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The Mouse That Roared

By Franz Scheurer

Today’s rapidly moving technology can leave even experts confused and make it hard to choose a camera that can ‘do it all’. If you want a high level of control, a large range of lenses, good usability in bad light and the option of taking great pics and high definition movies, then you either lug a DSLR outfit along or you look at one of the new mirror-less cameras.

But if you also want a camera that is easy and fast to use and delivers amazing results set to fully automatic, then, in my opinion, your only choice is the Leica V-Lux 4.

Great all-round camera with a decent zoom

Great all-round camera with a decent zoom

This camera is light and ridiculously small for what it does. It delivers pin-sharp images throughout an enormous zoom range from 25mm to 600mm (35mm equivalent). An ISO range from 50 to 3200, which is set to ‘auto’ by default and a Leica first, and a zoom lens that maintains maximum aperture of 2.8 throughout the zoom range, guarantee good images in low light. Set it to multiple images (from 2 up to 60 per second) and you have a perfect safari camera, making it easy to capture those big cats or birds in flight plus giving you High Definition video. The auto-focus is quick, throughout the range, and much more accurate than most human eyes. The results with the whole camera set to automatic are unbelievably good; it’s like having your own professional photographer in your pocket.

The camera comes with an inbuilt, pop-up flash, full manual control if you so desire, a strap and a lens hood. The only thing I suggest you buy on top of what’s in the box is a UV filter to protect your lens. It’s a lot cheaper to buy a new filter should you scratch it than replace the camera.

It truly is a ‘Mouse that Roared’.

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