New bridge camera, the Lecia V-Lux 3, offers 24x optical zoom and manual control, debuts

Leica has released a new superzoom compact, the V-Lux 3, which offers a 24x optical zoom from a 25mm wide angle lens. Also present is a 1080p HD movie mode and full manual controls, as well as an electronic viewfinder to compliment the 3 inch LCD screen.

As with the majority of Leica’s recent compact camera releases the specifications and aesthetics are virtually identical to a Panasonic Lumix compact, in this case the Panasonic Lumix FZ150. Barring a few slight alterations to the design the two cameras are extremely similar, which serves as no surprise seeing as Leica supplies a number of Panasonic’s compact and CSC optics.

The V-Lux 3 will be priced at £690 and is available next month.

  • Jay Bell

    Leica V-LUX3 a “CLONE” of a Panasonic DMC-FZ150K ?????????

    I found from looking on the Leica Website and various on-line reviews that the Japanese made Leica lenses take 40 minutes for each element to be individually ground, polished and tested then the 1 to 4 coatings are added, (this camera has 14 lens elements) on Leica made imported machines, whereas the Panasonic models use mass production techniques on their own machines to a (minimum) Leica spec but with their own coatings including the own brand Panasonic Black Box Nano surface coating.
    Picture processing firmware (Panny uses its own Venus engine) for both have large differences as do the CCD qualities and manufacturing tolerances. The CCD’s are made by different manufacturers, the ones for the Leica brand are all tested but the Panny ones are only spot checked, differences in lens quality and coatings and firmware make for better colours and fewer aberrations at wide apertures.
    The V-LUX3 is 22 grams heavier again due to the noticeable extra build quality of all metal and electro-mechanical parts that’s why Leica give a full unlimited 2 year guarantee against the 1 year Panny.
    The Leica comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 that would cost £150.
    Then finally resale value (average second hand)
    Panasonic DMC-FZ150K £205
    Leica V-LUX3 £350

    So there you have it identical apart from a “red badge” !!!! and street cred!

    You can always tell a Leica, by the way it takes pictures – and by the pictures it takes

  • J Bell

    Leica V-LUX3 a “CLONE” of a Panasonic DMC-FZ150K ?????????

    I found information about the Japanese made Leica lenses how these lenses take 40 minutes for each element to be
    individually ground, polished and tested then the 1 to 4 coatings are added,(this camera has 14 lens elements) on
    Lieca made imported machines, whereas the Panasonic models use mass production techniques on there own machines to
    a (minimum) Leica spec but with there own coatings including the own brand Panasonic
    Black Box Nano surface coating,parts and picture processing firmware (Panny uses its own Venus engine) for both have large
    differences as do the CCD qualities and manufacturing tolerances the CCD’s are made by different manfacturers the ones for
    the Leica brand are all tested,differences in lens quality and coatings and firmware make the better colours and less
    abberations @ wide apertures.

    The V-LUX3 is 22 grams heavier again due to the noticeable extra build quality of all metal
    and Elecro-mechanical parts thats why Leica give a full unlimited 2 year gaurantee against the 1 year panny.
    The Leica comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Preiere Elements 10 that would cost £150.

    Then finally resale value (average second hand)
    Panasonic DMC-FZ150K £205
    Leica V-LUX3 £350

    So there you have it identical apart from a “red badge” !!!! and street cred!

    You can always tell a Leica ,By the way it takes pictures – and by the pictures it takes

  • Mike

    Buy the Panasonic Lumix fz48 which is the same camera & save a fortune!

  • Mobiscum

    Cynical badge engineering at its worst. Premium brand = premium price.

  • Rob Ellis

    so basically youre paying for a leica badge on your camera for an extra few hundred pounds?
    Whats worrying is I call that perfectly reasonable XD