Leica has announced the V-Lux 30 superzoom compact featuring an image-stabilized wideangle 16x zoom lens (24-384mm equivalent). The camera also offers 1080i Full HD movie recording in the AVCHD format, 10fps continuous shooting at full 14.1MP resolution, built-in GPS, and can generate 3D images. Rounding off the features set is a 3" touch-sensitive screen. The V-Lux 30 comes complete with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software, and will be available from June 2011 at a price of £550.
NEW: 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.
|Lens|| Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3 - 68.8 mm f/3.3-5.9 ASPH
24 – 384 mm 35 mm equivalent
12 elements / 10 groups
6 Aspherical surfaces in 3 elements
|Image Stabilization||MEGA O.I.S. Lens-shift stabilization|
|Focusing Modes|| Normal
Continuous focusing On/Off
|Metering modes|| Face Detection
|Focusing range|| 50 cm (wide-angle) / 2 m (tele) - infinity (P/A/S/M)
3 cm (wide-angle) / 1 m (tele) - infinity (Macro / intelligent /
auto / movie)
|Sensor|| 1/2.33" CMOS
15.1MP total pixels
14.1MP effective pixels
4320 x 2432
3648 x 2056
3072 x 1728
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
640 x 360
4320 x 2880
3648 x 2432
3072 x 2048
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
640 x 424
4320 x 3240
3648 x 2736
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
640 x 480
3232 x 3232
2736 x 2736
2304 x 2304
1920 x 1920
1536 x 1536
480 x 480
1920 x 1080 (MPO format)
|Movie clips||16:9 format AVCHD
1080i: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 60 min per clip)
720p: 1280 x 720 pixels (max. 60 min per clip)
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)
|Exposure modes|| Program mode (P)
Aperture priority (A)
Shutter Speed priority (S)
Manual Setting (M)
|Exposure compensation|| ±2 EV
1/3 EV steps
|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
|White balance|| Auto
|Sensitivity|| Auto ISO
|Shutter speeds|| 60s-1/4000s
Starry Sky mode: 15s/30s/60s
|Continuous shooting|| 2 fps: max. number 100 / 14 MP max. resolution
5 fps: max. number 100 / 14 MP max. resolution
10 fps: max. number 15 / 14 MP max. resolution
40 fps: max. number 50 / 5 MP max. resolution
60 fps: max. number 60 / 3.5 MP max. resolution
|Flash modes|| AUTO
AUTO with pre-flash (red-eye reduction)
AUTO with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash
|Flash range|| 60 cm – 5.0 m [W/ISO Auto]
1.0 -2.8 m [Tele/ISO Auto]
|Self timer|| 2 or10 sec delay|
|LCD display|| 3.0” TFT-LCD
A pprox. 460,800 pixels
Touch screen functionality
|Storage|| Approx. 18 MB internal memory
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
|Connectivity|| Mini-HDMI (type C)
AV output (NTSC/PAL)
|GPS|| Geodetic Data System: WGS84
1 Mio. Points of Interest
|Operating conditions|| 0-40°C
|Battery|| BP-DC7 Li-Ion
3.6 V / 895 mAh
260 pictures according to CIPA standards
|Dimensions (WxDxH)|| 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)|
|Supplied accessories|| Battery charger (Leica BC-DC7)
Lithium-Ion Battery (Leica BP-DC7)
CD with long instructions (PDF)
Printed short instruction manuals
|Supplied Software|| Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9
Adobe® Premiere® Elements 9
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