The new camera features a compact design, a 24-400mm zoom lens, 4K video and much more

Leica’s new release is designed for photographers on the go, such as travellers, backpackers or safari-goers. Though it’s aimed at amateur photographers, it has a host of impressive features.

The V-Lux 5’s 20-megapixel one-inch sensor and Leica Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146mm (equivalent to 25-400mm in 35mm film format) f/2.8-4 aspherical lens promises strong image performance in a range of settings, including macro, wide-angle, standard or telephoto. Additionally, the camera features ISO 12,800 sensitivity and an integrated optical image stabiliser.

The camera’s newly developed OLED electronic viewfinder and flip touchscreen panel provide the user with a range of shooting options. The touchscreen also features smart functions such as face recognition and burst shooting.

Other notable features include fast autofocus and a high continuous-shooting rate, as well as exposure modes such as Focus Stacking and Post-focusing – particularly useful to amateur photographers.

In addition to its still shooting capabilities, the V-Lux 5 is capable of recording in 4K at 60fps.

When it comes to connectivity, the V-Lux 5 is the first model in its range that can be used with the Leica FOTOS App. To use the app, the user simply connects the camera to their iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing for full operation remotely.



Effective pixels    20.1 megapixels
Image sensor    1in MOS sensor, primary colour filter
Lens    16x optical zoom
Zoom range       9.1mm-146mm (equivalent to 25-400mm in 35mm film format)
Aperture range    f/2.8 to f/11 (extreme wide-angle) - f/4 to f/11 (extreme telephoto)
Image stabilisation    Optical
Focusing range    AF: 30cm (0.98 feet) (extreme wide-angle)/1m (3.3 feet) (telephoto) to infinity. AF Macro/MF/Snapshot Modes/Video: 3cm (0.098 feet) (extreme wide-angle)/1m (3.3 feet) (extreme telephoto) to infinity
Shutter system    Electronic shutter + mechanical shutter
Shutter speed    Stills (with mechanical shutter): B (Bulb) (max. approx. 120secs), 60-1/4000sec. Stills (with electronic shutter): 1-1/16000sec Video: 1/25-1/16000sec 1/2-1/16000sec (When [Exposure Mode] is set to [M] in Creative Video Mode and [MF] is selected)
Exposure Programme    AE (P)/aperture priority AE (A)/shutter speed priority AE (S)/manual exposure setting (M) Exposure compensation (1/3 EV steps, -5 EV to +5 EV)
Metering modes    Multiple/centre-weighted/spot
Monitor    3in TFT LCD (3:2) (Approx 1,240,000 dots; field of view approx 100%) touchscreen
Viewfinder    0.39in OLED live viewfinder (4:3) (Approx. 2,360,000 dots; field of view approx.100%)
Flash    Built-in pop-up flash. Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Off
Microphone    Stereo (built-in)
Recording media    SD memory card/SDHC memory card*/SDXC memory card* * UHS-Ι UHS Speed Class 3
Recording file format    Still: RAW/JPEG. Video: MP4
Audio compression format    AAC (2 ch)
Interfaces     Microphone (off-camera): 3.5 mm stereo jack. Remote: 2.5 mm jack. HDMI: Micro HDMI Type D. USB/charge: USB 2.0 (High Speed)/USB 2.0 Micro-B
Wireless    IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi compliant WPA/WPA2, infrastructure mode. Bluetooth version 4.2


The Leica V-Lux 5 is available for purchase now.

For more information, please visit Leica’s website.



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