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    Leica V-Lux 3 Preview by Spidey89

    Firstly, thank to Leica SG for allowing us to preview the latest Leica camera - the V-Lux 3!


    Specs
    Sensor: 1/2.33 CMOS

    Resolution: 12 megapixels

    Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108 f2.8-5.2 lens (25-600mm 35mm equivalent)

    Zoom range: 24X optical, 4X digital

    Focusing modes: Normal/Macro, Macro zoom, CAF, AF tracking

    Focusing ranges: P/A/S/M 30cm wide end, 2m tele end
    Macro/IAuto/ Movie, 1 cm wide end, 1m tele end
    Scene modes, varies based on the mode

    Aspect Ratios: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 (Resolution is reduced as it is crop in camera)

    Recording formats: RAW & JPEG for still, AVCHD, MP4 & Quicktime mpeg

    Video resolutions : MP4 30fps at 1080p, 720p & 480p
    AVCHD at 1080p and 1080i, 720p

    Exposure compensation: 1/3 steps, +- 3

    Metering modes: Mult-field, center weight, spot

    WB: Auto, Daylight, cloudy,shadow,tungsten,manual setting and custom (2 customs)

    ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

    Shutter speeds: 15s 1/2000s (Starry mode, 15s, 30s, 60s)

    Frame per second: 2 fps, 100 at 12mp
    5.5 fps, 100 at 12mp
    12 fps, 15 at 12mp

    Flash mode: Auto, auto with pre-flash (red eye), auto with slow shutter, on, off

    Self-timer: 2/10s, 10 sec 3 shot

    Image Stabilization: Power OIS

    Monitor: 3 TFT LCD, 100% auto brightness

    EVF: Color LCD, approx 202000 pixels, 100% FOV +- 4 diopter

    Storage: Approx 70mb built in, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards

    Interface: USB 2.0, Mini HDMI type C, Analog video/audio, mic/remote 2.5mm plugin

    Weight: 540g with card and battery


    List of scene modes on dial
    1) Snapshot

    2) Creative Control
    Retro
    High Key
    Sepia
    High Dynamic
    Pin Hole
    Film Grain
    Miniature Effect

    3) Portrait
    Normal
    Soft Skin
    Outdoor
    Indoor

    4) Scenery
    Normal
    Nature
    Architecture

    5) Sports
    Normal
    Outdoor
    Indoor

    6) Close Up
    Flower
    Food
    Objects

    7) Night Portrait
    Night Portrait
    Night Scenery
    Handheld Night Shots (A little crop, could be an aid for IS?)
    Illumination (It says "Shoot illuminations more easily")

    Scene Mode Selection
    Panorama Assist

    Party

    Candle Light

    Baby 1

    Baby 2

    Pet

    Sunset

    High Sensitivity

    Flash Burst

    Panning

    Starry Sky

    Fire Works

    Beach

    Snow

    Aerial Photo

    Photo Frame

    High Speed Video

    3D Photo Mode

    Custom Mode

    Creative Video Mode -P/A/S/M

    P/A/S/M


    Front
    Nothing much ,the famous Leica red dot, the lens, lens cap, flash. The pop up flash seems pretty high. However, it still casts a little bit of shadow on the wide end.




    Top
    The top of the camera is where the power switch, mode dial, frame speed, record button, shutter release, zoom, hot shoe, speaker, mode dial and microphones are. One thing I like about the hotshot is, it uses my Olympus flash with TTL.
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    Back
    Many things on the back, first and obviously, the 3” swivel LCD screen and EVF with the diopter dial beside it. There’s also a flash release button, EVF/LCD selection button, AE/AF Lock, the settings dial, playback, display button, quick menu and delete button, as well as a 4 way 5 button D pad with settings on them. Very neat, though I personally will prefer the display and playback button to switch place.



    Left
    The left of the camera is where the AF selection is and a focus button made, not really sure what that is for but my guess is when the focus and exposure is locked, but you want to refocus, press that to refocus. And interestingly, a switch to zoom. It can be programmed to focus manually rather than using the buttons or the dial on the back to focus. It gives a feel similar to DSLR in handling in this case.


    Bottom
    As pointed out in another review by Nightwolf75, the tripod socket isn’t align with the lens and using a tripod plate, the door is blocked, which is the case with mine as well. But mine is easier to remove than Nightwolf75’s tripod plate but still a hassle nonetheless. The sticker saying Leica V-Lux 3. For those concerned with where it’s made, it’s made in Japan. The battery door hides the battery and SD card slot. I quite like the battery door as it’s easy to lock and unlock. Best thing? It uses SDXC, literally thousands of pictures can be stored, though probably the only use I have for SDXC cards is when I shoot video.

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    First Impressions
    When I first saw the camera, it was instantly recognizable as similar in design to the Panasonic cameras. In fact, it looked very much like the Panasonic G1 micro four thirds camera. When I held it for the first time, it was extremely light. It was also ergonomically well designed, I’m not sure if it’s exactly the same as its Panasonic equivalent. But it felt good, different from other compact cameras similar to it.

    I flipped the power switch and it took over a second to start up, perfectly acceptable for a compact camera. Looking at the layout of the camera and on the screen, it really is the same as its counterpart. The colors looked different though. Going through the settings was pretty easy, without consulting a manual which I didn’t have, it was quite straight forward though I did have a hard time finding the settings I want as I’m not familiar with this camera. One other thing I noticed was, when I carried it in my hand, I could feel something moving. It can be quite alarming for someone new, but my guess is it’s probably just the OIS that’s moving, nothing to worry about.

    Sharpness with aperture
    2.8

    4

    5.6

    8


    There isn't any visible difference other than in the background, which I find to be pretty good
    Last edited by spidey89; 26th December 2011 at 10:22 PM.
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    White Balance

    Both shot at ISO 100, f2.3 at 1/2s

    Auto WB


    Custom white balance with grey card


    I find it quite a tough choice between the auto and custom, the auto seems more pleasing while the custom seems to have a magentish tone to it. But as I've said, the auto WB seems more pleasing to me and for the target audience, I think its good
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    Metering

    ESP


    Center Weight


    Spot
    Last edited by spidey89; 26th December 2011 at 10:01 PM.
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    Color modes

    Vivid


    Natural


    Mono


    Scenery


    Portrait


    I can't really make up my mind, Vivid and Scenery look similar and Natural and Portrait also look similar, but probably will choose according to what I'm shooting
    Last edited by spidey89; 26th December 2011 at 10:00 PM.
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    Flash

    Natural light


    Flash pointing straight


    Slow sync


    As I've mentioned, I love how it works in TTL with my Olympus external flash and the fact that it even has a hotshoe for external flashes! I forgot to take a picture using built in flash but as I've mentioned, a shadow is cast when using the built in flash, using an external flash, that problem is gone
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    ISO Test

    100


    200


    400
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    800


    1600


    3200


    Shooting up to ISO800 is my max if I pixel peep, which I did, but for someone like my mother who just shoots and prints 4X6 pictures, she can go up to 1600, I like noisy images in black and white, 3200 is good for those girtty noisy B&W images, but not every picture works with that
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    IS test

    IS off, using LCD


    IS on, using LCD


    IS off, using EVF


    IS on, using EVF


    The IS works rather well, it was quite a hassle to get to the section to turn it on. With EVF, I could shoot at the same shutter speed and get sharp images, IS on or off. One thing for sure, if I shoot with IS on using EVF, I can shoot much slower
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    Focal Length

    4.5(25mm 35mm equivalent)


    108(600mm 35mm equivalent)
    Last edited by spidey89; 26th December 2011 at 10:33 PM.
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    Sample Shots









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    I shot the pano using the built in pano assist, however, it doesn't help to stitch it up, would be nice if it could, but having a guide helped. What I didn't mention was, that pano was shot handheld, that's how the assist helped


    Conclusion
    The Leica V-Lux 3 is a capable camera especially in good light. In low light, it is within expectations. A combination of the bright lens, with power OIS, 3” LCD swivel screen allows the user to capture images in many situation. The EVF and the side zoom switch also allows better hand holding when use with slow shutter speeds. The lens gives pretty sharp images though the smallest aperture is f8 which is good enough in most cases. I shot on standard and it gave pretty vibrant colors. The auto white balance did a good job of balancing though personally, the custom could use some work. It gave me a magenta tint to my image whereas auto without a grey card in the scene, it gave something quite neutral.
    A few things I’d like to see improved is the noise control, noise is controlled but at the cost of lack of details, resulting in smudgy images, the best compromise I personally feel is between ISO 400 and ISO 800. The creative control requires some work as they seem to be a little on the dark and or dull side. I’d also like for the flash to be a little higher so as to avoid shadows but that’s minor as an external flash can be used.
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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    this vlux-3 is quite an all rounder eh? hahaha!

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    Default Re: Preview: Leica V-Lux 3

    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    this vlux-3 is quite an all rounder eh? hahaha!
    Most definitely
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