Summary: You can find competing ultra-zoom cameras with similar features and image quality for a lot less, but the Leica brand name does appeal to some. For those buyers, reviewers say the Leica V-Lux 30 is worth the price. The bottom line If the Leica brand is not a plus for you, experts point to the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (*Est. $230) , which earns the best reviews among ultra-zoom cameras, as a lower-priced alternative.
Pros: Bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Stylish retro design, Good image and video quality
Cons: More expensive than competition, Noise reduction evident at low ISOs
Pros: 10.2-megapixel sensor, 2.8-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD monitor, ISO 100-1600 sensitivity range, Program shift option, Lower noise than D-LUX 2, Wide viewing angle for LCD monitor screen, MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization, $225 less that D-LUX 2, Good button layout and control access, Sharp Leica Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.9 ASPH lens, Selectable, 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9 aspect ratios, Live histogram, SDHC memory card compatibility, 13 MB internal memory, Wide, 8- 1/2000 second sh...
Cons: $195 more expensive than the Panasonic version (Lumix DMC LX-2), Red-eye problems with built-in flash, Poor max. aperture (f/4.9) and aperture range (f/4.9-8.0) at maximum telephoto length (112mm), Poor action photography performance, Too large to fit in shirt pocket, $195 more expensive than the Panasonic version (Lumix DMC LX-2), Red-eye problems with built-in flash, Poor max. aperture (f/4.9) and aperture range (f/4.9-8.0) at maximum telephoto length (112mm), Poor ...
Excerpt: There’s a new travel zoom on the block in the shape of the Leica V-Lux 30, a 14.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.33 CMOS sensor incorporating, 16x optical zoom model with sophisticated accents yet familiar boxy styling. In fact, it resembles a re-badge-d version of a less expensive product that’s been out several months.
Pros: Very broad focal range from a camera that will still readily slip into a trouser pocket, sturdy feel “built to last” construction, intuitive to use, 16x optical zoom can be used when recording Full HD stereo video, 3D mode, built-in GPS
Cons: Costs as much as step-up DSLR with standard lens combo, maximum selectable ISO only ISO 1600
Excerpt: Like it or not, being a Leica owner costs. And to paraphrase 80s show Fame, right here is where you start paying… in the case of the V-LUX 30 compact snapshot the princely sum of £550 or thereabouts. Those of you already spitting out a mouthful of coffee will be aware that's a cool £200+ more than the comparable Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 'travel zoom', which likewise marries a 14.1 megapixel resolution from a 1/2.33 CMOS sensor to a 16x optical reach, and yet slides...
Excerpt: With a suggested price of £550 meaning that it’s a straight choice between this and a more fully featured DSLR or compact system camera such as Pentax’s Q for many, the elegantly sophisticated Leica V-Lux 30 is far from great value. However that doesn’t stop it for us, being the ultimate ‘travel zoom’ currently in contention.
Pros: Build and features, Pick up and shoot usability, Up-to-the-minute tech
Cons: Price tag, Expensive for point and shoot, Modest light sensitivity
Conclusion: Kameras mit dem roten Leica-Punkt waren noch nie zum Schnäppchenpreis zu haben. Doch im Falle der V-Lux 30 besteht aus unserer Sicht kein Grund für den Aufpreis: Die Reisezoom-Kamera übernimmt die absolut überzeugende Ausstattung von der Panasonic TZ22, jedoch auch deren enttäuschende Bildqualität, die unter dem Durchschnitt dieser Kameraklasse bleibt.
Pros: Viele manuelle Einstellmöglichkeiten, GPS, Überzeugendes Full-HD-Video, Software im Lieferumfang
Cons: Sehr hoher Preis, Viel Bildrauschen, geringe Detailtreue, Auslöseverzögerung im Tele