Several months ago, on a whim, I purchased a Leica V-Lux 4. I had read about it, thinking that it would be a great little light-weight camera for hiking and vacation fun pictures. I used it very little, until we decided to take a few days off for a weekend trip to Fredricksburg. It is a little more than a point and shoot. It has 12MP, 25-600 equivalent zoom lens, f2.8 aperture, fast auto focus, and an easy to see viewfinder, plus a bunch of other great features. I am still playing with it and what fun it is. There are many shooting modes, including built-in HDR, 3D, Panoramic, among others.
On our little trip to Fredricksburg, I used it exclusively. Here are some sample shots.
On Friday morning, I decided to take out into the field for some wildlife images., for comparison. Here is a distant shot of a Great Blue Heron, approximately 250 yards away. Top photo with my Canon EOS 7D and 100-400mm lens at full length. The bottom photo with the Leica V-Lux 4, at it’s 600mm extent.
There was a noticeable lack of birds to photograph, but we did see these White-tailed Deer fawns.
What I liked most was the light weight of the camera, and the fact it was easy to hand hold for those long range tele-shots. For birders that want something a bit better than the ordinary point-and-shoot, this the answer. For a complete overview of this amazing camera, click on the link in the first sentence of this post. Also, click on any image to see some enlargements.