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leica2.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Leica Digilux 2: The 'Analog' Digital Camera

The new Leica Digilux 2 camera combines the best of two worlds.

In the new Leica Digilux 2, modern digital technology and the proven concepts of traditional analog photography are joined in a harmonious combination: Decisive photographic parameters such as sharpness, aperture, focal length and shutter speeds can be controlled like those on a classic single-lens-reflex camera by means of setting rings on the lens and a shutter speed dial.

To ensure the best pictorial results, the lens, the sensor and the electronics are optimally tailored to one another. The 2/3-inch CCD sensor is very large for its resolution of 5 million pixels. This combination of a high-performance lens and a large surface per picture element produces an extraordinary pictorial quality.

At a Glance

Fast 7 - 22.5 mm LEICA DC VARIO SUMMICRON f/2 - f/2.4 ASPH. zoom lens (equivalent to a 28 - 90 mm zoom lens on a 35 mm camera)

2/3" CCD sensor with 5.0 million pixels

Analog photography feeling conveyed by manual setting possibilities directly at the lens

Its traditional clear design readily identifies it as a typical Leica

Transfer-reflexive 2,5" display with a resolution of 211,000 pixels and outstanding brilliance

Electronic viewfinder with 235,000 pixels that covers 100% of the picture being taken

Extra large picture storage card with 64 MB

Interval timing and control via the PC

USB 2.0 (High Speed); DC IN; AV output with option of PAL or NTSC; Remote release cable

Extremely robust and long-lived because of the use of high-grade materials and precision fabrication

Technical Data

File formats: RAW, JPEG (extra low, low and high compression/SUPER FINE, FINE, STANDARD), Motion-JPEG Storage media: SD-Memory Card and Multi Media Card (Camera is supplied with a 64MB SD-Memory Card)

Color display: 2.5" Color transreflective TFT-LCD with 211,000 pixels

Electronic Viewfinder: Electronic viewfinder with 235,000 pixels and diopter compensation (-4D...+4D); suitable for eyeglass wearers

Image Sensor: 2/3"-CCD sensor with 5.24 million total pixels, 5 million effective pixels, primary color filter

Sensitivity: ISO 100, 200, 400

Image sizes: 2,560x1,920; 2,048x1,536; 1,600x1,200; 1,280x960; 640x480; 1,920x1,080 (HDTV); 320x240 for video sequences

Capacity on a 64 MB card: JPEG approx. 15-484 images, RAW 5 images

Lens: LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 7-22.5 mm f/2.0-2.4 ASPH. (corresponds to a 28-90 mm zoom lens on a 35 mm camera); 13 elements 10 components

Near focus range: 30 cm

Digital zoom: 2x /3x

Exposure control: Program (P) with Program Shift, Aperture-priority (A), Shutter-priority (T), Manual exposure setting (M).Shutter speeds: 8s-1/4000s (in M and T:8s-1/2000s). Exposure metering modes: multi-field, center-weighted, spot auto exposure- and autofocus lock: activated by pressing the shutter release button halfway. Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Consecutive shooting: 2.7 or 1.0 images/second; max. 3-137 images

Built-in Flash: Guide number 10 (metric)/33 (feet); Range: wideangle setting approx. 4,5 m/16 ft; telephoto setting approx 4.0 m/13 1/4 ft (all values apply to ISO 100). Flash functions: automatic flash on; flash on; flash off; pre-flash for red-eye reduction; flash with slower shutter speeds; synchronization at the end of the exposure; hot shoe with contacts for use with external flash units. Flash exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3 EV steps. External flash: accessory shoe with contacts for control of external flash with SCA 3502-standard (e.g. LEICA SF 24D)

White balance: automatic, manual, pre-settings (daylight, overcast sky, incandescent light, flash) with fine adjustment possibility (+- 1500K max.)

Connections: USB 2.0 (High speed); DC IN; A/V output PAL/NTSC selectable, cable remote release

Tripod thread: A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4")

Other functions: Video recording (max. 6 min on a 64 MB memory card); sound recording for every picture (possible during and after shot); Flip animation; connectivity for cable remote release, camera can be controlled via USB connection with Leica USB Remote Control Software (included); focus magnifier for easy manual focus operation; multi language menu (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese); Black&White-Mode; Self-timer with 2s or 10s delay; tripod thread;

Compatibility: Exif-JPEG 2.2; EPSON Print Image System V2.5 (PIM); Digital Print Order Format V1.1 (DPOF); USB-DirectPrint; USB 2.0 HighSpeed

Power supply: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery 1400 mAH, 7.2V or external electrical mains connector/battery charger (included). Charging time: approx 2h in ACA-DC3

Operating conditions: Temperature: 0°C to 40°C/32°F to 104°F, relative humidity: 10% to 80%

Dimensions (W x H x D): 135 x 82 x103 mm / approx. 5 5/16 x 3 1/4 x 4 1/16 in

Weight: approx. 630 g without/705 g with battery

Outfit includes: electrical mains connector/battery charger, lithium-ion rechargeable battery 1400 mAh, 7.2V, SD memory card 64 MB, lens cap, lens hood with cap, A/V cable, USB cable, carrying strap, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 (Windows/Mac), ACDSee 6 PowerPack (Windows)/ACDSee 1.65 (Mac); Leica USB Remote Control Software, SilverFast DC-SE with Virtual Light Table; Apple QuickTime 6 (Windows);USB driver for Windows 98SE

(First posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 22:32 EST)

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