The Leica V-Lux 3 is the latest high-end digital compact camera for the premium photography brand and offers users a larger form-factor than the likes of the Leica D-Lux 5, in return for some hefty zooming capabilities and more premium features than might be found on the lower specced models. Here are our first impressions of the pre-production model that Leica kindly lent to us...
Leica V-Lux 3: Design
The design of the V-Lux allows the camera to be sturdy but also not too light, by combining the DSLR-style design with a fixed lens you can combine better quality images but still maintain a lower cost.
Leica V-Lux 3: Features
This is where Leica has also taken a note out of someone else’s book - the entire camera is based on a Panasonic chassis and User-interface. What this results in is some very basic on-screen animations and what feels like a Panasonic-based camera that has been mildly altered with the on-screen functionality made slightly more complex.
Leica V-Lux 3: Picture quality
The key reason for shelling out on a Leica is the image quality, and in this department the V-Lux 3 does not disappoint in the slightest. Boasting a colossal 24x super-telephoto lens, this camera is capable of seeing things that most compacts can only dream of.
Leica V-Lux 3: Verdict
The V-Lux 3 is a complete conundrum of a product, on the one hand its cheapish design and feel makes it feel like a souped up Panasonic equivalent while on the other, the images it takes are so good you may not care.
Leica V-Lux 3 review: Hands-on
Leica V-Lux 3 review: Hands-onT3
The Leica V-Lux 3 is the brand’s latest high-end digital compact camera and comes complete with superzoom capability
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