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Leica V-Lux 5: Camera with 16X Optical Zoom Capability and 4K Video

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Leica has just released newest camera, Leica V-Lux 5. Leica V-Lux 5 is a premium prosumer camera. This new Leica camera has a design like a DSLR camera. That is the viewfinder window in the middle and top of the camera. Leica V-Lux 5 has the grip of a deep grip too. The Leica V-Lux 5 Series is designed for travelers who don’t want to bother changing lenses when traveling. Yups … Leica V-Lux 5 cannot exchange lenses. Leica V-Lux 5 features a wide zoom range. Has a 25mm wide angle focal distance to 400mm super telephoto. This camera lens has a fairly large opening that is f / 2.8 in the wide angle and f / 4 in the telephoto.

Many features that will facilitate travelers. Like the LCD screen can be rotated and folded. This capability makes it easy when taking pictures with difficult angles. The LCD screen is also very friendly for selfie or vlogging. The weight of the Leica V-Lux 5 tends to be mild. Weighing only 812 grams, including batteries and memory cards. Leica V-Lux 5 has a lot of control in the physical camera. Among them there are two dials on the top of the camera, and there are seven FN (function) buttons that can be customized according to the needs and habits of its users.

The Leica V-Lux 5 is a twin of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II which slid on the market in February 2019. Leica besides boasting 16x optical zoom capability, this camera also has many interesting features. Following the review.

Main Features

We know, that Leica V-Lux 5 relies on its zoom capability. Optical Zoom can reach 16x. Wide angle focal distance of 25mm to 400mm super telephoto. In addition, the Leica V-Lux 5 also has good recording capabilities. The ability to record video up to 4K resolution with a frame rate of 24, 25 or 30fps. This is in accordance with the purpose of the Leica V-Lux 5 for travelers.

Another prominent feature on the Leica V-Lux 5 is the 90 millisecond autofocus speed. Besides continuous shooting 12 frames per second. The Leica V-Lux 5 also carries 4K Photo mode at 30fps. This series also has a Post-Focus option and changes the focus point after taking a picture. The Leica V-Lux 5 also has a focus build-up feature to produce images with more focus.

Leica V-Lux 5
Leica V-Lux 5

Battery Life

The Leica V-Lux 5 has a 400 battery life. This is consistent with Leica or CIPA test results. The battery on this camera can be charged using USB using a micro-USB cable. However, Leica has not yet updated to USB type C in this series. The battery used is the same as the FZ1000 or FZ1000 II. Leica does not provide a backup battery. So, you can buy it separately.

Supporting Features

Leica V-Lux 5
Leica V-Lux 5

The Leica V-Lux 5 has also developed an OLED electronic viewfinder. In addition, Leica also complete it with a flip touch screen panel. This will make it easier for novice photographers. Because with the touch screen, automatic mode is useful and smart functions like face recognition or continuous shooting.

The Leica V-Lux 5 also features a 20-megapixel one-inch sensor. Furthermore, the Leica V-Lux 5 is the first camera that can be used with the Leica FOTOS Application. To use this application, users can simply connect the camera to iOS. If their Android Martphone is via Bluetooth so it can be operated completely remotely.

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The Leica V-Lux 5 has ISO 12800 sensitivity and an integrated optical image stabilizer. As for the lens, this series has a Leica Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146mm f / 2.8-4 lens. Thus providing outstanding image performance whether shooting in macro, wide angle, standard or telephoto settings.

Leica V-Lux 5
Leica V-Lux 5

This Series has a 3-inch LCD on the back of the Leica V-Lux 5. Leica provides the prosumer camera’s LCD screen with a resolution of 1.24 MP. In comparison, the V-Lux Type 114 has a 920,000 pixel LCD panel resolution. Thus, the successor has a higher resolution.

Weaknesses of Leica V-Lux 5

Leica V-Lux
Leica V-Lux 5

Although Lucia V-Lux 5 is designed for travelers, this camera is not equipped with weather-sealed. to take pictures in bad weather conditions and dusty must be careful. Besides that if we shoot in backlight conditions, for example directing the lens to the sun, can cause flares. The image quality produced from this camera is not as good as a camera with a larger sensor.

This camera is recommended for those who like to go traveling. With the ability of the lens with a wide zoom range, the Leica V-Lux 5 will help travelers when taking pictures. The Leica V-Lux 5 can now be available and sold for US $ 1250. The price is more expensive when compared to the Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II, whose sale price is US $ 900. How, are you interested in the latest camera from Leica?


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