Leica V-Lux 5 Review

September 9, 2019 | Gavin Stoker |


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

About Leica Camera AG

Leica Camera AG is an international luxury brand and manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. Since Leica introduced the first 35mm camera in 1914, the legendary status of the brand was built on a tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses, and in making photography a part of everyday life. Today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all moments and worlds of visualisation and perception. Simultaneously, Leica has been deeply involved in the culture of photography since the company’s inception, and this ethos is still something that it champions today with its magazine, global galleries, and the esteemed Leica Oskar Barnack Prize. For Leica, photography has always been at the forefront of its thoughts and actions, along with a message to “focus on the essential”. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in Australia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea, UK, and the US.


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

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