updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu April 15, 2010
Leica to take Panasonic ZS7 upscale with new V-Lux
Leica is on the verge of launching a new compact camera as one of its most affordable models. A leak of the V-Lux20 shows it to be an upscale version of Panasonic's Lumix ZS7 with the same 12X, 25-300mm zoom. The point of reference would dictate the built-in GPS, 12-megapixel sensor, HD video recording and three-inch preview LCD.
It's not evident in the Leica Rumors scoop what would separate the V-Lux20 from the Panasonic camera, but the body design and the choice of lenses are possible factors.
If launched according to the rumor, the new model would be made public as soon as April 20th and could ship to stores on May 9th. In Europe, it would cost about 549 euros ($744) versus just 336 euros ($455) for the ZS7.