Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Leica V-Lux 2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 over the Leica V-Lux 2.
 

Reasons to buy the Leica V-Lux 2

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Leica V-Lux 2 over the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100.
 

differences

Advantages of the Leica V-Lux 2

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Weight
Slightly lighter
520 g vs 539 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$349.95 vs $1,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,649 cheaper (5.7x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              V-Lux 2:520 g
              DMC-FZ100:539 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              V-Lux 2:124x80x95 mm
              DMC-FZ100:124x81x95 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              11 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              24x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Pro digicam

              $998 - $1,100

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Leica V-Lux 4

              Leica V-Lux 4

              Super zoom

              $899 - $1,143

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $380

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Leica V-Lux 2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica V-Lux 3

              Leica V-Lux 3

              Super zoom

              $671

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Leica V-LUX 1

              Leica V-LUX 1

              Pro digicam

              $1,199

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $330

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $820 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Lighter
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:45 PM, August 02, 2012)
              Thanks for pointing that out, we will try to fix that up soon.
               
              Marco Pilastro (1:58 PM, August 02, 2012)
              Sorry,
              But Leica V lux 2 has an electronic viewfinder of 202.000 pixels same as FZ100 and Full HD 1980x 1080 same as FZ100 !
              I use joyfully since 2 years !
              Marco.
               
              Info (11:23 PM, January 09, 2012)
              I own both the Lumix and Leica. My big complaint is the flash and instructions of the Leica V-LUx 2. Anyone have an answer to solve this problem?