The Leica V-LUX 30 Digital Camera is a sophisticated pocket-camera, designed for those looking to go beyond the norm. Compact and simple though it may be, the V-LUX 30 certainly has a number of features, many of which cannot be matched by other cameras in this genre. To start, consider the 14.1Mp sensor. This is 14.1MP of actual resolution, not interpolated. Beautiful, detailed images are possible with the simplicity of what is generally considered a point-shoot-point.
Along with the impressive resolution of the camera, is the respectable lens. The Leica DC-Vario Elmar Lens is a high-quality zoom that has an equivalent focal length of a 24-384mm, available for use in both still and video capture. A range this wide means that extreme wide-angle and impressive telephoto images can be taken, not to mention macro capture. The lens also features a 16x optical zoom for non-distorted image quality, even when the frame is shot from extremely close-up.
Like all things Leica, this camera's design follows the principles of form and function. More than aesthetically pleasing, the camera is also ergonomically crafted - allowing for ease of use, a much appreciated aspect when on vacation or at a party; both of which are ideal times for the V-LUX 30 to shine. The controls of the camera are positioned in an easily accessible manner, with the mode dial on the camera's top plate for fast and simple switching between various modes and manual operation. The video release button is on the top of the camera as well for quicker access than on previous version of this camera. Of course, the 30's most user-friendly usage option might be the touchscreen display which allows for intuitive menu navigation, capture, and review.
As previously alluded, the V-LUX 30 is more than a still camera, it's also a video camera. The 1080i AVCHD movie function caters to those who crave video capture. Movies are not only recorded at this high resolution, they are also marked with GPS data for easy and useful archiving of files, and sharing on social media networks. It is also worth mentioning that the camera provides this GPS feature for still images as well. Additionally, along with storing location information in the EXIF data, the GPS feature also provides the user with other options. Some of these include access to one million points of interest, a display of all the sights in the immediate neighborhood where the user is shooting, and then some.
The V-LUX 30 comes with Adobe editing software. Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 are both user-friendly software options that provide a range of functions for the user in post-production. Premiere Elements 9 is used for editing video footage while Photoshop Elements 9 provides the user with a number of useful photo editing tools.