Leica announces V-Lux 5, a rebadged Panasonic FZ1000 II

Leica V-Lux 5
(Image credit: Leica)

Following a few leaks and rumors, Leica has confirmed the release of the V-Lux 5, a travel-friendly bridge camera with a long zoom and 4K video capability.

The reason it has these capabilities, of course, is that it’s not exactly a new camera, but a repackaged version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II, just as the Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) was a repackaged FZ1000 with a smooth finish, a red dot and a higher price tag.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.