As well as being compared against other pro digicams and super zooms, the Leica V-LUX 1 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Leica V-LUX 1's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ50 and the Lumix DMC-LX3) and Pentax (such as the K-3 II)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-LUX 1 compared to other pro digicam competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 460k dots) and is slightly larger (large (141×86×142 mm) vs compact (109×60×27 mm)).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
similar age
$1,199

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and V-LUX 1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
1 year newer
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and V-LUX 1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-LUX 1 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 27 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is significantly larger (large (141×86×142 mm) vs prosumer size (118×76×89 mm)), is older (september 2006 vs july 2009) and is thicker (5.6" vs 3.5").

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years newer
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Much better wide angle: 27 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Large (141×86×142 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and V-LUX 1

  • Light weight: 367 g vs 734 g
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-LUX 1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (848 x 480 @ 10fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24.1 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II
8 years newer
$1,786 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 II (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 207k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 II (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the K-3 II and V-LUX 1

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
5 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 207k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3200 and V-LUX 1

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
3 years newer
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3100 and V-LUX 1

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Leica V-LUX 1 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (848 x 480 @ 10fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (207k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
7 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 207k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the V-LUX 1)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the A6000 and V-LUX 1

  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Each has a built-in flash