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Customer Review

on 9 July 2010
There is something extraordinary about Leica cameras, which seems to make every model infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. The V-Lux 20 is no exception. It is beautifully made and just oozes style and sophisticated quality. As soon as you see the price, however, you will realise that there are plenty of other cameras that offer more features for less money. Brands like Lumix, Canon and Samsung spring to mind. But the results this very simple and compact camera delivers time after time are simply stunning. It just does the job. Leica lenses really are in a class of their own. And that is what you're paying for. The V-Lux 20 menu system is highly intuitive making the camera simple and easy to use. What attracted me to this camera was the pictures a friend had taken with an earlier V-Lux model. I had previously owned (and lost) a much more capable Sony camera and found that most of the time I didn't use many of its features because they were buried somewhere in its menu system or I forgot to turn them on. With or without its advanced features, the photos it produced were okay rather than stunning. With this Leica, you just point and shoot. Presto! You're Ansel Adams or David Bailey. In other words, it just works. Its ability to reproduce colour and subtle light borders on magical. If price is a deal breaker, then you may be better off with a Lumix (which have Leica lenses); but if you want cutting edge German design and engineering in a camera that is bound to go on snapping great photos long after most other models have been consigned to history, then this is it. It has a wonderfully tactile feel and the manufacturing quality is Mercedes-Benz-like. For most people, most of the time, this is all the camera you'll ever need. I love it. As a previous reviewer said, it really is a future classic.
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