Leica V-LUX 1

Announced Sep 14, 2006 •
10 megapixels | 2 screen | 35 – 420 mm (12×)
princewolf
 
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I am the lucky few who are the last to own this wonderful camera, and although I knew it would be a great machine, I couldn't have expected that much. 1) The zoom/focus rings are great, have nice feel and precision. Once I forgot the focus mode on AF and tried to twist the focus barrel, but no problem! AF doesn't rotate the ring itself and just disengages the manual focus ring-no problem of damaging gears(still, don't try this at home though) 2) The auto-focus is in a smooth manner I haven't ...

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Digilogue
 
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I have used the V-Lux 1 for one year now - and I enjoy it very much. The reasons why so are not purely related to its sharpness or image noise level (which are quite good, but, to be honest, DSLRs are simply better), or to its great all-in-one-compactness and versatility, but to several advantages that are very important for me: - it is silent, especially if compared to DSLRs - it allows for a very concentrated way of taking photos - an excellent dynamic range regarding the sensor size - ...

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Kelly B
 
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Sharp and more sharp. Yes there may better "other stuff" (features) on other cameras, including the so-called "Pro Models" that Nikon, Cannon etc. profess to have that makes them grrreat. However, there is still one feature that supersedes all the rest - LENS QUALITY. Having owned Nikon, Pentax and Cannon cameras (all very good) and doing the same standardized test to check lens sharpness, Leica is a walk away winner. Yes, great metering, sensors, live views, blah blah blah are all good ...

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JPP01
 
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Very nice build and feel with logical control arrangement in most cases. The zoom range gives the "potential" for a one-size-fits-all, do-everything traveller's camera. When the V-Lux 1 hits the exposure correctly, the photos are superb with very natural colour. The flash ouput, within range, produced generally accurate renditions. Problems: I wanted to love this camera and certainly think it is a reasonable value since I bought it used for less than $450, but there are many disappointments ...

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yamarch
 
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Great megazoom camera. It performs wonderfully and the image quality is razor sharp. Fast lens and full manual controls provide great RAW captures. Ergonomically well designed and nice built quality even though the body is plastic. Menu interface is intuitive and easy to use. My other camera, a Canon 20D (a great camera too with wonderful features) seldomly gets used these days as the V-Lux is my camera of choice for most situations, especially when traveling. A total joy to use!

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Phil Douglis
 
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I am a teacher of visual literacy and use the V-Lux-1 to make examples for my teaching galleries on the internet. (I also use the D-Lux-3 for wideangle images.). This camera is an ideal tool for travel photography with superb zoom-range, flip out viewfinder, image stabilization and much lighter in weight than any DSLR. As for image quality, much depends upon how you will use the pictures made by this camera. If you are making large prints, the image quality may leave much to be desired, since ...

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alchet
 
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I have used this camera for a couple of months and am very pleased with it's performance. I have shot a variety of subjects under various lighting conditions and am completely satisfied with it's performance. I find I carry it more than my Olympus E-330. Problems: None

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gwellsy
 
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Firstly I wholeheartedly agree with the comments made by Veroman about this camera. I bouhgt one last November (2006) and could not wait to get my hands on it. I was sadly disappointed with the picture quality in both jpeg and in RAW mode. On the + side the features, lens, ergonomics were all to my liking. However, a cameras job is to take pictures and it just cannot cut the mustard there. I fealt that no matter what settings I tried, and believe me in the three months before selling the ...

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veroman
 
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I recently tried the Leica V-Lux 1 before deciding whether or not to purchase one. I took an SD card to my local camera shop, an authorized Leica dealer, and shot RAW at ISO 100, 200 and 400 and shot JPEG tests at 200, 400 and 800. I shot for about 45 minutes, both indoors and out. I used auto-focus as well as manual focus, and I shot in aperture priority most of the time. I was very disappointed and quite surprised at the results when I got home. I had expected significantly better image ...

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PCK
 
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This is one unreal Amazing camera, with every imaginable film camera feautre and with even superior results then even a film camera. This camera has completely retired my Nikon N90, FM3a, My other Leica V-Lux 1, has even officially retired my Nikon F5, with very close to better results. Planing now on selling my F5 with all its lenses accessories flashes, for the new Leica M8. Once you play with Leica The Best you just cant deal with the rest. Problems: The only problem I have only ...

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