011)

No GPS.

Not fit for travel camera, nowadays....

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krassphoto
By krassphoto (Dec 11, 2011)

"Made in Shvitzer-land"

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Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Dec 11, 2011)

its a high quality camera more than a camera with a lot of features..it make spectaculae sport , wildlife, protrait, landscape and urban photos. and thee design and build quality is superb.

just wondering when i read these comments..where are these people who were demading a 12 mp camera because of the superb image quality.. here is the camera they were looking for..and here we can read all the negative comments..

it is quite amazing

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 12, 2011)

Just by looking at the 3 photos of this PanaLeica.... well, to my eyes it looks definitely downmarket. Look at the body. Look at that lens! Where does "LEICA" comes in here, pls? The upcoming Olympus X-S1 blows this baby right out of the water - across the board.

http://fujifilm-x.com/x-s1/en/

It is not really washing any more that every time a Euro-sounding camera or lens maker appears, many folks automatically expect it to be high-end and worth the huge surcharge. Reality mis-match.

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RunStrom
By RunStrom (Dec 11, 2011)

Leica offers very good prizes for "Leica's Only Cameras" competitions. I'd like to see a brave Panasonic FZ-150 owner submit his pictures in, and hopefully win. Of course he/she would have to change the EXIF data to VR-LUX 3, but is his/hers winning photo any "less" in merit because it does not have the red dot of satisfaction.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Dec 10, 2011)

So how much will this camera be sold?

Panasonic FZ-150 was at USD330 on Black Friday.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Dec 10, 2011)

LOL Panasonic.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Veddy original of the Germans. With the € crisis up their behind, no wonder they are a-lagging and a-knocking-off stuff.

Just "love" that pro-style zoom lens on this lamest of things. Anyhow, the upcoming 26x zoom Fuji X-S1 beats this baby right out of the water -- and ring of contention.

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jaykumarr
By jaykumarr (Dec 10, 2011)

actually i own this camera. it s name is FZ-150 ; albeit not this much burst mode.

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Dec 9, 2011)

This camera is great because it removes money from rich people that have more money than sense.

The rest of us in 'coach' just have to make do with exactly the same camera for less money!! :)

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draschan
By draschan (Dec 11, 2011)

hm, it removes mney from the poor. the richt people I know buy the M9-p.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Dec 9, 2011)

Buying this camera is just like adopting a kid for those who don't bear.

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Len_Gee
By Len_Gee (Jan 7, 2012)

RE: "for those who don't bear?" What does that mean?
Sorry, English is not my native language.

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FulviaZagato
By FulviaZagato (Dec 9, 2011)

I purchased a demo FZ-50 in 1-2008 and a demo V-Lux 1 later in the year. The V-Lux must have had a misaligned lens element because it had a soft corner (it was a demo). Leica replaced the lens and thus cured the problem, without any quibbles. Shooting the two cameras side by side in JPEG showed the Leica to have different color balance (V-Lux more subdued), default saturation (V-Lux less) and default sharpness (V-Lux softer). It was possible to even the saturation and sharpness between both cameras by changing their settings to compensate for the differences. I was unable to shift the color balance and anyway, I liked the Leica color better.
I thought there was a different default NR in JPEG, but when I shot RAW I found that the FZ-50 had a noisier sensor than the V-Lux. This may have been due to normal prod run variations or it may have due to Leica getting dibs on the sensors that tested best and Panasonic getting the rest, which would incease the Leica's cost.

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Andrew Higgins
By Andrew Higgins (Dec 9, 2011)

These Panaleica's always make me smile. But I particularly have to stop myself laughing out loud when I meet someone who's bought one...

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Renato Goulart Jasinevicius

Don't smile, laugh!!! You are right that is the spirit!!!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Panasonic and Leica met up at a wild party, went to bed together, and made out like bandits. But when morning came, they had sort of mixed up their identities.

Panaleica -- even her mother couldn't love this love child.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Dec 11, 2011)

Actually, the vastly better swoftware you get with the Leica more than makes up for the price difference as the panny stuff isn't worth having. If you already have photoshop then you know can buy the panny and save a few dollars, so stop this tedious crowing.

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SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (Dec 9, 2011)

I wish more people would just buy it if they liked it, and didn't if they didn't and stopped complaining. The market would adjust accordingly. Don't buy the Leica version and they'll stop making them. Apparently SOMEONE does, so let them. I don't really care if YOU think they're stupid to do so, go on your way and buy what YOU like. Do you (non-specifically) really like photography, or just going on blogs and complaining?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Just going on blogs and complaining is fine -- saves on flash drive media costs, for starters.

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Chango
By Chango (Dec 9, 2011)

Leica, this is not you are supposed to do.....

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Renato Goulart Jasinevicius

I have a V-Lux 2 and I am happy with it. Simple as that!!! I don´t understand why people want so bad to say that this is the same as the panasonic! What is the matter? Everybody who buys a panasonic is because of the LEICA lens and not it is a panasonic, isn´t it? So here is my opinion. Buy a cannon or nikon and you won´t have this headache trying to convince peaple that it is worht buying a panasonic instead of a Leica. You just have to say: I have a C...ou N... I am happy.!

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Dec 9, 2011)

I don't understand why people with V-luxes want so bad to defend their choice. If you want a Leica, have the guts and money to buy a M9 or X1, live with it and get the recognition of the red dot. By the way, Leica needs to sell and if badge engineering is what it takes to keep Leica afloat, then it's fine with me.

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Renato Goulart Jasinevicius

You Do understand!!! It has nothing to do with paying the price you understood my point: people who buys panasonic, buys because the leica optics, and not because the brand panasonic. That is the same reason why people buy NIkon or Canon. Don't pretend you are naif now and did not catch my point!!!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

I love Panasonic cameras, but I would never risk messing up the images they capture by a lens that has any reference to "Leica" in its name. There are so many other, superior optical choices out there, fortunately.

Leica's quality control and customer service is rather dubious as of late, so if you really need a German-inspired lens, might as well go with Carl Zeiss.

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Russell Dawkins
By Russell Dawkins (Dec 9, 2011)

I prefer what I've seen of the images originating in the Leica versions of the Panasonics; I like the extra warranty; I like the better included software; I like supporting what Leica has done over the many years, and I prefer the more conservative look of the Leica versions of these "point -and-shoots". I like the reaction to the red dot of those who would be Panasonic buyers to save money, but actually would rather have a Leica.
I also like the prospect of good re-sale value.
I read a lot of desperate and anguished rationalizing amongst the Panasonic supporters but I don't see much, if any, disappointment or disillusionment in the throngs of Leica owners.
I bought cheap and secondhand, but I'm sure glad I bought a Leica DLux 4.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

If the "red dot" is your primary purpose for getting a Leica-cam, you had probably overpaid for the camera you got! Just the other day, I was at a nearby Staples office supplies store, and they had a package of red dots with the adhesive back in the close-out bin for $1.00. You put just one of those polka dots that on the Lumix, and nobody will know the difference.

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Russell Dawkins
By Russell Dawkins (Dec 10, 2011)

Francis - did it sound to you like the "red dot" was the primary purpose of my choosing Leica over Panasonic?? Your reading comprehension skills need honing!

It just so happens the cameras I like mostly have red dots with the word "Leica" inscribed on them. Some also have "Sigma", "Pentax" and "Fuji".
This red dot obsession afflicts the non-Leica owner mostly, it seems, and is a convenient target for angst and gnashing of teeth.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Russ, don't you know I was pulling your leg (as well as my own)? This here is really just such a funny topic, could not resist being the jester jokemaster. No harm was ever intended to be inflicted on anyone, honestly so.

Being a European, and going through a few German-made lenses and German-made automobiles with less then sterling experience, I will be staying far away from German-sounding products for a while, but that should not stop anybody else from having fun with Leica, Zeiss, etc.

Seriously though, I think that in this day and age it is very smart for two companies to pull resources and collaborate, like Panny and Leica are doing. The synergy thus created can be rather beneficial for both parties, and hopefully, this advantage trickles down to the consumers.

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Peter Sanders
By Peter Sanders (Dec 11, 2011)

Thanx Francis for your last paragraph, you summed up
succinctly the dicourse here, and cannot fault your conclusion.
The Leicas I have had over many decades never let me down
nor did the Leica lenses.
Ok they cost more than the Panny, but, thats not due to
the red dot, but superior quality control of the final product.
Hence the 2 year warranty.
Am reminded of the old adage, you get what you pay for.
In the case of Leica, feel I get it in spades.
nokton

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 12, 2011)

@ Peter Sanders: Okay. Leica w. 2-year warranty is fine, of course, but you can get a 5-year warranty (1-year + 4-years) for any lens Olympus makes for only US$80. And five years is still a longer warranty period than two years.

Now, when you compare all of this to a 10-year warranty given with the Korean automobiles, even 5-years does not strike you as very generous. A 1-year warranty for a camera/optic is nothing short of preposterous, really. Are these things really that poorly made any more?

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Dec 9, 2011)

Bridge Camera from Leica , I can see three places where Leica is written if viewed from front.Moreover I dont like the lens projecting out as focal length changes , no internal focusing.....

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Yeah, Leica had dropped the ball with that one. They should have written the word "LEICA" four times on the front.... 2-times on each side.... and at least 3-times on the rear. Also, why so stingy with just a single red dot? They should have polka dotted the thing all around!

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Corpy2
By Corpy2 (Dec 9, 2011)

Why? Why would Dpreview prepare a samples gallery for this camera?

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steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Dec 8, 2011)

As usual, by the Panasonic version and save a bunch of money.

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krassphoto
By krassphoto (Dec 8, 2011)

Gosh, why don't they just sell a replacement red dot and logo sticker kit for a few hundred bucks?

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kiet
By kiet (Dec 12, 2011)

Yes I would totally pay $150 for a Red Dot kit to turn my Panny into a Leica. The optics on my FZ150 is not getting the respect it deserves.

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amicus70
By amicus70 (Dec 8, 2011)

Woah, don't think the Leica and the Panasonic are the same cameras. Once I wrote to Leica and complained about the much higher price of the Leicas (comparing to the similar Panasonics). You won't believe what happens... A very kind answer with a mile-long list about the differences between the cameras (it was the Panasonic FZ50EG and the Leica V-LUX 1): slightly differences in the architecture, not the same firmware and and and. But really; everyone has to make the decision, if the Leica is worth the higher price. I love my Panasonic ;-)

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dmanthree
By dmanthree (Dec 8, 2011)

Leica can make any claims they want. Same sensor, same lens, same firmware (maybe some cosmetic differences), same body, same EVF, same LCD, and so on. It's an FZ150, make no mistake about it.

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jurajsiska
By jurajsiska (Dec 9, 2011)

Just compare images in galleries in original size from both cameras and see differences ...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Same things these two are, obviously. However, since Europe is now in the proverbial latrine house with their useless €, you will have to pay a whole lot more for this Leica-branded Panny-cam here in the States, so that the Germans taking your $ can help out the Greeks and Portuguese. Simple, really.

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Len_Gee
By Len_Gee (Jan 7, 2012)

It's all BS anyway. The Jap version is just as good and cheaper.

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Dec 8, 2011)

A brief story:
I know what people buys these cameras. Only 3 months ago I laughed at an older and a (much) wealthier friend of mine who wanted to buy the V-Lux 2. He knows nothing about cameras but wanted to replace his ageing Minolta, and wanted a "Leica". He saw the V-Lux 2 at Leica's site, admired it, and he was about to order it. He wouldn't believe me that the V-Lux 2 is basically a re-badged DMC-FZ100, like many of other Leicas are re-badged Panasonics, and if you scratched the Red Dot you'll probably find "Panasonic" underneath. He only believed me when I showed him my FZ-100. I told him he couldn't fool anyone who knew about cameras. And I laughed at him LOUDLY (diabolicaly, he, he...)... I talked to him into a NEX-5N instead and he thankfully listened.

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max metz
By max metz (Dec 8, 2011)

Anyone that's had the joy to use the lens on this camera could not help be overwhelmed by its superb quality given the range. They can stamp Leica all over this camera, just because of the lens design and quality lens manufacture - it's just outstanding.

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Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (Dec 9, 2011)

IT's just a panny lens. Niothing speclail with it.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

Oh, these Panaleica lenses. But sometime I wish Panasonic could make a good lens entirely on its own. But then again, they are in the camera-making business... and not in the lens-making business.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Dec 8, 2011)

Under-priced and under featured for the target market. Leica could have built a 25mm-400mm equivalent zoom with a 1" sensor and sell it for $2,500. The $10k "platinum" upgrade could feature, well, platinum trimming.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Dec 8, 2011)

Cy... the point you are missing is that Leica has never built their own P&S camera with the sole exception of the X1.

Their film P&S cameras were made by Minolta, then rebadged as Leicas.

Their digital P&S camers were first made by Fuji at first, and then later by Panasonic... then rebadged as Leicas.

Whether a firmware tweek is worth $300 more is something that each buyer can decide for themselves. I suspect these cameras sell to people who like the prestiege of carrying around a camera that has a Leica logo on it.

And that is valid too. Because it is... after all... their money.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Dec 8, 2011)

And here is a complete list of Leica digital fixed lens cameras:

1998 Leica Digilux............. Fuji MX-700
2000 Leica Digilux Zoom.... Fuji MX-1700
2000 Leica Digilux 4.3....... Fuji 4700 Zoom
2002 Leica Digilux 1.......... Panasonic LC5
2003 Leica Digilux 2.......... Panasonic LC1
2006 Leica D-Lux 2........... Panosonic LX1
2006 Leica C-Lux-1........... Panasonic FX01
2006 Leica D-Lux-3........... Panasonix LX2
2006 Leica Diglux 3........... Panasonic L1
2006 Leica V-Lux-1........... Panasonic FZ50
2007 Leica C-Lux-2........... Panasonic FX30
2008 Leica C-Lux-3........... Panasonic FX37
2008 Leica D-Lux-4........... Panasonic LX3
2009 Leica X-1................. Actually Built by Leica
2010 Leica V-Lux-2........... Panasonic FZ100
2010 Leica V-Lux-20..........Panasonic ZS7
2010 Leica D-Lux-5........... Panasonic LX5
2011 Leica V-Lux-30......... Panasonic ZS10
2011 Leica V-Lux-3........... Panasonic FZ150

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 10, 2011)

The "Leica name..." These days, not quite what it used to be in the heady 1960s and 70s, I suppose.

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KeshavaYelahanka
By KeshavaYelahanka (Dec 11, 2011)

I completely agree with you mr. Carver

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Dec 8, 2011)

I prefer to see Lumix in the camera instead of Leica, but only on this bridges cameras made by Panasonic Lumix and branded Leica, but on the Leicas M I like to see Leica :)

Anyway this is a good camera, and it comes with good software and Leica warranty, that makes a difference, small one but many appreciate that

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Midwest
By Midwest (Dec 8, 2011)

I took one glance at the panel of sample photos, saw the blue-ish white balance, and said 'aha, another Panny > Leica.'

Not commenting on the camera other than that.

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Dec 8, 2011)

You can already buy this camera brand new on ebay for about 300 GBP. Ok, it says "Panasonic" on the front, but I sure wouldn't care less for that.

1 upvote
newe
By newe (Dec 8, 2011)

will cost you £690. There will also be an optional outdoor case that will set you back £135. LOL

1 upvote
Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Dec 8, 2011)

Would anyone with a brain buy this badged and overpriced Panasonic clone - yes - people who value that red badge... but not me!

0 upvotes
MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Dec 8, 2011)

Leica / Panasonic should make a deal with Canon to make full function controle of Canon speedlite flashes manual from 1/64 till full power and - E-TTL.

0 upvotes
MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Dec 8, 2011)

Wonder if this one also supports the Canon Speedlite Flash (triggering only).

0 upvotes
Flaish
By Flaish (Dec 11, 2011)

Panasonic takes the same speedlite as the Cannon. It is fully functional on it.

0 upvotes
cosmoxl
By cosmoxl (Dec 8, 2011)

Leica rebadged the Panasonic FZ-50 and many people claimed that it offered slightly better image quality than the FZ-50.

This has software, and better service and warranty.

Still, probably not worth the premium.

0 upvotes
MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Dec 8, 2011)

No RAW ? Sure ? Thats strange. Maybe highspeedvideo 220 fps @ 640 x 480 instead ? Those fuction appear at this moment in recent P+S camera's.

0 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Dec 8, 2011)

it does have raw

1 upvote
max metz
By max metz (Dec 8, 2011)

I don't think some want to know Simon. lol

0 upvotes
MediaDigitalVideo
By MediaDigitalVideo (Dec 8, 2011)

Own the Pana DMC-FZ100. Love it. Only thing yet the surface of the LCD screen. Within notime the shield or protectionlayer on this screen got damaged just by cleaning. Anyone else same experience. O ye, can't wake up the DMC-FZ100 by wired remote when it got in sleepmode (Powerswitch is still ON) Maybe a firmware update Pana ? Thx.

0 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Dec 8, 2011)

This reminds me of a marketing class. People are willing to pay high-end prices for average quality, when they are conviced that a product is prestigous.

In one case, a Champagne maker lowered their price, and the result was lower sales. The product no longer appealed to people who insisted on spending big bucks on Champagne.

In another case, mediocre quality scotch sold like crazy, because it had a high-end looking bottle design, and a high-end price.

2 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Dec 8, 2011)

No RAW no thanks

1 upvote
Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Dec 8, 2011)

The only thing RAW is the deal - it stinks!

0 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Dec 8, 2011)

It does have a raw mode

1 upvote
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