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Leica V-LUX 1 PDF User Manual

Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Leica V-LUX 1? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Leica makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the V-LUX 1 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.

That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.

Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Leica V-LUX 1 below.


In any case, the V-LUX 1 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This fixed lens compact camera was officially introduced on September 14th, 2006, which means that, as of today, the camera is 6457 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Leica V-LUX 2 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.


Leica's instruction manual for the V-LUX 1

The camera's instruction manual is 145 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the V-LUX 1 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.

Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!

Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Leica V-LUX 1 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.

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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Leica's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.

Printed, hardcopy versions of the Leica V-LUX 1 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.

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Video tutorial for the Leica V-LUX 1

Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your V-LUX 1 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.

Once again, the Leica V-LUX 1 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.

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Leica V-LUX 1 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the V-LUX 1.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the Leica V-LUX 1 based on?

The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Leica V-LUX 1?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.

Does the Leica V-LUX 1 have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the V-LUX 1 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

Does the Leica V-LUX 1 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

Which battery does the Leica V-LUX 1 use?

The camera gets its power from the Leica BP-DC5, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.


Further reading

How does the V-LUX 1 stack up against available alternatives? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make your choice using the following search menu. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.


    Core camera specifications

    Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Leica V-LUX 1.

    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Leica V-LUX 1
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 35-420mm f/2.8-3.7
    Launch Date September 2006
    Launch Price USD 849
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/1.8" Sensor
    Sensor Size 7.14 x 5.36 mm
    Sensor Area 38 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 8.9 mm
    Crop Factor 4.8x
    Sensor Resolution 10 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3 648 x 2 736 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.95 μm
    Pixel Density 26.08 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 480/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1 600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 3 200 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Resolution 235k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 2.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 207k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 2 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDHC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Battery Type Leica BP-DC5 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)360 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 141 x 86 x 142 mm
    (5.6 x 3.4 x 5.6 in)
    Camera Weight 734 g (25.9 oz)

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