Excerpt: Here’s another LeicaPana compact with a Leica lens married to a Panasonic-designed body and electronics. And if you think the V-LUX 20 looks like the latter’s Lumix DMC-ZS7 (or DMC-TZ10 in Australia) you’re precisely on the money. There are some differences: among them a slightly different handgrip and some other cosmetic detail plus movie capture in Motion JPEG instead of AVCHD at the top res.
Excerpt: Based off the cheaper and better equipped Panasonic ZS7 ($345) , the V-Lux 20 should fulfill its duty as a Leica compact point & shoot. That is, once the lights and music have faded, and the sobering realization that carrying a $7,000 M9 is neither practical or cavalier. The matte-black superzoom features a 12.1 megapixel 25-300mm superzoom Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2 f/3.3-4.9 ASPH lens, 11-point autofocus, SD/SDHC/SDXC card storage, built-in GPS tagging, 720p/60fps...
Excerpt: Sure, you like to travel and take photos, but with so many destinations how do you keep track of where you’ve been and what you’ve shot? The answer: Get a GPS-enabled camera that will geotag your photos for you. The Leica V-Lux 20 is just such a device, and it looks nearly identical to the Panasonic ZS7, which has similar sat-tracking capabilities.
Summary: This new Japanese-built Leica, the V-LUX 20, is probably the most sophisticated compact camera around. It delivers Leica-looking photos and has what inferior gadget writers irritatingly call “all the bells and whistles”. So why, therefore, have I bought the more expensive Leica X1, which I reviewed in June , even though it’s heavier, is based on a 1925 design, has a fixed lens and nary whistle nor bell? I don’t think it’s pretentiousness.
Conclusion: We cannot help but feel the Leica V-Lux 20 is very overpriced no matter how you look at it. It’s certainly less brash in terms of styling and while the all-metal build and features are good, they are no better than the Lumix and certainly so in terms of the HD movie shooting, though arguably the AVCHD Lite format of the Lumix is less broadly compatible than the Leica’s QuickTime format.
Pros: Great image quality, good detail at lower ISOs, all-metal stylish design, AF system, lens
Cons: Noise at sensitivity is noticeable, price, no optical viewfinder, underpowered flash, blotchy shadows, detail smoothed away at high ISOs, no RAW capture
Leica V-Lux 20 - pierwsze wrażenia i zdjęcia testowe
23 September 2010
Excerpt: Leica V-Lux 20 to solidnie wykonany, kieszonkowy superzoom, bliski kuzyn Panasonika Lumix TZ10. Aparat charakteryzuje się niewielkimi gabarytami i dużym zakresem zooma zaczynającym się od szerokiego kąta na 25 mm, a kończący na 300 mm.
Summary: Leica V-Lux20 è una fotocamera compatta con sensore da 12 megapixel, obiettivo zoom 12x con focali da 25 a 300 millimetri, display a colori da 3 pollici, ricevitore GPS integrato e capacità di registrare filmati HD