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    LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide to t

    Just received this e-mail from Leica thought I would post it here.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    New: LEICA V-LUX 20
    The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide to telephoto

    Solms, Germany (April 20, 2010) - Leica Camera AG presents a new, 12.1 megapixel digital compact camera: the LEICA V-LUX 20. Equipped with a high performance DC-VARIO ELMAR lens, innovative GPS tagging, optional HD movie recording and various automated functions, the V-LUX 20 is a truly universal camera, capable of capturing all moments of life.

    The V-LUX 20’s LEICA DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1–49.2 mm f/3.3–4.9 ASPH. zoom lens offers a range of focal lengths of 25–300 mm in 35-mm format, making it the ideal camera for almost any photographic environment. Whether shooting expansive landscapes, finely detailed macro studies at short distances or shots of distant objects with a super-telephoto setting, its 12x zoom captures them all in images of breathtaking quality. Integrated image stabilization helps photographers in every shooting situation and also prevents fuzzy pictures caused by camera shake or difficult lighting conditions.

    “High-performance optics, compact size and simple, intuitive handling: these are the trademarks of the V-LUX 20. It is the ideal tool for effortless photography and can be utilized by the whole family – for everyday shooting, special occasions or when traveling,” says Peter Kruschewski, Product Manager Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera AG. “At the same time, the manual setting options of the V-LUX 20 offer more ambitious photographers absolute creative control over their pictures.”

    The LEICA V-LUX 20 is characterized by clear lines, ergonomic design and evidently positioned controls. Its straightforward handling is further enhanced by a whole range of automatic functions. For the more knowledgeable photographer, manual setting options for shutter speed and aperture provide all the creative freedom necessary for image control. A selector dial on the top deck of the camera allows fast and simple selection of a wide range of settings.

    The generously dimensioned, three-inch monitor of the V-LUX 20 has a large 3 inch TFT display with a resolution of 460,000 pixels, offering an extremely bright and sharp view. It is a reliable and precise tool for the assessment of image composition and framing before shooting, as well as for quality control of captured shots.

    As the first Leica digital camera to feature GPS tagging, the Leica V-LUX 20 allows photographers to record not only the geographical coordinates of the location in the Exif data of the image files, but also the local time for every shot. An extremely useful aid for archiving pictures, the GPS tagging function prevents all travelers from ever forgetting where their pictures were taken. All images posted on social networks, image portals and map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth reveal exactly when and where they were shot.* When abroad, the V-LUX 20 can also display local sights and interesting places. This feature offers a total of 500,000 so-called ‘points of interest’ in 73 different countries.

    In addition to featuring GPS tagging, the V-LUX 20 is equipped with a movie function that enables the recording of moving pictures in HD quality. Together with the camera’s zoom function, smart automatic features such as face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure are all available in movie mode, making the V-LUX 20 a superior movie-maker in a compact format.

    The LEICA V-LUX 20 will be available at specialized Leica dealers from the end of April 2010. Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 is one of the standard features provided with V-LUX 20. A matching brown calfskin case for the camera is available as an optional accessory.

    For additional information, please visit us.leica-camera.com. For media inquiries, high resolution images and loan out requests, please contact Evins Communications.

    * It is possible that GPS tagging may not function in the People’s Republic of China and neighbouring regions. Satellite signal reception may be impossible, depending on the location. In such cases, the positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.

    About Leica Camera:
    Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, technology and experience. It is at once an extension of art, knowledge and philosophy, providing a state-of-the-art optical experience in a precision, hand-made photographic instrument. Leica Camera has a simple mission: to provide users with an incomparable experience, an instrument that defines an unsurpassed heritage and sets a standard of excellence for the industry to meet.
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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    All for a mere $699.00 for a P&S camera.

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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    V-LUX 20:
    Dimensions (WxHxD) approx. 103 x 62 x 33 mm / 4 1/16 x 2 7/16 x 1 9/32”
    Weight approx. 218 g (with Memory card and battery)

    versus X1:
    Dimensions (WxHxD) approx. 124 x 32 x 59,5 mm
    Weight approx. 286 g (without rechargeable battery).

    Will it fit in my pocket? Not quite.

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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    The Canon SD series is my current pocket camera (borrowed from wife when needed).

    Dimensions: 3.52 x 2.16 x 0.79" (89.5 x 54.9 x 20.0mm)
    Weight: 4.23 oz (120g)

    I wish Leica would consider pocketability as a major factor in casual users purchasing these P&S magic machines. Most women, and some men, don't want to carry anything larger than would fit in a man's dress shirt pocket.

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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    Quote Originally Posted by Mango View Post
    The Canon SD series is my current pocket camera (borrowed from wife when needed).

    Dimensions: 3.52 x 2.16 x 0.79" (89.5 x 54.9 x 20.0mm)
    Weight: 4.23 oz (120g)

    I wish Leica would consider pocketability as a major factor in casual users purchasing these P&S magic machines. Most women, and some men, don't want to carry anything larger than would fit in a man's dress shirt pocket.
    C-Lux2?

    95 x 52 x 22 mm (3.7 x 2 x 0.9 in)

    But you can't expect such a big zoom range in something the size of the V-lux 20

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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    You're right Jono, but the problem I have is that the C-Lux2 is going to be two years old soon. What do you think about this camera, Canon SD3500, with a 3.5 inch touch screen (you can touch an object on the screen and the camera will follow-focus that object), ISO 1600, HD movie mode, the technology is amazing for such an affordable camera:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...S_Digital.html

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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    I played with it earlier today at the Leica Roadshow. It personally doesn't interest me. It's after the mainstream market but the price is too high for that IMO. $700 gets you a lot of cameras many of which shoot RAW. That said the 25-300mm zoom has its place and it also takes decent videos (OIS works pretty well too.)
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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    Quote Originally Posted by Mango View Post
    ............the problem I have is that the C-Lux2 is going to be two years old soon. What do you think about this camera, Canon SD3500, with a 3.5 inch touch screen (you can touch an object on the screen and the camera will follow-focus that object), ISO 1600, HD movie mode, the technology is amazing for such an affordable camera:
    What about the D-Lux-4? It is still available, has a very good following, takes raw if you prefer, user can set aperture down to F2.0 and at a very wide angle for a compact at 24mm, zoom to 60mm. (may not be long enough for some). Optional optical viewfinder and flashgun's available too! As a basic camera it is very pocketable.
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    V-Lux 20 NOOOO Raw files only Jpeg, what is Leica thinking. $699. for a Jpeg Camera ?
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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    D-Lux 4 is still the best P&S on the market IMO.
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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    sounds like it would be a nice "party favor", eh?
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    They need to put that 460,000 pixel LCD on the M9!

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    Re: LEICA V-LUX 20 The universal compact camera for outstanding pictures – from wide

    Am I the only one to look at the V-Lux 20 and think "meh?"

    Aside from the GPS tagging (whoop-dee-doo) my relatively ancient Canon G9 does all this, and it cost me <$400 (used).

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