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Leica announces D-Lux 5 and superzoom V-Lux 2

Leica announces the Super-Zoom V-Lux 2 and the compact D-Lux 5 digital cameras. The new 14.1 megapixel Leica V-Lux 2 is ideal for travel and nature photography and is equipped with a 24x optical super-zoom lens with a focal-length of 25 to 600 mm, a viewfinder and a 3-inch LCD display that can be twisted and turned in almost any direction. The new 10.1 megapixel Leica D-Lux 5 is a versatile compact camera featuring a fast Leica Summicron zoom lens with focal-lengths from 24 to 90 mm and a fixed 3-inch LCD display....

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The Leica V-Lux 2
 
Thanks to its powerful 24x optical super-zoom lens with an enormous equivalent focal-length range of 25 to 600 mm, it is extremely flexible. The 3" LCD display can be twisted and turned in almost any direction and makes it easy for photographers to compose pictures from even the most unusual angles. It captures images of outstanding quality and features full-HD-video function plus an amazingly fast 11 images per second in continuous shooting mode. The V-Lux 2 is the ideal tool for globetrotters with a passion for exploring the parts of world that are still off the beaten track.
   
Ultra-wide focal-length range
Just like every other Leica lens, the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-5.2/4.5-108 mm ASPH. on the V-Lux 2 is a true optical masterpiece. The equivalent focal lengths of this 24x super zoom for photo and video range from a super wide-angle 25 mm to an extreme telephoto of 600 mm in 35mm format. This makes the Leica V-Lux 2 a true all-round genius - and the perfect camera for any situation. Its super zoom lens ensures pin-sharp pictures from finely detailed macro close-ups and breathtaking wide-angle vistas to super telephoto shots - and ideal camera, particularly for travel and nature photography. Thanks to its enormous zoom range, the V-Lux 2 opens up almost infinite photographic opportunities without any need to change a lens, and makes it an interesting alternative to comparable SLR systems with interchangeable lenses. In addition to its enormous range of focal lengths, another compelling feature of the compact V-Lux 2 is its newly developed high-performance, 14.1 megapixel, CMOS image sensor.

Continuous shooting at high speed
The ultra-fast consecutive burst capability of the Leica V-Lux 2 is more than impressive - with 11 frames per second at the full resolution of 14.1 MP or 60 frames per second with a resolution of 2.8 MP, the Leica V-Lux 2 is one of the world's fastest consecutive shooting cameras. This means that you just won't miss the decisive moment - even when shooting the fastest-moving subjects in the worlds of sport and nature. What's more, the V-Lux 2 can even reveal the details of motion sequences otherwise invisible to the human eye.

Fold-out LCD display
The V-Lux 2 offers entirely new viewing perspectives when shooting. The reason is its 3'' LCD screen that can be twisted and turned in almost any direction making it easy to compose pictures taken from the most unusual or challenging angles. When shooting stills or video from over their head or down close to the ground - photographers using the V-Lux 2 are in full control. And its high-resolution display with 460,000 pixel resolution guarantees a finely detailed and brilliant viewing image.

Videos in Full-HD-Quality
Another highlight of the V-Lux 2 is its ability to shoot videos in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD. This feature is often found only in high-quality digital camcorders and, in contrast to the usual M-JPEG format it uses about 50 % less memory - without any compromise in terms of brilliant image quality. The entire 24x zoom range is available during video recording, and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind-noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack. What's more, the V-Lux 2 also features an option for shooting still pictures in video capture mode.


The Leica D-Lux 5

This versatile compact camera featuring a fast Leica Summicron zoom lens with focal-lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), is the perfect camera for a broad spectrum of photgraphic situations: from macro and wide angle architecture to landscape, from reportage to portrait and available-light photography. Manual setting options and an extensive range of accessories provide even greater creative freedom. With such versatile performance in such a compact package, the D-Lux 5 is the perfect companion whenever you seek inspiration - in Berlin or anywhere else in the world . . .
     
Super-fast lens
The newly developed, fast, Leica DC Vario-Summicron 1:2-3.3/5.1-19.2 mm ASPH. zoom lens offers an extremely practical range of focal lengths (24-90 mm-equivalent in 35mm format) With it Leica sets another new benchmark in the history of compact camera lenses. Thanks to its extremely fast maximum aperture, the Leica DC Vario-Summicron makes it an ideal camera for "available light" photography e. g. in the dawn or twilight hours and the new lens offers even more creative freedom than its predecessor.

Brilliant image quality
The D-Lux 5 features a newly designed 1/1.63"-CCD image sensor that is particularly large for a compact camera. Even at the standard resolution of 10.1 megapixels, this contributes to a significant increase in image quality. The results speak for themselves: combined with the camera's electronics and firmware, it guarantees brilliant high-contrast images with natural colour rendition and superb sharpness - just the way you expect them to be from a Leica camera!
The new D-Lux 5 delivers images in all 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1 a particularly interesting format for creative composition, in both capture and review mode.

Creative freedom
Photography with a Leica camera must be one thing above all - a sheer pleasure. And that is precisely what the Leica D-Lux 5 offers with its amazingly simple and intuitive handling and clearly laid out functions. For instance, you can set manual settings, quickly and easily ,using the D-Lux 5's innovative "Clickwheel" located on the back of the camera. Thanks to its manual setting option for subject distance, aperture and shutter speed, the D-Lux 5 opens up a whole vista of creative opportunities for discerning photographers to take complete control of image characteristics. It also offers numerous automatic functions for effortless photgraphy that guarantees the user perfectly exposed and sharp images by simply pressing the shutter release ideal for less experienced photographers. The camera's automatic functions can control the O.I.S. image stabiliser, automatic ISO selection, face recognition, automatic contrast compensation and automatic scene mode.

Classic design
Classical elegance meets premium quality materials: This characterises the design philosophy of Leica D-Lux cameras. A design concept that the D-Lux 5 carries forth brilliantly and effortlessly.
Elegant matt black throughout, with sparse accents in chrome and uncomplicated distinctive lines, it possesses a compellingly purist and simultaneously timeless modern design. A single glance says it all: It is a true Leica.

Professional image processing
The Leica D-Lux 5 is supplied complete with a free copy of the professional image processing software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®. This software package allows photographers to "develop" the RAW image files from the CCD sensor of the D-Lux 5 to obtain the best possible image quality. At the same time, photographers maintain complete control over the development process applied to their images. White balance, exposure, sharpness, tonal balance, colour saturation and many other parameters can be modified during post-processing until the result the photographer envisages is achieved.

Video in HD-Quality
Its additional the D Lux 5 features a 1280 x 720pixel HD-Video function in memory-saving AVCHD-Lite format which is started simply by pressing a dedicated button on the top of the camera. Autofocus and the entire 3.8x zoom range remain available during recording.

Additional information: Visit the Leica website
September 23, 2010
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