Leica V-LUX 2
Released October, 2010
The Pros:Takes good daytime nature shots where no one subject needs to be hilighted. Light weight for the size makes it easy to bring on hikes.
The Cons:Zooming goes very slowly, takes some time to get to maximum length. Auto-focus struggles when zooming. Body is small, made of light weight plastics, feels flimsy and awkward.
The Leica V-LUX 2 is a compact digital camera described by critics as a re-badged Panasonic FZ100. They both look familiar and share similar components like a high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 4.5-108mm f/2.8/5.2 ASPH zoom lens, a 14.1MP CMOS sensor, a 3” (460k) swivel screen, and the same chassis—though the buttons have clearly been rearranged.
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Regardless of the similarities, there are some worthwhile features to consider, such as an 11fps burst mode, 1080i video capture, a 24x superzoom capability, and a 7.2V, 895mAh proprietary lithium-ion battery. However the big concern is over why the price is so high, when it’s nearly the exact same thing as the $499.99 FX100.
- Compact/Lightweight Digital Camera
- 14.1MP CMOS Image Sensor
- LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 4.5-108mm 4/2.8-5.2 ASPH Zens
- 25-600mm in 35mm Format (Focal Lengths)
- 24x Superzoom Capability
- Rotating 3” LCD Display
- 1080i-AVCHD Full HD Video
- Integrated Microphone w/Wind Noise Filter
- High-Speed Burst Mode @11fps (14.1MP)
- High-Speed Burst Mode @60fps (2.8MP)
- Integrated Handgrip
- Adobe Photoshop Element 8
User Reviews (2)
takes good daytime nature shots where no one subject needs to be hilighted
light weight for the size makes it easy to bring on hikes
zooming goes very slowly, takes some time to get to maximum length
auto-focus struggles when zooming
body is small, made of light weight plastics, feels flimsy and awkward
rear dial turns roughly, difficult to get it to the right setting without having to rotate back and forth
lens doesn't focus light well, results in grainy photos
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