Leica has added two new models to the current compact range, supplementing the earlier release at Photokina of the £16,700 Titanium M9. The V-Lux 2, a 24x superzoom, and D-Lux 5, a 10MP creative compact, are priced far more sensibly while still adhering to the aesthetic quality levels Leica normally reproduce.

The D-Lux 5 has all the manual controls any DSLR user would need, from shutter and aperture through to focus, and a 24-90mm zoom lens. Thanks to an aperture of f/2 to f/3.3 the focus should be extremely rapid and the images bright, and the 1.63″ CCD is larger than an average compact sensor, making it capable of some excellent images.

Unsurprisingly the body is decidedly minimalist and retro in design, with a plain black frame and only the red Leica badge as a splash of colour. The D-Lux 5 is capable of 720p HD video, and offers a 3″ LCD with the ability to add an eletronic viewfinder to the top via a shoe.  

Leica has also released a new bridge model, the V-Lux 2, which offers an impressive 24x optical zoom and 14.1MP CMOS sensor. There’s also a HD video mode, full manual controls and up to an 11 frame per second burst rate at full quality.

The 3″ LCD is hinged, allowing for it to be flipped out and rotated for low and high angle shots. This is Leica’s first foray into the superzoom market, and has all the hallmarks of being highly successful.

The V-Lux 2 and D-Lux follow the V-Lux 20 high zoom compact in being more affordable offerings from one of photography’s most prestigious brands, and much like the V-Lux 20 is extremely similar to a Panasonic compact. The V-Lux 2 closely resembles the FZ100 bridge model, even down to the spec and features list, and in a similar sense the D-Lux 5 is virtually identical to the Panasonic LX5.

The RRP of the V-Lux 2 is £675, with the D-Lux 5 being £630. More information can be found at www.leica.com.

Leica D-Lux 5 announcement

Leica announces the LEICA D-LUX 5: Versatile compact camera with full creative control for the discerning photographer



21 September 2010: Leica Camera AG has announced the LEICA D-LUX 5 – a high-performance compact digital camera with full creative control.
 


Successor to the acclaimed D-LUX 4, the LEICA D-LUX 5 offers a faster LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 – 19.2mm f/2 – 3.3 ASPH. lens with an extended range of focal lengths equivalent to 24 to 90mm in 35mm format. Together with its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the versatile LEICA D-LUX 5 offers a broader spectrum of photographic options – from macro and wide-angle architecture and landscape photography to reportage and portrait photography. The camera’s 1,280 x 720 pixel HD video function in memory-saving AVCHD-Lite format, and a full range of optional accessories, open up a world of photographic opportunities for the discerning photographer.



Peter Kruschewski, product manager for Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera AG, said, “Thanks to its ultra-fast image processing, simple handling and compact form, the LEICA D-LUX 5 is a truly unique compact camera with system character. It offers users endless opportunities for creative photography and allows photographers to capture the most spontaneous, fleeting moments as unforgettable pictures.” 
 


The LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 – 19.2mm f/2 – 3.3 ASPH. zoom lens offers an extremely practical range of focal lengths. In addition, its exceptionally fast maximum aperture makes it an ideal camera for ‘available light’ photography. Whether in difficult lighting conditions, or for conscious manipulation of depth of field, the LEICA D-LUX 5 is the perfect camera for capturing truly distinctive images. 
 
Featuring a particularly large CCD for a compact camera, the D-Lux 5’s 1/1.63″ sensor is finely tuned to produce the highest quality images from the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 5.1 – 19.2 mm f/2 – 3.3 ASPH. lens. Combined with the camera’s electronics and firmware, it guarantees brilliant high-contrast images with natural colour rendition and superb sharpness. Also contributing to its exceptional image quality, the D-LUX 5’s pixels are considerably larger than that of other compacts.  
 


The D-LUX 5 delivers images in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1, a particularly interesting format for creative composition, in both capture and review mode. The camera’s 3″ LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle and a resolution of 460,000 pixels, displaying images in superb detail, and allowing photographers to assess images precisely both during composition and after capture. 
The LEICA D-LUX 5 is characterised by clear lines and a stylish, uncomplicated design in an elegant black matt finish. Its formal simplicity, clear and intuitive controls, and a focus on essential features, are typical of all Leica cameras.
 


Users can enter manual settings quickly and easily using the D-LUX 5’s innovative ‘clickwheel’ located at the back of the camera. It also offers numerous automatic functions for effortless photography that guarantee the user perfectly exposed and sharp images by simply pressing the shutter release. The camera’s automatic functions control the O.I.S. image stabiliser, automatic ISO selection, face recognition, automatic contrast compensation and automatic scene mode. The 1280 x 720 pixel HD video function is started simply by pressing a button on the top of the camera.
 
Software and accessories





The LEICA D-LUX 5 is supplied with the Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3, professional image processing software that allows photographers to ‘develop’ RAW image files from the CCD, to obtain the highest image quality and maintain complete control over the development process applied to their images. 
 


A full range of optional accessories is available for the D-LUX 5, including a LEICA EVF1 electronic viewfinder, which is particularly useful when shooting under extreme lighting conditions. Mounted on the accessory shoe, it enables ‘Live-View’, allowing the photographer to view the subject through the lens and assess the precise composition of an image.

The LEICA CF 22 flash unit provides photographers with additional options for flash exposure and fill-in flash, while a handgrip helps to ensure steady and safe handling of the camera. A choice of optional bags and cases is also available, ranging from an elegant leather case with shoulder strap, a stylish, soft leather pouch, and an ever-ready camera case with a grip and a viewfinder case attached to the carrying strap.

Pricing and availability





The LEICA D-LUX 5 will be available in the UK from October 2010 from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk. The suggested retail price of the LEICA D-LUX 5 is £630 including VAT.

Accessories are priced as follows (SRP including VAT):





Leica D-Lux 5 EVF1 electronic viewfinder – £270



Leica D-Lux 5 ever-ready case – £135



Leica D-Lux 5 brown leather case – £90



Leica D-Lux 5 soft leather pouch – £62



Leica D-Lux 5 handgrip – £62



Leica CF 22 flash unit – £225





The LEICA D-LUX 5 comes with a two-year warranty and a one-year Leica ‘Passport’ (accidental damage cover).

Leica V-Lux 2 announcement

Leica announces the LEICA V-LUX 2: The
super-zoom compact for travel and nature photography


21 September 2010: Leica Camera AG has announced the LEICA V-LUX 2, combining a
high-performance 24x super-zoom lens and outstanding image quality with a sleek
and compact body. Equipped with a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 4.5 – 108 mm f/2.8 -
5.2 ASPH. lens, a 3” rotating LCD display and a wide variety of video
functions in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD, the V-LUX 2 is ideal for almost any
photographic situation.

 

The V-LUX 2’s 24x optical super-zoom lens offers an enormous range of focal
lengths equivalent to 25-600 mm in 35mm format. Whether shooting expansive
landscapes, finely detailed macro studies at short distances, or far-away
objects, people or animals with a super-telephoto setting, the Leica lens
captures them all in breathtaking quality.


Peter Kruschewski, product manager for Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera
AG, said, “The V-Lux 2’s versatile lens and compact form make it the ideal
camera for the ambitious travel and wildlife photographer. In certain shooting
situations, having to change lenses can be frustrating, especially when a quick
reaction is required. Thanks to the V-LUX 2’s large range of focal lengths,
this compact camera has the ability to capture almost all moments of life. The
V-LUX 2 is an interesting alternative to comparable SLR systems. Compact and
lighter, it also significantly reduces the weight and volume of photographic
equipment when travelling.”

 

A newly developed 14.1 MP CMOS image sensor tuned to perfection enhances the
high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 4.5 – 108 mm f/2.8 – 5.2 ASPH. zoom
lens. In combination with the camera’s electronics and firmware, the sensor
guarantees brilliant, high-contrast images with natural colour rendition and
superb sharpness.

 

The LEICA V-LUX 2’s 3″ LCD display has a resolution of 460,000 pixels and can
be twisted and turned in almost any direction, making it easy for photographers
to compose pictures from even the most unusual or challenging angles. When
shooting stills or videos from over their heads or close to the ground,
photographers using the V-LUX 2 are always in full control.

 

In addition to offering an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind
noise filter that guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack, the entire 24x zoom
range is available during video recording. The LEICA V-LUX 2 is the first Leica
digital compact to feature video capture in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD.

 

One of the world’s fastest consecutive-shooting cameras, the LEICA V-LUX 2
features high-speed burst shooting capability: bursts of 11 frames per second
at the full resolution of 14.1 MP, or 60 frames per second with a resolution of
2.8 MP.

 

Characterised by a compact design and extremely simple handling, the V-LUX 2’s
integrated handgrip and light weight allows photographers to shoot one-handed.
The camera controls are clearly laid out, ensuring fast and simple operation.
For instance, video recording can be started quickly and easily at the touch of
a button on the top plate of the camera.

 


Software


The LEICA V-LUX 2 is supplied with a comprehensive suite of software. Adobe®
Photoshop® Elements® 8 provides users with a comprehensive and versatile image
editing solution that offers viewing, organisation, administration and a wide
range of processing options for still images and video recordings. Also
included is Adobe® Premiere® Elements® 8, an easy-to-use package offering video
processing for movies recorded by the V-LUX 2 in AVCHD format, and also
enabling the creation of professional audio and video effects.


Pricing and availability


The LEICA V-LUX 2 will be available in the UK from October 2010 from authorised
Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk

http://www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk/>

, tel: 020 7629 1351. A full list of authorised UK Leica dealers is available
at www.leica-camera.co.uk http://www.leica-camera.co.uk/>
. The suggested retail price of the LEICA V-LUX 2 is £675 including VAT. An
outdoor case will be available for the V-LUX 2 at an SRP of £135 including VAT.

 

The LEICA V-LUX 2 comes with a two-year warranty and a one-year Leica
‘Passport’ (accidental damage cover).

 


Notes to Editors


For further information, high resolution images or products for review, please
contact Jenny Hodge at jenny.hodge@leica-camera.co.uk mailto:jenny.hodge@leica-camera.co.uk>
or call 07920 291920.

 

For full specifications, please visit: http://www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk/news/new-Leica-V-Lux2.html

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