updated 06:18 pm EDT, Thu May 10, 2012
Cameras available now, accessories to follow
Boutique German camera manufacturer Leica boosted their product line with the addition of two cameras to the venerable line today. The newly released V-Lux 40 replaces the V-Lux 30, while the X2 is the newest in the X-line of compact cameras. Both cameras are available immediately at all Leica dealers, including the Washington DC Leica store.
The compact line V-Lux 40 has an upgraded 15.3MP 1/2.23" CMOS image sensor with a higher dynamic range than its predecessor. The improved sensor offers higher-quality captures even in low light situations.
The Vario-Elmar 4.3-86mm f/3.3-6.4 ASPH lens is equivalent to 24-480mm in a 35mm format lens, making the one lens ideal for landscapes, long distance shooting, or macro sessions. A 20x maximum optical zoom applies to both still photography as well as the 60 frames per second, 1080p video capture capability of the camera.
Full GPS integration allows users to save the coordinates and local time of every shot in the EXIF data of the picture. In conjunction with the GPS information, the camera can display sightseeing highlights of the immediate neighborhood, drawing from a database containing a million points of interest. A 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen allows users to set all parameters of the camera rapidly.
Premium model X2 features a large CMS APS-C 23.6mm (.93 in) by 15.8mm (.62 in) image sensor for an effective 16.2MP. The Leica Elmarit 24mm f2.8 ASPH lens is installed in the new camera, and has a 35mm camera equivalent focal length of 36mm. The accessory shoe of the X2 offers full compatibility with the Leica SF24D and SF58 flashes.
Both cameras are available now. The V-Lux 40 is available for a MSRP of $699, and the X2 is available for $1999. Specific accessories designed for both cameras are not immediately available, and are due over the summer.
Leica V-Lux 40