Summary: Four years down the line I have just bought one on e-bay for £50. Not bad seeing that Leica charge£70 for a spare battery. They say in the 165 pages of instruction sheets that a non-leica battery might cause the camera to explode?
Summary: The Leica V-LUX 20 12.1 MP is small and discrete, but packs powerful optics and a wide variety of features in its small body. The zoom lens is extremely sharp and its sensor produces images with all zones. This model has been compared with Panasonic DMCs but I own both and prefer the Leica. That little red dot matters. There was one tiny cosmetic blemish on the body but it is the image that matters.
Very overpriced Panasonic camera with mediocre picture quality
8 December 2011
Summary: The pictures taken with this camera are OK as long as you just look at them on the computer screen (zoomed out). This may be advertised as a 12 Megapixel camera, but the sensor is not capable of capturing that much detail. I compared this camera to a 5 year old Panasonic Lumix LX2 and the Leica was not significantly better when it comes to detail in the pictures.
Summary: I reviewed the features and ratings on the Canon G12, Nikon coolpix p7000 and the Leica V-Lux20 12.1. The Leica had the best mix of features I was looking for. Additionally the ratings and reputation of true Leica cameras made the decision easy. The photos exceed my expectation (a little sad I don't use my SLR as much). Absolutely worth every penny!!!
Summary: I am writing on the Lecia model I bought which is Lecia V-Lux 2 14. mp not Lecia V-Lux 12.1 megapixal as the ebay review guide indicates. I have found the product a little less quality than I would expect from Lecia. For me,it is not as comfortable to use, or hold as Lecia usually thinks things through. It does create very impressive images, especially when using the widest lens settings. I am not at all happy with the quality produced in it's telephoto mode.
Summary: I am inclined to agree with reviewer RT about the V-Lux 20. I too own the D-Lux 4, and also a Nikon D3S. I was looking for something of Leica quality, but with the added reach of the extra zoom lens. I bought my D-Lux 4 a year ago with a then-in-place rebate from Leica, so I paid exactly the same for my D-Lux 4 as I just paid for the V-Lux 20, so they are worth comparing.
Summary: I bought this camera for Christmas in 2010 and didn't use it until February 2011. By the time I got around to taking it on the Queen Mary 2 and on a car tour of Germany in July, 2012 it started to produce pictures with black spot in them. There was also a smear which was visible only in certain bright lights. It gave out totally before I reached home. Even the lens wouldn't work. I had it professionally cleaned, but I still can detect the smear.