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Leica's V-LUX 2 digital camera. Photo provided by Leica Camera AG. Leica V-LUX 2: Long-zoom, CMOS digicam announced
(Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 09:29 EDT)

Leica Camera AG has today announced its new V-LUX 2 digital camera, based on Panasonic's  Lumix FZ100 model.

The Leica V-LUX 2 couples a 14.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor to a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded 24x optical zoom lens. The V-LUX 2's lens has a useful 25mm wide angle, and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to f/5.2 across the zoom range, and includes optical image stabilization. For framing and reviewing images, the Leica V-LUX 2 has both a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder, and an articulated 3.0-inch LCD display, each with 100% coverage.

The standout feature of the Leica V-LUX 2 is its incredibly swift 11fps full-resolution burst mode, using a mechanical shutter. Reducing the V-LUX 2's resolution to 3.5 megapixels allows even faster 60 frames-per-second shooting. The Leica V-LUX 2 stores its data in 40MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital cards. Connectivity options include USB, standard-def NTSC / PAL video output, and high-def HDMI video output. Power comes from a 7.2V, 895mAh proprietary lithium-ion battery. One important difference from the Panasonic variant of the camera is that Leica's software bundle includes Adobe Photoshop Elements for still image editing, and Adobe Premiere Elements for video editing.

The Leica V-LUX 2 ships in October 2010, priced at $850, around $350 more than list pricing for the Panasonic camera. Our Leica V-LUX 2 review contains details on this camera.

Leica V-LUX 2
Leica's V-LUX 2 digital camera. Photo provided by Leica Camera AG. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeMid-Sized
Model NumberNorth America: V-LUX 2
Dimensions4.9 x 3.1 x 3.7 in.
(124 x 80 x 95 mm)
Weight18.3 oz (520 g)
Planned Price$850
Planned AvailabilityOctober 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCMOS
1/2.33" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
15.10 megapixels (total)
14.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4320 x 3240 (14.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
4320 x 2880 (12.4 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
640 x 424 (0.3 megapixels)
4320 x 2432 (10.5 megapixels)
3648 x 2056 (7.5 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 megapixels)
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, EVF; 202K dot color LCD; Approx. 100% coverage
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT, 14 elements in 10 groups, 3 Asph. and 3 ED elements
24x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.5 - 108.0mm (actual)
25 - 600mm (35
mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 (wide) / f/5,2 (tele) - f/8 (up to f/11 in movie mode)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing Rang Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, Manual setting, Manual measurement
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Range: 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesPanorama Assist, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame, High Speed Movie
Digital ZoomUp to 4x ( Max. 96.0 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
Self TimerYes, 2, 10, 10 (3shots) seconds
Movie Format AVCHD / QT Motion JPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatRAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input, Mini-HDMI with Viera
Battery Type7.2V, 895mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwareAdobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements
Flash Memory40.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesRebadged version of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100.

Original Source Press Release:

Versatile high performance: The new LEICA V-LUX 2 – The compact camera for travel and nature photography

Solms, Germany (September 21, 2010) – Leica Camera is proud to present a new addition to its digital compact camera portfolio, the V-LUX 2, debuting at Photokina on September 21. The V-LUX 2 combines a high-performance 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.

"Its versatile lens and compact form make the LEICA V-LUX 2 the ideal camera for the ambitious travel and wildlife photographer," says Peter Kruschewski, Product Manager for Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera AG. "In certain shooting situations the use of camera systems with lens changes is often 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." Kruschewski continues, "The V-LUX 2 is an interesting alternative to comparable SLR systems. Compact and lighter, it significantly reduces the weight and volume of a traveler's photographic equipment."

The V-LUX 2's LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 4.5 - 108 mm f/2.8 - 5.2 ASPH. 24-fold super-zoom lens offers an enormous range of focal lengths equivalent to 25–600 mm in 35-mm format. Whether shooting expansive landscapes, finely detailed macro studies at short distances or distant objects with a super-telephoto setting, the LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 4.5 - 108 mm f/2.8 - 5.2 ASPH. lens captures them all in breathtaking quality. 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. In combination with the camera's electronics and firmware, the sensor guarantees brilliant, high-contrast images with natural color rendition and superb sharpness.

The V-LUX 2's 3" LCD display has a resolution of 406,000 pixels and can be twisted and turned in almost any direction, making it easy for photographers to compose pictures from even the most unusual 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 integrating, the entire 24-fold 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.

Characterized 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 evidently positioned, assuring a simple and pleasant use. For instance, video recording can be started quickly and easily at the touch of a button on the top deck of the camera.

The LEICA V-LUX 2 is supplied complete with a comprehensive software package. The image processing software, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, provides users with an extremely versatile, all-inclusive solution that offers viewing, organization, administration and a wide range of processing options for still images and video recordings. The bundle also includes the high-quality software Adobe® Premiere® Elements especially designed for video processing. This easy-to-use software package offers optimum features for processing videos recorded by the V-LUX 2 in AVCHD-Format and also enables the creation of professional audio and video effects.
The LEICA V-LUX 2 will be available for $849.00 starting October 2010.

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