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Leica has announced the arrival of its latest V-LUX series bridge camera, the Leica V-LUX 3. The new camera, which retains the familiar DSLR-like profile of its predecessors, features a 12.1MP (1/2.3") CMOS sensor that can capture stills at up to 12 frames per second at full resolution, as well as 1920 x 1080 / 60p Full HD video. And for those with a need to burn through frames per second like there’s no tomorrow, the V-LUX 3 can also capture a second of stills at 60 frames / 3.5MP resolution for slow-motion playback, and up to 220 frames per second at 320 x 240 resolution—for even slower-motion playback. Audio is captured in stereo and there’s an electronic wind noise filter that better ensures the quality of the sound is up to par even on windy days.
On the optics side of the story, the Leica V-LUX 3 sports a 24x Leica Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108mm f/2.8-5.2 ASPH zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent) that should satisfy the needs of landscape and wildlife photographers alike. Stills can be captured as JPEG, RAW and MPO files for 3D viewing.
For composing and reviewing stills and video the V-LUX 3 offers a choice of a 3.0-inch 461,000-dot LCD that tilts and swivels in all directions, which makes operating at awkward camera angles far easier. Being a bridge camera, the V-LUX 3 also has a 202,000-dot electronic viewfinder that like the camera’s LCD, displays 100% of the image area. Both the LCD and EVF also display the full range of exposure data and being electronic in nature, reflect any and all exposure, white balance and filter effects in real time.
The Leica V-LUX 3 features Power OIS image stabilization, has a top ISO sensitivity of 3200 with shutter speeds of 60 seconds to 1/2000-second, gets up to 410 exposures per battery charge, accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and has about 70MB of internal memory.
Included with the Leica V-LUX 3 is a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, and a two-year warranty, which is twice the coverage of comparable cameras in its class. We expect to see the first shipments of the new camera in January, 2012.
|Sensor||1/2.3" CMOS with 14.1 MP|
|Format||Raw, JPEG, AVCHD, MPEG4, Quick Time|
|ISO||100 - 3200|
|LCD||3" - 461,000 dots|
|Viewfinder||Color LCD - 202,000 dots|
|Memory||SD, SDHC, SDXC, 70MB Internal Memory|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||4.8 x 3.14 x 3.7"|