Leica V-Lux 5 leaked – another rebadged Panasonic FZ1000?

Leica V-Lux 5 leaked – another rebadged Panasonic FZ1000?
(Image credit: Nokishita)

The first image has surfaced of the upcoming Leica V-Lux 5, the latest bridge camera from the luxury brand, suggesting that an announcement will be happening any time now. 

The leak comes courtesy of the Japanese rumor ninjas at Nokishita, who had no further specs of information to share. However, looking at the history of the camera, we probably have a very good idea of what will be under the hood. 

That's because its predecessor, the Leica V-Lux (Typ 114), was little more than a clone of the Panasonic FZ1000 – albeit with a higher price tag. 

It's all part of the "unique" relationship between the two companies, which sees Panasonic bridges and compacts being rebadged and sold as Leicas, Leica-branded lenses being made by Panasonic factories, and of course the manufacturers working together as part of the full-frame mirrorless L-Mount Alliance. 

So, both common sense and the leaked picture of the camera point to the Leica V-Lux 5 being a rebranded Panasonic FZ1000 II – which in turn is awkwardly similar in specs to the FZ1000 / V-Lux. 

The Leica V-Lux 5 looks to be a rebadged Panasonic FZ1000 II

The Leica V-Lux 5 looks to be a rebadged Panasonic FZ1000 II (Image credit: Panasonic)

The camera features a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel sensor with a 9.1-146mm f/2.8-4.0 lens – which is an equivalent 25-400mm focal range in 35mm terms. 

In addition to the impressive 16x optical zoom, it also features a 5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer, burst shooting of 12 frames per second, and records 4K video up to 30 frames per second. 

It possesses a capable 0.39-inch, 2.36 million-dot, 0.74x organic Live View Finder and a 3-inch, 1.25 million-dot fully articulating LCD touchscreen. Unless Leica does something radical and unexpected, it will retain the Panasonic's 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7mm dimensions and 831g frame. 

No pricing or release information for the Leica V-Lux 5 has been hinted at, but the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is available now for £749 / $897. 

Read more: 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.