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

By dpreview staff on May 4, 2010 at 09:18 GMT

Leica has unveiled its first compact superzoom, the V-Lux 20 which also features built-in GPS tagging. A near-identical twin of the Panasonic ZS7/ TZ10, but with a more expensive price tag of US $699/£495 GBP, the camera includes almost all of the features including a 12.1MP sensor, 460k dot 3" LCD and 12x optical zoom (25-300mm equiv.). Like the ZS7 it also features 720p HD video recording, however it can only shoot it in a less sophisticated Motion JPEG format than the Panasonic's AVCHD Lite format.

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Capture the world with the LEICA V-LUX 20:high-performance compact digital camera with super-zoom and GPS tagging

April 20, 2010: Leica Camera AG has announced the LEICA V-LUX 20, a 12.1 effective megapixel digital compact camera with a powerful 12x optical zoom lens and built-in GPS tagging*, making it ideal for recording special memories when travelling – wherever you are in the world.

The integrated, high-performance LEICA DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9 ASPH. zoom lens with a focal range of 25-300mm (35mm equivalent) means the V-Lux 20 is perfect for any photographic situation. Whether shooting expansive landscapes, detailed close-ups or shots of distant subjects using the super-telephoto setting, the V-Lux 20 captures them all in breath-taking quality.

The V-Lux 20 is the first Leica camera to feature GPS tagging. For anyone travelling regularly – whether on exotic safaris, family beach holidays or even those important business trips – this innovative feature allows photographers to record the exact geographical co-ordinates of their location (in the Exif data of each photo) automatically, as well as the local time for every shot, ensuring the user always has a useful and accurate record of their trip.  In addition, the V-Lux 20 can display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 ‘points of interest’ across 73 countries.

The built-in GPS feature also makes archiving and organising photos quick and easy, during or after a trip. Furthermore, for photographers posting images on social networks, image portals or map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth, the data automatically reveals exactly when and where the photos were taken.*

For those who want to make movies as well as still images, the LEICA V-LUX 20 enables movie recording in HD quality. Its intelligent automatic features, such as face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure, are all available in movie mode, together with the camera’s zoom functions.

The V-Lux 20’s generous three inch LCD display has a diagonal of 7.5cm and a resolution of 460,000 pixels, and offers an extremely bright, sharp view for precise composition and framing of shots, as well as accurate quality control for captured shots in playback mode.

Beautifully styled in a matt black finish, the V-Lux 20 has been designed with simple, ergonomic controls and user-friendly menus, and offers fully automatic functions for those who prefer to ‘point and shoot’. It also provides a complete range of manual shutter speed and aperture settings for more creative freedom and image control. In addition, the integrated image stabilisation assists the photographer by reducing the chance of blurred pictures, whether due to camera shake or difficult lighting conditions. The compact dimensions and light weight of the camera also make it easy to pack into a bag or rucksack, or simply carry in a pocket, so users can ensure the LEICA V-LUX 20 is with them on every trip.

Accessories and software
The LEICA V-LUX 20 includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for quick and easy image editing. A high quality brown leather case for the camera is available as an optional accessory from authorised Leica dealers.

Pricing and availability
The LEICA V-LUX 20 will be available in the UK from May 2010 from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk, tel: 020 7629 1351. A full list of authorised Leica dealers is available at www.leica-camera.co.uk. The suggested retail price of the LEICA V-LUX 20 is £495. The optional brown leather case has an SRP of £70.

* GPS tagging may not function in China and neighbouring regions. Strength of satellite signal reception depends on location, and when restricted, positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.

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

• 1280x720 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 stabilization 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

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