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Leica Introduces V-Lux 5 Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

10 July 2019

Leica has announced its V-Lux 5, the newest iteration of the compact V-Lux line, featuring a 25-400mm equivalent zoom lens and large 1" sensor along with high-speed autofocus and 12-fps burst shooting.

The camera is distinguished by its ergonomic SLR design housing a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and 3.0-inch 1.24m-dot articulating touchscreen LCD. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth permit wireless sharing imagery and remote control of the camera from a linked smartphone or tablet using the Leica Fotos app.


Highlights of the new Leica include:

  • 20.1-megapixel 1" sensor
  • 9.1mm-146mm (25-400mm 35mm equivalent) f2.8-4 ASPH. lens
  • 2.36-Mp OLED EVF with 0.74x magnification
  • 3.0-inch 1.24m-dot articulating LCD monitor
  • High-speed AF
  • 12 fps continuous burst shooting
  • 4K video recording and 4K photo modes
  • WiFi and Bluetooth


Specifications for the V-Lux 5 include:

Sensor 20.1-megapixel CMOS 1" sensor
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
87-Mb internal memory
Viewfinder OLED EVF with 2,360,000 dots
100 percent coverage
Monitor 3.0-inch articulated touchscreen LCS
1,240,000 dots
100 percent coverage
Shutter Mechanical: 60 to 1/4000 seconds, Bulb
Electronic: 1 to 1/16000 seconds
Frame Rate Up to 12 fps at 20.1-Mp
Up to 30 fps at 8-Mp
ISO Auto, 125 to 12,800
Extended: 80 to 25,600
Autofocus Yes
Live View Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Flash Built-in
Hot shoe
Movie MP4: UHD 4K (3840x2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
Stereo microphone
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth
USB 2.0 Micro-B, Micro HDMI
Power Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
440 Shots
Dimensions 5.39 x 3.88 x 5.15 inches
Weight 29.28 oz.

Focal Length 9.1mm to 146mm
25mm to 400mm 35mm eEquivalent
Aperture Minimum: f2-8 to f4.0
Minimum Focus Macro: One foot
Normal: 3 feet 3 inches
Magnification 1.88x
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread 62mm


Leica said the V-Lux is available now for $1,250. Adorama and B&H are both now accepting orders.

As Many Different Facets as Life Itself: The Leica V-Lux 5

With the Leica V-Lux 5, Leica Camera AG presents one of the most versatile and multifaceted cameras in its product portfolio. A particularly high-performance zoom lens and a newly developed, larger sensor ensure excellent imaging performance. Its bright and clear OLED electronic viewfinder and a fully articulated touchscreen panel on the back make composition easy and efficient. Thanks to fast autofocus and a high continuous-shooting rate the camera reliably captures every detail, while innovative exposure modes like Focus Stacking and Post-focusing enrich its wide range of functions. The addition of modern and ground-breaking connectivity features -- in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS App -- makes the Leica V-Lux 5 a universal, high-performance camera for all photographic needs.

In combination with the camera's 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor, the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146mm f2.8-4 ASPH. lens of the V-Lux 5 (equivalent to 25 to 400mm in 35mm film format) delivers outstanding imaging performance throughout the entire zoom range, whether shooting with macro, wide-angle, standard or telephoto settings. Thanks to maximum apertures of f2.8 and f4 for the respective extreme wide-angle and extreme telephoto settings, maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800 and an integrated optical image stabiliser, the camera is ideally equipped for capturing best, shake-free still pictures and video in low ambient light, even without using a tripod.

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers optimum tools for composing and assessing subjects: With a resolution of 2.36 megapixels and OLED technology, its newly developed electronic viewfinder brings a higher contrast ratio and improved colour depth -- while simultaneously consuming less power. In addition to the EVF, the back of the camera features a fully-articulated 3.0-inch touchscreen panel. This is not only ideal for reliable assessment of images before and after exposure, but also makes it easy to shoot from unusual angles.

To ensure that decisive moments are never missed, the Leica V-Lux 5 takes only around 0.1 seconds to focus sharply on a subject. Even when shooting in fast and dynamic situations, a burst rate of up to 12 fps ensures that photographers always have sufficient exposures from which to choose the best for their needs. Alongside innovative features like Post Focusing and Focus Stacking, the range of options offered by the Leica V-Lux 5 also includes useful functions such as Face Recognition or 4K Burst Mode.

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers a multitude of powerful functions, but not only for photos -- it is also the ideal camera for capturing highest quality video footage. The ability to capture true-to-life video in 4K (3840x2160 pixels) at frame rates of 24, 25 or 30 frames per second or full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second offers enormous scope for the realisation of creative ideas in editing and post-processing.

The Leica V-Lux 5 is the first model of the V-Lux line that can be used with the Leica FOTOS App. After establishing a Bluetooth connection between the camera and an iOS or Android smartphone, the app can be used to change settings and remotely control the camera -- particularly practical when it's not within easy reach. Photos and videos can be quickly and easily transferred for post-processing or sharing in social networks at any time. The Leica FOTOS App can also actively export GPS positioning data from the smartphone to the camera. Running out of power on your travels is no longer a problem -- the Leica V-Lux 5 can be recharged via USB from all sorts of other devices, e.g. a powerbank.

The Leica V-Lux 5 is on sale from today.

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