Leica V-LUX 40 Review

October 30, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |


While most of us wouldn’t normally dream of spending £550 on a snapshot camera – and doubtless there will be some in the Photography Blog readership spitting feathers, especially when the outlay could otherwise bag you a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 if you wanted to stick to premium compacts rather than DSLRs or CSCs - the boxy yet elegant V-Lux 40 will continue to win a select user base among Leica fanatics and those who want to stand apart from the crowd.

In fairness the zoom reach on offer here is much more practical for all its marvelous miniaturization than that found on an interchangeable lens camera or bridge model that could be bagged at a comparable price. And if all you are after is a ‘pocket rocket’ with a decent range of framing options for admittedly pretty good and moreover consistent snapshot photography, this will more than suffice. The Leica V-Lux 40 may well be the only travel zoom you may ever need, and looked at in that context the upper-end outlay makes a little more sense - as it does if you were thinking to invest in the bundled Photoshop software anyway. Leica is never going to appeal to everyone, but the V-Lux 40 is no disgrace and should very much see the brand holding its own.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3.5