As promised, Leica announced a new compact camera today: the V-Lux 30 which will replace the already discontinued V-Lux 20. The camera is based on the Panasonic ZS10. The prices are as follow: Leica V-Lux 30 - $749, leather case - $140, soft leather case - $130, extra battery - $140.
THE LEICA V-LUX 30
The universal compact camera for carefree photography
Solms, Germany (May 26, 2011) - Leica Camera AG presents a new digital compact camera featuring a 15.1 megapixel sensor (14.1 MP effective) – the Leica V-Lux 30. In comparison to its forerunner model, the new camera has a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with an extended range of focal lengths and a new LCD touch screen display that guarantees fast and simple handling. Together with its numerous automatic features and manual setting options, this makes the Leica V-Lux 30 a compact and universal camera for the whole family. Additionally, its integrated GPS function and video recording in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD make it the ideal companion for all life’s moments from the family vacation to the backyard barbeque.
The Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3 - 68.8 mm f/3.3-5.9 ASPH. 16x zoom lens has an extended range of focal lengths equivalent to 24 to 384 mm in 35-mm format. Thanks to this high performance lens, the Leica V-Lux 30 delivers outstanding image quality and covers a wide range of photographic opportunities, ranging from wide-angle and macro shots to telephoto shots of distant subjects.
The newly developed 1/2.33" CMOS sensor of the Leica V-Lux 30 guarantees outstanding image quality and allows photographers to capture image sequences with the camera’s fast, continuous shooting mode. The Leica V-Lux 30 enables consecutive burst shooting at a rate of ten frames per second at a full resolution of 14.1 MP, or 60 frames per second with reduced resolution in a choice of individual aspect ratios. This allows users to reliably capture fast moving subjects - for example when shooting sports or wildlife. Its brand new 3D mode lets users take fascinating, creative images. In this mode, the camera combines two suitable shots from a sequence in a “stereo image pair” and saves them as a 3D image in MPO format.
An outstanding feature, the Leica V-Lux 30’s video recording mode offers performance comparable to that of digital camcorders. Particularly, the video mode records in efficient, 1080i-AVCHD-Full-HD format with the entire 16x zoom range available during video recording and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack.
As with the complete Leica portfolio, the V-Lux 30 is characterized by timelessly elegant styling and extremely easy handling. With the new 3" LCD touch screen, many camera features can now be controlled simply by touching the screen with a fingertip. This generously dimensioned screen has a diagonal of approximately three inches and displays images in outstanding brilliance with a resolution of 460,000 pixels. This provides users with an ideal tool for reliable and precise assessment of images both during composition and after capture.
Thanks to the integrated GPS function, the camera records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time for every shot and saves them in the Exif data of the image files. When travelling, the V-Lux 30 can also display the sightseeing highlights of the immediate neighborhood (1,000,000 so-called “Points of Interest”). Images posted on social networks, image portals and map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth reveal exactly when and where they were shot.*
The Leica V-Lux 30 will be available from Leica dealers beginning June 2011. The camera is supplied with an extensive software package comprising Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9 for still image processing and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 9, especially designed for video processing. There is also a choice of two different camera cases: The strong and resilient leather case and the soft leather case.
* It is possible that GPS tagging may not function in the People’s Republic of China and neighboring regions. Satellite signal reception may be impossible, depending on the location. In such cases, the positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.
Technical data LEICA V-LUX 30
Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3 - 68.8 mm f/3.3-5.9 ASPH. (corresponds to 24 – 384 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal lengths), 12 elements 10 groups); Aspherical Lenses: 6 surfaces in 3 elements
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Modes: Normal/Macro, continuous focusing (On/Off)
Metering modes: Face Detection, AF Tracking, multi points, 1 point, Spot, Touch Field
P / A / S / M: 50 cm (wide-angle) / 2 m (tele) - ∞
Macro / intelligent /auto / movie: 3 cm (wide-angle) / 1 m (tele) - ∞
Sensor: 1/2.33" CMOS with 15.1MP (effective 14.1MP)
Resolution / Recording File Format
Still pictures: 16:9 format: 4320 x 2432 pixels, 3648 x 2056 pixels, 3072 x 1728 pixels, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 360
3:2 format: 4320 x 2880 pixels, 3648 x 2432 pixels, 3072 x 2048 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels, 640 x 424
4:3 format: 4320 x 3240 pixels, 3648 x 2736 pixels, 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 640 x 480
1:1 format: 3232 x 3232 pixels, 2736 x 2736, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1920, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480
Movies: 16:9 format AVCHD: 1080i: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 60 min per clip) 720p: 1280 x 720 pixels (max. 60 min per clip)
Motion JPEG: 16:9 format: 1280 x 720 pixels (max. 30 min per clip)
4:3 format: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels (max. 30 min per clip)
3D: 16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 (MPO format)
Exposure modes: Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter Speed priority (S), Manual Setting (M)
Exposure compensation: Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ±2 EV
Scene modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., High-Speed-Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, Photo Frame, High Speed Movie
Metering modes: Multi-field / Centre weighted / Spot
White balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Manual setting
Sensitivity: Auto/iISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter speeds: 60s-1/4000s, (Starry Sky mode: 15s/30s/60s)
Continuous shooting mode: (Burst frequency: max. number of pictures / max. resolution)
2 B/s: max. number 100 / 14 MP max. resolution
5 B/s: max. number 100 / 14 MP max. resolution
10 B/s: max. number 15 / 14 MP max. resolution
40 B/s: max. number 50 / 5 MP max. resolution
60 B/s: max. number 60 / 3.5 MP max. resolution
Modes: AUTO, AUTO with pre-flash (to reduce red-eye effect), AUTO with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off
Range: 60 cm – 5.0 m [W/ISO Auto],
1.0 -2.8 m [Tele/ISO Auto]
Self-Timer: 2/10 s delay
Monitor: 3.0” TFT-LCD, approx. 460,800 pixels, Touch screen functionality
Internal memory: approx. 18 MB
SD: 8 MB – 2 GB
SDHC: 4 GB – 32 GB
SDXC: 48 GB – 64 GB
HDMI: Mini-HDMI cable (type C)
AV OUT/DIGITAL: Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed)
Dedicated jack (8-pin): Analogue Video/Audio: NTSC/PAL Composite (switchable in menu), Audio-line-out (mono)
GPS: Geodetic Data System: WGS84
Database: 1 Mio. Points of Interest
Humidity: 0-40°C / 10-80%
Battery (Lithium/Ion): BP-DC7
Voltage/capacity: 3.6 V / 895 mAh (260 pictures according to CIPA standards)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 104.9 x 57.6 x 33.4 mm / 4.13 x 2.27 x 1.31 in
Weight: 219 g / 7.72 oz (with memory card & battery)
Scope of delivery: Camera, Battery charger (Leica BC-DC7), Lithium-Ion Battery (Leica BP-DC7), Carrying strap, AV cable, USB cable, Software DVDs, CD with long instructions (PDF), Printed short instruction manuals, Touch Pen
Software: Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9,
Adobe® Premiere® Elements 9