Leica V-Lux 40 vs Leica D-Lux 3

Leica V-Lux 40
Leica D-LUX 3

Reasons to buy the Leica V-Lux 40

Great zoom
Zoom
20x
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Leica D-Lux 3

Size
Really small
Compact (106×56×26 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1"
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Leica V-Lux 40

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 15fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 4x
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25x more zoom
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 207k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The V-Lux 40's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The V-Lux 40's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Slightly lighter
210 g vs 220 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Leica D-Lux 3

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the D-Lux 3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size
Smaller
106×56×26 mm vs 105×59×28 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 8.5x4.78mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Common Weaknesses
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
V-Lux 403,200 ISO
D-Lux 31,600 ISO

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$782

Aperture Has a much wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5

Pro digicam

$1,802

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
Lowest price Is much more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$362

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Boutique

$644

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Leica C-LUX 3

Leica C-LUX C-Lux 3

Compact

Size Is slightly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

Leica V-Lux 40 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$252

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$407

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,097 with 10-30mm lens

High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Significantly larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Pro digicam

$599 - $798

Movie format Higher resolution movies
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

Leica D-LUX 3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$333

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Size Larger
Weight Heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Pro digicam

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier

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discussion

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