Leica unveils V-Lux 20 superzoom compact with built-in GPS

Leica unveils V-Lux 20 digital compact=Leica, camera makers for the pros, sharp street-shooters and the inordinately well heeled have announced their  first compact superzoom, the V-Lux 20.

The camera – basically the Panasonic ZS7/ TZ10 with a sprinkle of Leica fairydust –  features built-in GPS tagging, integrated image stabilisation and 720p HD video support.

GPS onboard!

The V-Lux packs a 12.1MP sensor, 460k pixel 3″ LCD with that generous LEICA DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9  23x optical zoom lens serving up a range of 25-300mm (35mm equiv).

The GPS tagging feature lets  photographers record both their geographical co-ordinates (embedded in the Exif data of each photo) automatically and local time, with the camera also able to display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 ‘points of interest’ across 73 countries.

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The camera also serves up movie recording in HD quality, with face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure available in movie mode, along with the camera’s zoom.

Naturally, there’s a ton of auto/scene modes for the point’n’shoot crowd, with manual shutter speed and aperture settings for creative types.

The LEICA V-LUX 20 will be available in the UK from May 2010 with a suggested retail price of £495. If you want to pop it in its stylish brown leather case below, you’ll have to say adieu to another £70.

Or if you want so save yourself a ton of cash, then buy the Panasonic Lumix TZ7 Digital Camera from Amazon for around half the price and make a stick on Leica badge for a near-identical experience.

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LEICA V-LUX 20 specifications

Sensor
• 1/2.33″ Type CCD
• 14.5 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes
• 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4000 x 3000, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
• 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4176 x 2784, 3392 x 2264, 2656 x 1768, 2048 x 1360, 640 x 424
• 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4320 x 2432, 3552 x 2000, 2784 x 1568 , 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360

Movie clips
• 1280×720 pixels @ 60fps
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
• 848 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps
(Motion JPEG)
• 640 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps
(Motion JPEG)
•320 x 240 pixels @ 30 fps
(Motion JPEG)

File formats
• Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21)
• Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Lens
• 12x optical zoom
• 25 – 300mm (35mm equiv.)
• f=4.1-49.2mm
• F3.3 – 4.9
• LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
• 10 elements in 8 groups

Image stabilisation Lens
Digital zoom Yes, up to 4x

Focus
• Normal
• Macro
• Zoom Macro
• Pre-focusing (On/Off)
• Continuous AF On/Off
• AF Tracking

Metering
• Face / AF tracking
• 11-point
• 1-point high speed
• 1-point
• Spot

Focus distance
• Normal: Wide 50cm – infinity, Tele 2m – infinity
• Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ Movie: Wide 3 cm / Tele 1 m – infinity

ISO sensitivity
• Auto
• 80
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600

Exposure compensation ± 2EV, 1/3EV steps

Shutter speed
• 60-1/2000 sec
• Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec

Aperture
• F3.3 – 4.9/ Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 – 6.3 (W) / F4.9 – 6.3 (T)

Modes
• Program mode (P)
• Aperture priority (A)
• Shutter priority (S)
• Manual setting (M)
• Snapshot
• Custom
• Scene
• Movie
• Clipboard

White balance
• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Halogen
• White Set

Self timer 2, 10 sec

Continuous shooting
• Full-Resolution Image
2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode)
• High-speed Burst Mode:
Approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority)
Approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Image parameters
Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)

Flash
• Auto, Auto with pre-flash (red-eye reduction), Auto with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off
• 0.6 – 5.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 3.6m (Tele/ISO Auto)

Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 3.0″ TFT LCD Display
• 460,800 dots
• Field of View : approx. 100%

• AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode

Connectivity
• USB2.0 High speed
• AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
• miniHDMI
• DC Input
Print compliance     • PictBridge
• DPOF

Storage
• SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
• 15MB internal memory

Power
• Li-ion battery
• Charger included
• AC adaptor (optional)

Weight (no batt)     196 g
Weight (with batt)     218g
Dimensions     103 x 62 x 33 mm

[www.leica-camera.co.uk]

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