Leica V-Lux 2

The Good Versatile 24x optical zoom; 1080i AVCHD video capture; stereo microphone; fold-out LCD screen.

The Bad Uncharacteristically dull design from Leica; some visible noise at high ISO settings; expensive.

The Bottom Line The highly versatile Leica V-Lux 2 superzoom is enjoyable to use and capable of capturing some fantastic shots. But this camera is basically the same as a Panasonic model that's almost half the price.

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Price £660 Typical Price £660 Typical Price £1,344 Amazon.co.uk £1,119 Amazon.co.uk £665 Amazon.co.uk
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Review

Leica V-Lux 2

One of the most respected brands in photography, Leica is dipping its toes back into the mainstream once again with the V-Lux 2 superzoom. The V-Lux 2 offers a 24x optical zoom, a 14.1-megapixel resolution and comes packed with both manual and automatic options. As an added bonus, it can film high-definition 1080i video. But £660 is a high price to pay, especially when there's an almost identical camera available for considerably less.

Far, far away

The first thing you'll probably want to do when you get your hands on a V-Lux 2 is test out its zoom. It's pretty impressive. The focal length stretches from the equivalent of 25 to 600mm in the 35mm format, meaning that you can take some great close-up shots over long distances. It's perfect for wildlife photography and hilarious candid camera snaps. A decent image stabiliser means you don't just capture a great big blurry mess, either.

Once you've got all that zooming out of your system, you may notice that the V-Lux 2 doesn't quite have that classic Leica look. Rather than the instantly recognisable two-tone black and metallic design sported by some of the company's more iconic models, the V-Lux 2 has a more conventional appearance, with little to distinguish it from other devices in its class, other than the little red Leica badge.

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