Leica V-Lux 3: New long-zoom camera announced


posted Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM EDT

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica website!Leica Camera AG has this week introduced its new V-Lux 3 digital camera, a twelve megapixel model with a 24x optical zoom lens.

As with all of the company's fixed-lens digital cameras except the X-1, the Leica V-Lux 3 is a rebadged variant of another camera--specifically, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150, which we just reviewed a few weeks ago. Comparing the spec sheets for the two cameras reveals little in the way of differences, although Leica does list a slightly lower overall weight. The most significant difference--beyond the little red dot on the camera's front, anyway--is the useful inclusion of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements in the Leica's product bundle.

Pricing for the Leica V-Lux 3 has not been announced at this time. Availability is set for January 2012. For more details, read our Leica V-Lux 3 preview.

Leica V-Lux 3
Camera Type EVF
Manufacturer Leica
Model Number North America: V-Lux 3
Dimensions 4.9 x 3.1 x 3.7 in.
(124 x 80 x 95 mm)
Weight 19.0 oz (540 g)
Planned Availability January 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type CMOS
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
12.80 megapixels (total)
12.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
4000 x 2672 (10.7 megapixels)
4000 x 2248 (9.0 megapixels)
2992 x 2992 (9.0 megapixels)
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, 0.20" color LCD EVF (202,000 pixels equiv.)
LCD 3.0 in. diagonal
461,000 dots (approx. 154,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom 16.0x max
Lens Type LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT; 14 elements in 10 groups, 2 Aspherical Lenses, 3 ED lenses, 1 Nano Surface Coat Lens
24x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 4.5 - 108.0mm (actual)
25 - 600mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/5.2 (tele) - f/8.0; Multistage Iris Diaphragm
Focusing System Contrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23 pt) / 1 pt (Flexible / Scalable)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Multi-field, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, Manual setting, Manual measurement
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red- eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction, Forced Off; Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Range: Auto ISO: 0.3 - 9.5m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- EV
Scene Modes Creative Control, Portrait, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Close- up, Scene (Panorama Assist, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame, High-Speed Video, 3D Photo), Custom, Creative Video
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format AVCHD 2.0, MP4; stereo sound. Motion JPEG for high-speed with audio
Max. clip length: 1,740 seconds ()
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG (EXIF 2.3), MPO (3D)
Video High definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Battery Type 7.2V, 895mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary
Product Bundle
Software Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements.
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary 895mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 70.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes, Optional Panasonic DMW-RSL1 wired remote
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Press Release


The versatile all-in-one camera for creative stills and video

Solms, Germany (December 8, 2011) - Leica Camera AG presents the Leica V-Lux 3, a new compact digital camera with an extensive range of features. The camera is extremely versatile, making it ideal for almost all photographic situations. For photographers shooting landscapes, architecture, sport, travel, portraits or wildlife, the V-Lux 3 incorporates an enormously flexible lens. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 - 108 mm f/2.8 - 5.2 ASPH. 24-fold super-telephoto zoom lens covers a wide range of focal lengths equivalent to 25–600 mm in 35 mm format. The newly developed 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor guarantees exceptional image quality for all applications. A truly universal solution for creative photographers looking for an all-in-one camera, the V-Lux 3 also features extensive broad range of video options and offers video quality comparable to premium-range camcorders.

“The Leica V-Lux 3 combines exceptional performance with the handy size of a compact camera. 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,” says Peter Kruschewski, Product Manager for Digital Compact Cameras at Leica Camera AG.

The Leica V-Lux 3 features a very impressive range of video functions, capturing full-HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 × 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second. This 1080p60 video format not only guarantees the perfect rendition of fast movement in outstanding detail but is also ideal for conversion to alternative resolutions and refresh rates. The entire 24-fold zoom range is available during video recording while an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack.

One of the fastest consecutive shooting cameras in its class, the V-Lux 3 incorporates a high-speed burst-shooting capability: bursts of 12 frames per second at full resolution, or 60 frames per second at a resolution of 3.5 MP.

A reliable aid to photographers in the precise composition and assessment of images, the 3" LCD display with 460,000 pixel resolution delivers an extremely bright and clear view. The monitor screen of the V-Lux 3 can be twisted and turned in almost any direction, opening up entirely new horizons for image composition from even the most unusual angles. When shooting stills or video from above their head or down close to the ground, photographers using the V-Lux 3 always remain in full control.

The design of the Leica V-Lux 3 is characterized by a compact form and extremely simple handling. The camera’s integrated handgrip keeps it steady and its light weight allows for one-handed shooting. All controls are clearly laid out and simple to use. For instance, video recording can be started quickly and easily at the touch of a button on the top deck of the camera.

Supporting Leica Camera’s commitment to an uncompromised customer experience, the Leica V-Lux 3 comes complete with a two-year warranty. The camera also is supplied with a comprehensive software package, including Adobe® Photoshop® Elements and Adobe® Premiere® Elements. The image-processing software Adobe® Photoshop® Elements offers users options for viewing, organization and administration in addition to a wide range of image-processing solutions. Adobe® Premiere® Elements is especially 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. Both programs are available as free downloads from the Leica Camera website after registration of the camera.

The Leica V-Lux 3 will be available from Leica Camera dealers beginning January 2012.