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Leica Introduces V-LUX 20 Camera With GPS

4/29/2010 04:39:43 PM Eastern

Allendale, N.J. -
Precision lens and camera manufacturer Leica Camera recently introduced the V-LUX
20 12.1-megapixel digital compact camera with a 12x optical zoom lens and the
company's first built-in GPS tagging function.

 Leica introduced the V-LUX 20 ($700 estimated retail) that will add GPS image tagging to the line for the first time.

The V-LUX 20,
expected to ship this spring at a $700 estimated street retail, packages a
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), giving it a wide range of options
for most shooting conditions.

The V-LUX 20 is
the first model in the camera resource's line to feature GPS tagging. The
feature enables recording the geographical co-ordinates of a photo's location
(in the Exif data) automatically, as well as the local time, to help document a
trip for quickly archiving and organizing photos.

The camera also displays
the names of sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 points of interest in
73 countries, Leica said.

The V-LUX 20
records video in up to 720p/60fps, adds a mini HDMI output and includes a range
of intelligent automatic features, including an 11-point autofocus system, face
recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure.

Memory card
support includes SD/SDHC and SDXC card formats.

Other features
include a 3-inch LCD display with 460,000-pixel resolution, a matte-black
finish, a range of manual shutter speed and aperture settings, and integrated
image stabilization. It ships with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, and a brown leather case is available as an
optional accessory through authorized Leica dealers.