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.
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.
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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