Solms, Germany - Leica Camera AG introduced Wednesday the V-Lux 3, a compact digital camera with 4.5-108mm f/2.8-5.2 ASPH 24-fold super-telephoto lens.
The camera's wide range of focal lengths is said to be equivalent
to a 25-600mm lens on a 35mm format camera. It offers a 12.1-megapixel CMOS
image sensor and will record up to 1920-by-1080/60p HD video.
"The Leica V-Lux 3 combines exceptional performance with the handy size of a compact camera," said Peter Kruschewski, Leica compact digital compact product manager. "It offers a vast range of focal lengths and covers almost all photographic situations that usually require the use of a camera system. The V-Lux 3 is therefore an attractive alternative to entry-level DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses,"
The full focal range of the 24-fold zoom lens is available for video recording, Leica said. The camera is also equipped with an integrated stereo microphone and electronic wind screen noise filter, for quality sound track recording.
For stills, the camera has a burst shooting speed of up to 12 frames per second at full resolution, or 60 frames per second at a resolution of 3.5 MP.
The cameras 3-inch LCD monitor offers 460,000 pixel resolution and can be twisted and turned in almost any direction.
An integrated handgrip enables one-handed shooting.
The Leica V-Lux 3, which will ship to dealers in January at a $949 suggested retail price., is backed by a two-year warranty, and ships with a comprehensive software package, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.
The Adobe Photoshop Elements software enables photo viewing, organization and administration in addition to a wide range of image-processing solutions.
Adobe Premiere Elements is specially designed for video processing and offers optimum features for processing videos recorded by the V-Lux 3 in AVCHD format, enabling the creation of professional audio and video effects.
Leica makes both programs available to V-Lux 3 purchasers as free downloads from the Leica Camera website after camera registration.