As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Leica V-Lux 3 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques and entry-level DSLRs. The Leica V-Lux 3's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix L830 and the D5) and Canon (such as the EOS 6D and the Rebel T1i)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-Lux 3 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a screen which flips out, has an external mic jack, has a significantly longer battery life (410 shots vs 200 shots) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm) and is older (december 2011 vs january 2014).

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
2 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the L830 and V-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 410 shots
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 540 g

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
2 years newer
$995 - $1,195

Significant advantages of the V-Lux (Typ 114) (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the V-Lux (Typ 114) (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)
  • Heavier: 830 g vs 540 g

common strengths of the V-Lux (Typ 114) and V-Lux 3

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 410 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each supports an external flash

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 410 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the P510 and V-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 540 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 3.7"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
3 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and V-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 410 shots vs 410 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-Lux 3 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (12 fps vs 4.5 fps), has a screen which flips out and is much smaller (prosumer size (124×80×95 mm) vs large (160×159×92 mm)).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.9 MP) and much lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 3,280,000 ISO).

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
4 years newer
$4,860 - $6,497 (body only)
$6,714 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 3780 shots vs 410 shots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much larger: Large (160×159×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much heavier: 1,415 g vs 540 g

common strengths of the D5 and V-Lux 3

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 12 fps

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
7 months newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 12 fps
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Heavier: 770 g vs 540 g

common strengths of the 6D and V-Lux 3

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 540 g

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-Lux 3 compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (24x vs 3.1x), has a screen which flips out, has an external mic jack, has a significantly longer battery life (410 shots vs 300 shots) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.7), has a much narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (124×80×95 mm) vs mid size (118×66×55 mm)) and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs four thirds 17.3x13mm).

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
2 years newer
$895 - $966

Significant advantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (118×66×55 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×80×95 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much less zoom: 3.1x vs 24x
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D-Lux (Typ 109) and V-Lux 3

  • Great zoom: 3.1x vs 24x
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-Lux 3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 20fps), records high-speed movies (220 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (12 fps vs 3.4 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm).

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
2 years older
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 20fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3.4 fps vs 12 fps

common strengths of the T1i and V-Lux 3

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 12 fps

common strengths of the T6i and V-Lux 3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 461k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the V-Lux 3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 220 fps

common strengths of the T4i and V-Lux 3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks