Leica announces 3mpix, 3x zoom digicam|
(Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 20:04 EDT)
Leica Camera AG has announced a new digital camera with a very distinctive visual style, the Leica D-Lux, for the European market.
The new Leica D-LUX, uncovered by our friends at the German website digitalkamera.de, features a 3.34 megapixel CCD imager, maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. At first glance, the camera body looks remarkably slim, but this is actually somewhat of an optical illusion - compared, for example to the Pentax Optio S the Leica D-LUX is fully 50% wider and thicker, but almost the exact same height. The camera will be available in Europe this May at a price of €900, roughly equivalent to US$972 / CAD$1408 / £619 / ¥117,000 (ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties). Full specifications courtesy of Leica follow:
|Picture type / format ||Digital camera, 1/2.5" CCD sensor with 3.34 million pixels (3.2 million effective). |
|Resolution ||Choice of 2,048 x 1,536, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels, or 320 x 240 for video recordings. |
|Compression rates of photographic data ||Either standard or low data compression. |
|Data recording ||Still images to JPEG and DPOF standard, still images with soundtrack to JPEG standard and 640 x 480 pixels to QuickTime Motion JPEG standard, moving images (video recordings) to QuickTime Motion JPEG standard. |
|Storage media ||SD Memory Card (64 MB SD card supplied with camera) and MultiMedia Card |
|Film speed setting ||Either automatic or manual to ISO 50/18°, 100/21°, 200/24° or 400/27° |
|White balance ||Either automatic or presets for daylight, cloud, halogen lighting or manual setting. |
|Lens ||LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT f/2,8–4,9/5,8–17,4 mm ASPH. with 7 elements in 6 groups, 3 aspherical surfaces (corresponds to 35 – 105 mm for 35 mm photography). Focal length adjusted by zoom rocker switch conveniently located behind the shutter release. |
|Digital zoom ||Max. 3 x, together with the lens gives a total zoom range of 9 x. |
|Focusing range ||Automatic focusing, max. range from 10 or 30 cm (for wide-angle or telephoto setting, respectively) to infinity. |
|Smallest object field ||10 cm at wide-angle setting 80 x 110 mm, 30 cm at telephoto setting 80 x 110 mm. |
|Autofocus system ||Passive TTL contrast comparison AF, choice of normal or spot measurement field (coupled to exposure metering). |
|Exposure || |
|Exposure modes: |
Fully automatic (AUTO), automatic program with free choice of menu-controlled functions (P), 4 subject-related automatic programs for close-up, portraits, landscapes and twilight shots, automatic program for reddish or blueish color rendering or for black-and-white, fully automatic for video recordings.
|Exposure measurement: |
Depending on exposure mode, multi-field, center-weighted or spot measurement (coupled to AF).
|Storage of measurement data: |
The focus and exposure measurement is stored by pressing the shutter release to the pressure point.
|Exposure correction: |
±2EV in 1/3 EV steps.
Automatic exposure bracketing mode:
3 exposures with 1/3 , 2/3 , or 1 EV graduations.
|Shutter speed range ||Central mechanical shutter,1 to 1/2000 s, for video recordings 1/30 to 1/1000 s. |
|Series exposures ||Either 2 p/s or 4 p/s, max. 8 exposures (with standard data compression), or 5 exposures (low data compression). |
|Flash || |
Choice of Automatic Flash On (no display), Automatic Flash and Pre-Flash On, Manual Flash On, Manual Flash and Pre-Flash On in connection with longer exposure times, Manual Flash Off.
Range of integrated flash unit:
(at ISO 100/21°) 0.1 – 3.5 m at 5.8 mm, or 0.3 – 2.0 m at 17.4 mm, guide no. 9.8.
Flash recharging time of integrated flash unit:
approx. 2 s with fresh battery.
|Viewfinder || |
|Real image viewfinder with crosshairs for autofocus metering field or spot AF and exposure metering field, markings for close-range exposures. |
|Viewfinder magnification: |
0.36 x at wide-angle or 1.0 at telephoto setting.
|Monitor ||1.5" color TFT LCD with 114,000 pixels, max. 0.01 % defect pixels. |
|Self timer ||Countdown either 2 or 10 s, flashing LED on the front of the camera and corresponding symbol on monitor. |
|Camera On/Off ||Main switch on camera top. Lens protection cap opens/closes, lens moves to ready or idle position, optional automatic switch-off of camera electronics after about 2/5/10 minutes (standby mode), reactivation by tapping the shutter release or by switching the camera off and back on. |
|Connections ||5-pin mini USB socket 2.0 Fullspeed for fast data transmission to the computer, EIAC Type 3 DC-IN socket for DC power supply, A/V output with 2.5 mm mini jack for image and sound transmission to TV/audio system/computer. |
|Compatibility ||EPSON Print Image Matching System (PIM 2.5), Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), MacOS 9.x – MacOS X, Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. |
|Operating voltage ||3.6/4.7 V (battery voltage/mains operation) |
|Power supply ||Rechargeable lithium ion battery, 3.6 V, 680 mAh |
|Power consumption || |
|2.1 W (taking exposures with monitor switched on), |
|1.6 W (monitor switched off), |
|1.8 W (playback with monitor switched on). |
|Mains / charger unit input ||AC 100 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz, adapts automatically. |
|Body ||Outer body of anodized aluminum in Leica design. Side attachment for carrying strap. |
|Tripod thread ||A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4") |
|Dimensions (W x H x D) and Weight || |
|121 x 52 x 34 mm |
|approx. 180 g/200 g (without/with battery) |