Leica V-Lux 4

Leica V-Lux 4 FlashWith the LEICA V-LUX 4 Leica extends the line of travel cameras with big range of focal lengths. Compared to the V-LUX 3 nothing changed here: The camera has still 25-600 mm (35mm equivalent) which should be enough for most photographic purposes.

Constant Maximum Aperture f2.8

The biggest improvement in optical aspects is the maximum aperture: The built-in lens now has constant maximum aperture of f2.8 over the whole range. The predecessor V-LUX 3 went down to f5.2 at 600mm.

Sensor And Viewfinder

The sensitivity went up one step (now ISO 6400), which makes the camera more suitable for low light situations. The CMOS sensor still has 12 MP but the bulit-in electronic viewfinder has a dramatically increased resolution of now 1.3 MP (V-LUX 0.2 MP)

LEICA V-LUX 4 Images

Fast, high-performance and universal:

The LEICA V-LUX 4 – the new Leica compact camera for travel, wildlife and sport photography

With the Leica V-Lux 4, Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents a digital compact camera that unites a high-performance lens, outstanding imaging quality and superior speed in a handy format. An wide range of video functions and an impressive package of features make it a true all-round camera that, thanks to its enormous versatility – and significantly lower weight – an attractive alternative to comparable SLR system.

The Leica V-Lux 4 features a newly designed and constructed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5–108 mm f/2.8 ASPH. 24-fold super-telephoto zoom lens with an enormous range of focal lengths equivalent to 25–600 mm in 35 mm format. For photographers who like to shoot landscapes, architecture, sport, travel, portraits or wildlife, this enormously flexible lens makes the new V-Lux 4 ideal for almost all photographic situations. A particular highlight for a camera in this class is the constant maximum aperture of f2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. This makes it possible to capture pin-sharp images at greater distances, even under unfavourable lighting conditions. Its high speed and an integrated optical image stabiliser allow the use of shorter shutter speeds that ensure fewer shots with camera shake when shooting handheld. In combination with longer focal lengths, the large initial aperture of f2.8 allows a high degree of creative freedom for experimentation with planes of focus and depth of field.

A maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400 and a new 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor ensure outstanding imaging results in all photographic situations – even under unfavourable lighting conditions. Still pictures and video recordings captured by the V-Lux 4 are characterised by high dynamic range and natural, perfectly saturated, colours. The camera captures even fast-moving subjects in richly-detailed and pin-sharp images. The autofocus of the Leica V-Lux 4 reacts to changes within the image frame in less than a tenth of a second and makes it possible to reliably capture fast-moving subjects – which makes it, for example, ideal for sport photography. Users also benefit from this when shooting continuous sequences. The V-Lux 4 delivers up to 12 frames per second at full resolution

Just like its forerunner, the Leica V-Lux 4 features an extensive range of video functions. The camera captures Full HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 × 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second. The entire 24-fold zoom range is available during video recording and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack. Video data can be saved in Internet-compatible MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion.

The new electronic viewfinder V-Lux 4, with a resolution of 1.4 megapixels and a 100″ field of view, is a reliable aid for assessing subject framing and exposure settings. Particularly convenient is the new zoom function that can be used to magnify the subject . The settings and functions displayed on the monitor screen and in the viewfinder are identical. The viewfinder also features dioptre correction and is a very attractive and practical alternative to assessing images on the camera monitor screen, particularly when shooting in bright light.

The 3″ LCD display with 460,000 pixel resolution delivers an extremely bright and clear view and is a reliable aid to photographers in the precise composition and assessment of images. As a further aid to creative photography, the monitor screen can be freely rotated in almost any direction and lets users shoot from even the most unusual angles. Whether shooting stills or video from above their head or down close to the ground, photographers always have complete control of image assessment.

The design of the Leica V-Lux 4 is characterised by compact size and extremely easy handling. Its integrated handgrip keeps it steady in your hands, and its light weight even lets you shoot one-handed. All of its 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.

The Leica V-Lux 4 will be available from authorised Leica dealers from November 2012. The camera is supplied complete with the professional still picture and video processing software Adobe® Photoshop Lightroom® 4.

Technical data LEICA V-LUX 4

Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.5 – 108 mm f/2.8 ASPH. (equivalent to 25 – 600 mm in 35 mm format), 14 elements in 11 groups (5 aspherical lenses, 9 aspherical surfaces)
Optical image stabiliser Yes
Zoom optical/digital 24×/4×
Modes Normal/Macro
Metering modes Face recognition, AF tracking, 23-field, 1-field
Distance-setting range
P/A/S/M 30 cm (wide-angle) / 2 m (telephoto) – ∞
Macro/Intelligent/Auto/Video 1 cm (wide-angle) / 1 m (telephoto) – ∞
Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS with 12.8 MP (effective 12.1 MP)
Still image 16:9 format: 4000 x 2248 pixels, 3264 x 1840 pixels, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 360 pixels
3:2 format: 4000 x 2672 pixels, 3264 x 2176 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels
4:3 format: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
1:1 format: 2992 x 2992 pixels, 2448 x 2448 pixels, 1920 x 1920 pixels, 1536 x 1536 pixels, 480 x 480 pixels
Video 16:9 format:
60p: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 29 min per clip)
60i: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 29 min per clip)
60p: 1280 x 720 pixels (max. 29 min per clip)
16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 29 min per clip) 1280 x 720 pixels (max. 29 min per clip)
4:3 format: 640 x 480 pixels (max. 29 min per clip)
3D 16:9 format: 1920 × 1080 (MPO format)
Exposure control
Exposure modes Automatic programme (P), automatic aperture priority (A), automatic shutter priority (S), manual setting (M)
Exposure compensation Increments: 1/3 EV increments, range: ±3 EV
Scene modes Portrait, Soft skin, Self-portrait, Scenery, Panorama assist, Sports, Night portrait, Night scenery, HDR, Food, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, 3D Photo
Metering modes Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
White balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Manual setting
Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800,1600, 3200, 6400
Shutter speeds 60 s–1/4000 s
Continuous shooting/burst rate
(max. number of pictures/max. resolution)
2 fps: 100/12 MP
5.5 fps: 100/12 MP
12 fps: 12/12 MP
40 fps: 40/5 MP
60 fps: 60/2.5 MP
Flash modes AUTO, AUTO with pre-flash (red-eye reduction), AUTO with slow sync and pre-flash, on, off
Working range 30 cm – 13.5 m [Wide/ISO Auto],
1.0 m – 13.5 m [Tele/ISO Auto],
Self-timer 2/10 sec. delay
Monitor 3.0’’-TFT-LCD, 460,000 pixels, field of view: approx. 100%, automatic brightness adjustment
Microphone/speaker Stereo/mono
Storage media
Internal memory Approx. 70 MB
Memory cards SD: 8 MB – 2 GB,
SDHC: 4 GB – 32 GB,
SDXC: 48 GB–64 GB
Interfaces Digital: USB, Mini-HDMI cable (Type C), AV-out: (PAL), charger socket, microphone
Operating temperature/ humidity 0–40°C/10–80%
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage/capacity 7.2V/1250 mAh (540 images, CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W × H × D) 125.2 × 86.6 × 110.2 mm
Weight 589.5 g (with memory card and battery)
Printer compatibility PictBridge
Scope of delivery Camera with lens cap, battery charger, battery , lens hood, carrying strap, AV cable, USB cable, CD with detailed instructions

About The Author

Andreas is Photo Engineer and lives in Bonn, Germany. He runs the international Leica Forum, the Systemkamera Forum (about CSC cameras) and the Fuji X Forum. Google+


  1. This camera is badly in need of a better users manual. The one provided is sketchy at best. Any plans for a more detailed one?

  2. Harry is absolutely right. Leica may want to invest in a better lens cap along with a better users manual. Very disappointed in that area. Love the camera but I know I am just scratching the top of what the camera can do. Help.

  3. I agree with Harry. I’m frustrated with the manual.

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