Leica V-Lux 5 Review

September 9, 2019 | Gavin Stoker | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Leica V-Lux 5 is a new super-zoom camera featuring a 1-inch, 20 megapixel sensor and a 16x optical zoom lens offering an equivalent focal range of 25-400mm and f/2.8-4 maximum apertures.

Other key features include a 2.36 megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.74x magnification, touch-sensitive LCD screen, high-speed auto-focusing, 12fps continuous burst shooting, 4K/30p video recording, 4K photo modes, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity via the Leica FOTOS app. Zoom Compose Assist has been added to help when shooting with longer focal lengths and the button layout has been revised since the previous model.

At the time of writing, the Leica V Lux 5 retails for around £1050 / $1250 in the UK and US respectively.

Ease of Use

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Front of the Leica V-Lux 5

Partly because its price tag, at a not inexpensive £1,050, is nevertheless one of the cheaper routes to owning a Leica-badged camera – and partly because the standard-issue bridge model layout and design makes for more intuitive handling than we’re used to from this manufacturer – Leica is pitching the V Lux 5 as a perfect camera for ‘all’ photographers.

We’d refine that further as a camera suitable for most shooting scenarios, without needing to swap out the lens in use (here, you can’t), or take a step forward or back to fit your subject into the frame. In short, versatility is the selling point.

The V-Lux 5 feels familiar when held in the palm. Its plastic (yet not overly plastic-y feeling) frame, as opposed to Leica’s more usual metal build, suggests a deliberately budget-conscious approach this time around – and, more obviously, another collaboration with Panasonic, whose own original Lumix FZ1000 and its more recent Mark II successor this most closely resembles in terms of core lens and sensor specification.

As usual, we’re paying a premium for that Leica badging here – around £280 more compared with the electronics manufacturer’s equivalent model at the time of writing. The above being said, the Leica V Lux 5 feels well built enough that it wouldn’t fall apart with a couple of accidental knocks.

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Rear of the Leica V-Lux 5

While the Leica V-Lux 5’s suggested audience includes travel photographers, the camera is as bulky as you’d expect a bridge model or all-in-one to be. In other words it’s almost as big as a consumer level DSLR or premium compact system camera – meaning that it won’t fit even in a roomy jacket pocket. This is one for attaching the shoulder strap – provided with our review sample.

The industrial-feel chunkiness, which, admittedly, we do quite like, is partly due to the Leica-crafted 16x optical zoom lens bolted on the front of this camera, providing a focal range the 35mm film equivalent of 24-400mm on the front, with a maximum f/2.8 aperture at the optic’s widest setting. This is twinned with a one-inch sensor that we’d expect at this price, along with the ability to capture 4K video up to a respectable rate of 30 frames per second (with a built-in stereo microphone, plus the ability to add an external microphone, provided).

As we know this chip is physically bigger than the 1/2.3-inch sensor formerly found in most compacts, albeit here providing a standard-for-its-class but perfectly usable 20-megapixel resolution. This is also the first model in Leica’s bridge camera series that is compatible with Leica’s much-trumpeted Leica Fotos smartphone application, described as being ‘like a gallery in your pocket’.

Like the Panasonic near doppelganger, the standard-sized 3-inch LCD screen on the Leica V Lux 5 is articulated, meaning that it can be swung out from the body so that it faces the subject, camcorder-style. With a clear resolution of 1,240,000 dots and 100% filed of view provided, it’s also a touch screen. The alternative, of course, for those who prefer compositing images in a more traditional manner, is to utilise the OLED electronic viewfinder ranged above, which provides an even more life-like 2.36 million-dot resolution and, again, 100% field of view. The manufacturer suggests that said EVF has been newly developed.

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Tilting LCD Screen

A one-inch sensor has enabled Leica (or partner Panasonic) to provide a maximum sensitivity of ISO12800 to help avoid camera blur resulting from slower shutter speeds in low light conditions, while there is responsiveness here too – courtesy of a 0.1-second AF acquisition. Panasonic specific technology such as ‘Post focusing’ mode is also included on this model, while there’s a vacant hotshoe for accessory flash even while there’s a built-in, spring-loaded pop-up variety sitting just in front.

Leica provided our V Lux 5 review sample out of the box with just a spare USB lead in lieu of a standalone mains charger. No matter. Luckily you can, of course, connect this to the plug you use to charge your smartphone.

Although undoubtedly a cost saving exercise, the manufacturer would also doubtless suggest it was more ‘convenient’ for users this way. What we do also get provided however is a removable lens hood – useful for reducing any possible chances of lens flare or ghosting.

The lens can be operated one of two ways – either via a twist of the lens ring that encircles the lens barrel itself – a mode of operation that will be immediately familiar to existing DSLR or CSC users – or, alternatively, via a left or right flick of the lens lever that encircles the shutter release button, which will be more familiar to standard compact camera users, trading up from a point and shoot.

For anyone wanting greater accuracy via more incremental adjustments, the lens ring is probably the better bet, as an on-screen distance bar is provided along the bottom of the LCD by way of broad guidance. Focusing range is the expected 30cm to infinity.

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Top of the Leica V-Lux 5

Given the lens reach on offer here and the potential for hand wobble and resultant camera shake towards the telephoto end of the zoom, thankfully Leica has provided a large and rounded handgrip, around which it’s possible to squeeze four fingers, with the thumb left to hover at the back. Although there’s a rubberized and slightly rugged-ised rear to the grip, there’s not an obvious indentation to rest the thumb – it naturally falling into place over the ‘Q.Menu’ (or Quick Menu) button, which is a regular feature of Panasonic compacts and has been for quite some time.

Naturally, with this being a camera aimed both at travelling types and photo enthusiasts combined, the ability to shoot Raw files alongside or in tandem with standard, Fine quality JPEGs is provided. There’s barely any noticeable slow down if you choose to shoot Raw and JPEG together, rather than just the latter separately.

Operationally, the Leica V-Lux 5 handles very much like the consumer level DSLR it outwardly resembles. The front is dominated by its aforementioned lens, above which sits a recessed flash, an activation switch for which is provided just in front of the camera’s EVF, meaning that this falls under the thumb of the left hand when holding the camera and shooting with it.

Nestled to the side of the lens, looking at the camera front on, is that covetable red Leica logo we’re paying a premium for, while on the lens barrel itself we have not only a lens ring, but three dedicated function buttons.

Actually, it feels as though the Leica V Lux 5 is festooned with non-function specific (and so, non obvious) function buttons, and they have been crammed into every nook and cranny not otherwise featuring more obvious switches and dials. We get eight pinhead sized user selectable function buttons in total.

Rather more familiar are the camera’s top plate dials, the larger one of which is festooned with the camera’s shooting modes (10 in total, including the familiar P,A,S,M, scene and custom settings), while the second features its drive modes (single, burst, 4K capture and post focusing settings, plus two self timer options). Both are reassuringly stiff in operation, thereby preventing accidental jogging from one option to the next, with their ridged edges providing plenty of purchase between forefinger and thumb.

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The Leica V-Lux 5 In-hand

The shooting mode dial is the one you’ll find conveniently encircled by the on/off lever, with the shutter release button, as on a DSLR, located on the forward slope of the handgrip. While there is not quite room for a small LCD function window on the top plate, as we’d find on a semi pro DLSR, we do get two command wheels for scrolling through options in conjunction with the larger back plate LCD, one just behind the shutter release button where it falls under the forefinger, and one further back on the grip where it can be spun by the thumb. In short, then, the layout feels ergonomically designed and therefore intuitive to use.

The nearest function button allows us to, in conjunction with said control wheel, adjust exposure compensation on the fly. Here the range is a very impressive +/- 5EV. The function button just behind this again allows the adjustment of ISO and white balance.

To be honest, it would be much more useful to have these settings displayed via a small plate LCD than to have them ‘hidden’ behind unmarked function buttons providing short cuts. That said, we do get the alternative option of selecting ISO and white balance with a press of the four-way control dial on the camera back, seeing the options available on the larger LCD.

The camera’s back is, inevitably, where we see most of the action happening with the Leica V-Lux 5. With its electronic viewfinder jutting out proudly, enveloped by a comfortable eye cup, the most natural way of handling the camera feels to be to press your eye up against it, as one would do with a DSLR.

Expectedly, we have a dioptric adjustment wheel nestling to the left of it for adjustment by spectacle wearers, just above which is a slider switch for activating the pop up flash. We would have liked a dedicated control governing flash settings by way of a time saver – as it is, you have to drill down into the camera’s menu system to find them if you want to make any manual adjustments.

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The Leica V-Lux 5 Zoomed Out

The other buttons at the camera’s rear are split between what you’d expect to find on a premium compact and that of a DSLR – namely we get the familiar four-way control pad which here has settings around it governing ISO, white balance, macro and AF mode. But we also get the opportunity to lock auto exposure and AF, as well as switch between single shot or continuous AF, or indeed manual focus.

In manual focus mode the adjustment ring on the lens that formerly controlled the zoom now controls focus, with a distance slider newly called up on screen and a central portion of your frame enlarged so that accurate focus can be more keenly determined – with the areas of the image in focus highlighted with a purplish blue colour, looking for all the world like an effect beloved of TV vision mixers in the 1970s.

The base of the Leica V Lux 5 meanwhile offers up a screw thread for a tripod, and a compartment that houses both your optional media card (high capacity and high speed SD card required) and the removable lithium ion battery. As mentioned earlier no separate mains charger came supplied with our review unit. A full charge of the battery requires around 180 minutes, while the amount of captures achievable according to CIPA standards is up to a maximum 440 shots or 220 minutes of video, which, again, is a very respectable showing.

So, with the above in mind, how does the Leica V-Lux 5 fare when it comes to the quality of the images themselves? Read on to find out...

Image Quality

Colours are as rich as we’d expect to see from a Panasonic, sorry, Leica, camera. Detail too is on a par with what we’d envisage a bridge camera to deliver - meaning that, while perfectly acceptable, it’s not quite a match for what we’d see a compact system camera or DSLR in this price range deliver. That said, neither of those alternatives could offer this camera’s focal range and lens ‘poke’ for the price, so we have to expect some degree of compromise.

In terms of ISO performance, here the combination of a large lens, a decent maximum aperture and a big sensor have come up trumps, in providing a surprisingly good showing as we dial upwards through the range – it only really being at the top two settings, including maximum ISO 25000 equivalent, that we are seeing an obvious degradation in the image when viewing on screen. This means that the V-Lux 5, as long as a steady surface is provided, is pretty adept at delivering the goods, whether we’re talking day or night. Versatility when it comes to image capture is what we are paying for here.

In short, the Leica V-Lux 5 gives a better performance than a point and shoot compact or an average smartphone, but it’s not quite a match for a compact system camera or what’s achievable with a DSLR you could invest in for a similar cost. Still, if it’s the broader lens reach and convenient handling you’re after (as well as an easier to handle and quicker to get to grips with camera than Leica usually delivers), then a degree of compromise may well be worth taking here.


The V-Lux 5 has ten sensitivity settings available at full resolution, ranging between ISO 80 and ISO 25000. These are selectable in 1EV and 1/3EV steps, and the upper limit that Auto ISO uses can also be user-defined.


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Focal Range

The V-Lux 5’s 16x zoom lens covers a focal range of 25-400mm when converted into 35mm camera format. This can be increased to 32x using Extended Optical Zoom, but only by reducing the image size.





Chromatic Aberrations

The Leica V-Lux 5 handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

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A 3cm minimum wide-angle focus distance gives good scope for close-up shots. Some bridge cameras boast 1cm macro modes, however sticking such a large camera even 3cm from your subject is often too close, as it blocks out a lot of the available light.



The Leica V-Lux 5’s built-in flash includes four modes: Forced Flash On, Forced On/Red-Eye, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-Eye.

Our testing revealed that the V-Lux successfully avoids red-eye with and without red-eye reduction enabled. It does however produce minor wide-angle vignetting when shooting from a distance of 1.5m.

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Auto/Red-eye Reduction



With Handheld Night Shot activated, the V-Lux 5 quickly captures several exposures of a night scene and combines them into a single image with increased clarity and reduced noise. The end results are attractively bright and detailed, especially considering they’re often captured at ISO 3200. Alternatively, you can switch to shutter priority mode and shoot a long exposure at a low ISO sensitivity, but you’ll need a tripod.


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Leica V-Lux 5 camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Leica V-Lux 5 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Leica RAW (RWL) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 33 second movie is 368Mb in size.

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The Leica V-Lux 5 is one of the more affordable means of owning a Leica camera – albeit one that is not quite a ‘pure’ Leica, in that it shares so much with a more mass-produced Panasonic model costing almost £300 less.

That said, we do get the covetable red Leica badge on the front and of course Leica branded optics. Image quality, whilst not up there with the best of what compact system cameras or DSLRs can currently offer, is nevertheless pretty decent in terms of both the colours and definition delivered, with the Leica V Lux 5 being capable of better results than expected in challenging conditions, such as low light or even night time shooting (as long as the camera is resting on a steady surface).

The f/2.8 maximum aperture whilst not overly impressive on paper fortunately seems to deliver in practice, while the broad lens range, reaching from a 35mm equivalent ultra wide angle 25mm all the way up to 400mm at the telephoto end is very useful, avoiding the need to shuffle forward or back to achieve the framing you were after. Indeed it’s much easier to zoom in quickly to achieve that ‘capture’ you might otherwise have missed.

At the end of the day, convenience and versatility is what we’re actually paying a slight premium for with the Leica V-Lux 5. Since we can shoot 4K video and 20 megapixel stills and do so with a larger than average sensor, the ‘one camera fits all’ approach here may well be more than enough for most photographers.

4 stars

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

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Leica V-Lux 5.

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)

The Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) is is a new super-zoom compact camera, offering a large 1-inch image sensor with 20 megapixels, 4K video recording and a 16x zoom lens with a 25-400mm focal range. Priced at £925 / $1350, read our expert Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) review to find out if it can justify its price-tag...

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ82 super-zoom camera (also known as the DMC-FZ80) features a massive 60x zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm. Other highlights of the FZ82 / FZ80 include a 3 inch LCD touchscreen, 4K movies, 10fps burst shooting, P/A/S/M modes, RAW support, a flash hotshoe and an 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ82 review now...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

The Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is Panasonic's new flagship super-zoom compact camera, offering a large 1-inch image sensor with 20 megapixels, 4K video recording and a 16x zoom lens with a 25-400mm focal range. Priced at £749 / $899, read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review to find out if it can justify its price-tag...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 is a flagship super-zoom compact camera, offering a large 1-inch image sensor with 20 megapixels, 4K video recording, and a 20x zoom lens with a 26-480mm focal range. Priced at £1099.99 / $1199.99, read our expert Panasonic FZ2000 review to find out if this is the ultimate do-it-all camera...

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is an updated version of the 5-year-old FZ1000 bridge super-zoom camera. This new version offers a touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Zoom Compose Assist function, enhanced 4K photo mode, and in-camera battery charging. Read our Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II review to find out exactly what this new camera has to offer...

Sony RX10 III

The Sony RX10 III is a new premium super-zoom camera featuring a 28-600mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4, a 20.1 megapixel 1.0-type CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, support for the Raw format and full manual controls. Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III review now...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Leica V-Lux 5 from around the web.

ephotozine.com »

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers a great 16x optical zoom lens, a comfortable, easy to use camera body, with easy to access controls, and a high resolution electronic viewfinder with a good magnification ratio of 0.74x. The Leica V-Lux 5 is a very competent ultra-zoom camera, delivering both high quality images, as well as excellent 4K video quality. The Leica design and the famous red dot make this more expensive compared to the Panasonic version of the camera, and if you want to save money you can do so by going for the Panasonic version. However, if you want to stand out, with the Leica Red Dot, then the Leica V-Lux 5 is definitely cheaper than a Leica M digital rangefinder.
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Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8–4/9.1 -146 ASPH., 35 mm camera equivalent: 25 - 400 mm
15 elements in 11 groups (5 aspherical lenses/8 aspherical surfaces/4 ED lenses)
Optical Image stabilization Yes
Zoom Optical/digital/ intelligent 16 x/4 x/32 x
Modes Normal/macro
AF Metering modes Face, eye detection, tracking, 49-area, 1-area (flexible/scalable), custom multi, pinpoint
Focusing range
AF 30 cm/1’ (at 9.1 mm)/1m/3’3” (at 146 mm) to ∞
AF macro/MF/ shnapshot 3 cm/1 3/16“ (at 9.1 mm)/1m/3’3” (at 146 mm) to ∞
Sensor 1“ MOS with 20.9 MP (effective pixels 20.1MP)
Still image 4:3 format: 4864 × 3648 (17.5 M) (L), 3456 × 2592 (9 M) (M), 2432 × 1824 (4.5 M) (S)
3:2 format: 5472 × 3648 (20 M) (L), 3888 × 2592 (10 M) (M),2736 × 1824 (5 M) (S)
16:9 format: 5472 × 3080 (17 M) (L), 3840 × 2160 (8 M) (M), 1920 × 1080 (2 M) (S)
1:1 format: 3648 × 3648 (13.5 M) (L), 2592 × 2592 (6.5 M) (M), 1824 × 1824 (3.5 M) (S)
Video MP4:
[4K] 3840 x 2160 4K/30p: 100 Mbit/s
[4K] 3840 x 2160 4K/24p: 100 Mbit/s
[FHD] 1920x1080 FHD/60p: 28 Mbit/s
[FHD] 1920x1080 FHD/30p: 20 Mbit/s
[HD] 1280 x 720 HD/30p: 10 Mbit/s
Recording file formats
Still image RAW/JPEG
Video MP4. Recording time: max. 29:00 minutes
Audio AAC (2 Kanal)
Exposure control
Exposure modes Snap Shot, P, A, S, M, creative video, C1 (custom), C2 (custom), scene guide, creative control
Exposure compensation Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ± 5 EV. (+/-3 EV for motion picture)
Auto AE Bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. ± 3 EV
Scene modes Clear portrait, silky skin, backlit softness, clear in backlight, relaxing tone, sweet child‘s face, distinct scenery,
bright blue sky, romantic sunset glow, vivid sunset glow, glistening water, clear nightscape, cool night sky,
warm glowing nightscape, artistic aightscape, glittering illuminations, handheld night shot, clear night portrait,
soft image of a flower, appetizing food, cute dessert, freeze animal motion, clear sports shot, monochrome, panorama
Creative control modes Expressive, retro, old days, high key, low key, sepia, monochrome, dynamic monochrome, rough monochrome,
silky monochrome, impressive art, high dynamic, cross process, toy effect, toy pop, bleach bypass, miniature effect,
soft focus, fantasy, star filter, one point color, sunshine
Metering modes Intelligent multiple, centre-weighted, spot
White balance Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, flash, 4 manual settings, color temperature (2-axis adjustable)
ISO sensitivity Auto/i. ISO/80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12500, 25000* (*extended ISO)
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Shutter speeds
Still image Approx. 60s – 1/4000 s (mechanical shutter), approx. 1 s - 1/16000 s (electronic shutter).
Bulb: approx. 120 s.
Motion picture Approx. 1/30 s – 1/16000 s (NTSC model), approx. 1/25 s -1/16000 s (PAL model), approx. 1/2 s -1/16000 s.
(Creative video M mode/MF mode)
Continuous shooting [ AFS] SH: 50 frames/sec*, H: 12 frames/s, M: 7 frames/s (with Live View), L: 2 frames/s (with Live View.)
(*Electronic shutter only)
Type Integrated flash
Flash modes Auto, Auto with pre-flash (red-eye reduction), Auto with slow sync and pre-flash, on, off
Flash range 30 cm – 13.5 m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 9.5 m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Self-timer 2 s/10s/10 s (3 images)
Monitor 3.0“ TFT LCD, resolution: approx. 1,240,000 pixels,
Image field: approx. 100%, aspect ratio 3:2,
Touch screen available
Viewfinder 0.39“ OLED live viewfinder
Resolution: approx. 2,360,000 pixels,
Image field: approx. 100%, aspect ratio 4:3,
Diopter setting: -4 to +4 dptr,
Magnification: approx. 0.74x with 50mm lens at ∞; -1.0m-1
Microphone/speaker Stereo/monoaural
Memory cards On SD / SDHC* /SDXC* memory cards,
*UHS-I/UHS Speed class 3
Interfaces USB 2.0, Macro-HDMI (Typ C), AV-Ausgang, Netzgeräteanschluss (2,5 mm), Mikrofon (3,5 mm).
WIFI: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/2412 MHz - 2462 MHz (1-11-Kanal)/WPA/WPA2/Infrastruktur Modus/WPS/
Wi-Fi Direct/Wi-Fi Taste
Bluetooth-Version 4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
[USB/CHARGE] USB 2.0 (High Speed) Mikro-B-Buchse
Operating temperature/ humidity 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) / 10% to 80% RH
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage/capacity 7.2 V/1200 mAh (360 images, CIPA standard).
Dimensions (W x H x D) approx. 136.7 x 97.2 x 131.5 mm
Weight 812 g (with battery)
Printer compatibility PictBridge, DPOF
Scope of delivery Digital camera, battery, AC-Adapter, USB cable, neck strap, lens cap with string, lens hood, hot shoe cover, instructions, guarantee card


The Leica V-Lux 5 is a new super-zoom camera with a 25-400mm lens, 20 megapixels and 4K/60p movies.

  • 20 megapixel 1-inch sensor
  • 9.1-146 mm (25-400 mm equiv.) f/2.8-4 ASPH. lens
  • 2.36 megapixel OLED EVF with 0.74x magnification
  • High-speed AF & 12 fps continuous burst shooting
  • 4K video recording and 4K photo modes
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity with the Leica FOTOS app

The Leica V-Lux 5 is available now priced at £1,050 / $1,250.

Made for Adventure: the Leica V-Lux 5.

London, 10 July 2019. Leica Camera presents the Leica V-Lux 5, one of the most versatile and multifaceted cameras in its product portfolio. No matter if the subject is far or close, indoor or outdoor, static or moving, the 24–400mm zoom lens, rapid autofocus and newly developed larger sensor make it the ideal camera for travel and adventure seekers. Whether you are on safari or planning your next backpacking journey, no trip can be complete without the V-Lux 5.

The camera offers a multitude of powerful functions, but not only for photos – it is also the ideal camera for capturing highest quality video footage, recording at 60-frames-per-second in excellent 4K definition which is four times the resolution of full-HD.

Featuring a newly developed OLED electronic viewfinder and flip touchscreen panel on the back provide the best view of the subject from every angle.  With the touchscreen, helpful automatic modes and smart functions like face recognition or burst shooting, the Leica V-Lux 5 supports amateur photographers on their search for the perfect image. Thanks to its fast autofocus and a high continuous-shooting rate, the camera captures every detail, while innovative exposure modes like ‘Focus Stacking’ and ‘Post-focusing’ enrich its wide range of functions. The V-Lux 5 is the first model in this 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 so it can be fully operated remotely. Photos and videos can be quickly and easily transferred for post-processing or sharing on social networks at any time.

The V-Lux 5’s state-of-the-art 20-megapixel one-inch sensor and Leica Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146mm f/2.8-4 aspherical lens delivers outstanding image performance whether shooting in macro, wide-angle, standard or telephoto settings. It takes shake-free stills and video in low lighting without needing a tripod thanks to its maximum apertures, ISO 12800 sensitivity and its integrated optical image stabiliser. The Leica V-Lux 5 takes 0.1 seconds to focus sharply on a subject, reliably capturing all the action in sensational clarity and detail.

The camera offers fantastic tools for composing subjects. With a resolution of 2.36 megapixels and organic light-emitting diode technology, its newly developed electronic viewfinder brings improved contrast and richer colour depth while simultaneously consuming less power. The battery can be charged via USB in addition to a main electric socket which comes in particularly handy when travelling.

The Leica V-Lux 5 is available from 10th July at Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store City, Leica Store Harrods, authorised dealers and online at www.leicastore-mayfair.co.uk

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Camera name

Leica V-LUX 5

Camera - effective pixels

20.1 megapixels

Image sensor

1″ MOS sensor, primary colour filter


16x optical zoom

Zoom range

9.1 mm to 146 mm

(equivalent to 25 to 400 mm in 35 mm film format)

Aperture range

f/2.8 to f/11 (extreme wide-angle) - f/4 to f/11 (extreme telephoto)

Image stabilisation


Focusing range

AF: 30 cm (0.98 feet) (extreme wide-angle)/1 m (3.3 feet) (telephoto) to infinity

AF Macro/MF/Snapshot Modes/Video: 3 cm (0.098 feet) (extreme wide-angle)/1 m (3.3 feet) (extreme telephoto) to infinity

Shutter system

Electronic shutter + mechanical shutter

Shutter speed

Stills (with mechanical shutter): B (Bulb) (max. approx. 120 s), 60 - 1/4000 s

Stills (with electronic shutter): 1 - 1/16000 s

Video: 1/25 - 1/16000 s

1/2 - 1/16000 s (When [Exposure Mode] is set to [M] in Creative Video Mode and [MF] is selected)


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



3.0″ TFT LCD (3:2) (Approx. 1,240,000 dots; field of view approx. 100%)

Touch screen


0.39″ OLED Live Viewfinder (4:3) (Approx. 2,360,000 dots; field of view approx.100%)


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


Stereo (built-in)

Recording media

SD Memory Card/SDHC Memory Card*/SDXC Memory Card*

* UHS-Ι UHS Speed Class 3

Recording file format


Video: MP4

Audio compression format

AAC (2 ch)


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


IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi compliant WPA™/WPA2™, infrastructure mode

Bluetooth version 4.2

Image Gallery

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Preview Images

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the Leica V-Lux 5 super-zoom camera. The Leica V-Lux 5 is a new super-zoom camera with a 25-400mm lens, 20 megapixel sensor and 4K/60p movie recording.

A gallery of sample images taken with the Leica V-Lux 5 super-zoom camera.

Leica V-Lux 5 Sample Images

Sample RAW Images

The Leica V-Lux 5 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Leica RAW (RWL) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 33 second movie is 368Mb in size.

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