The Good Versatile 12x zoom; solid construction; intuitive and user-friendly; GPS image tagging.
The Bad Inflated price for a Leica badge.
The Bottom Line The Leica V-Lux 20 is a capable but overpriced compact superzoom. It's essentially the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 with a Leica badge.
Leica V-Lux 20
Upon being informed of the Leica V-Lux 20's price tag, you'd be forgiven for spluttering: "Nearly £500 for a point-and-shoot compact camera?" But the Leica brand is to cameras what the Bentley brand is to cars, and this is a premium, 12.1-megapixel trophy model with a 12x zoom. A fancy badge doesn't necessarily mean it's any good though.
As Panasonic and Leica have a co-development deal, it's no real surprise to find that the V-Lux borrows heavily from Panny's Lumix cameras when it comes to looks, feel and handling. Most notably, it resembles the. The V-Lux has a similar 12x optical zoom, offering a respectably broad 25-300mm focal range in 35mm film terms. That means it's as adept at shoehorning in landscapes and group portraits as it is pulling far-away subjects closer. Like the TZ10, it also offers GPS photo tagging.
The zoom can be deployed when shooting 720p videos, as well as stills. A dedicated video-record button will start filming, whichever shooting mode is selected on the shooting dial.
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