Leica Camera AG has announced the LEICA V-LUX 20, a 12.1 effective megapixel digital compact camera with a powerful 12x optical zoom lens and built-in GPS tagging*, making it ideal for recording special memories when travelling – wherever you are in the world.
The integrated, high-performance LEICA DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9 ASPH. zoom lens with a focal range of 25-300mm (35mm equivalent) means the V-Lux 20 is perfect for any photographic situation. Whether shooting expansive landscapes, detailed close-ups or shots of distant subjects using the super-telephoto setting, the V-Lux 20 captures them all in breath-taking quality.
The V-Lux 20 is the first Leica camera to feature GPS tagging. For anyone travelling regularly – whether on exotic safaris, family beach holidays or even those important business trips – this innovative feature allows photographers to record the exact geographical co-ordinates of their location (in the Exif data of each photo) automatically, as well as the local time for every shot, ensuring the user always has a useful and accurate record of their trip. In addition, the V-Lux 20 can display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 ‘points of interest’ across 73 countries.
The built-in GPS feature also makes archiving and organising photos quick and easy, during or after a trip. Furthermore, for photographers posting images on social networks, image portals or map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth, the data automatically reveals exactly when and where the photos were taken.*
For those who want to make movies as well as still images, the LEICA V-LUX 20 enables movie recording in HD quality. Its intelligent automatic features, such as face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure, are all available in movie mode, together with the camera’s zoom functions.
The V-Lux 20’s generous three inch LCD display has a diagonal of 7.5cm and a resolution of 460,000 pixels, and offers an extremely bright, sharp view for precise composition and framing of shots, as well as accurate quality control for captured shots in playback mode.
Beautifully styled in a matt black finish, the V-Lux 20 has been designed with simple, ergonomic controls and user-friendly menus, and offers fully automatic functions for those who prefer to ‘point and shoot’. It also provides a complete range of manual shutter speed and aperture settings for more creative freedom and image control. In addition, the integrated image stabilisation assists the photographer by reducing the chance of blurred pictures, whether due to camera shake or difficult lighting conditions. The compact dimensions and light weight of the camera also make it easy to pack into a bag or rucksack, or simply carry in a pocket, so users can ensure the LEICA V-LUX 20 is with them on every trip.
Accessories and software
The LEICA V-LUX 20 includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for quick and easy image editing. A high quality brown leather case for the camera is available as an optional accessory from authorised Leica dealers.
Pricing and availability
The LEICA V-LUX 20 will be available in the UK from May 2010 from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk, tel: 020 7629 1351. The suggested retail price of the LEICA V-LUX 20 is £495. The optional brown leather case has an SRP of £70.
* GPS tagging may not function in China and neighbouring regions. Strength of satellite signal reception depends on location, and when restricted, positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.
For further information, high resolution images or products for review, please contact Jenny Hodge at [email protected] or call 07920 291920.
LEICA V-LUX 20: Technical data
Lens Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3–4.9 ASPH. (25-300mm, 35mm equivalent) 10 elements in 8 groups (3 aspherical surfaces)
Optical zoom 12x
Digital zoom 4x
Modes Normal/Macro, Macro Zoom, Pre-focusing (On/Off), Continuous focusing (On/Off), AF-tracking
Metering modes Face detection / AF tracking /11 field / 1 field high speed /1 field / spot
P/A/S/M 50cm (wide angle) / 2m (tele) – ∞
Macro / Intelligent
Auto / Movie 3cm (wide angle) / 1m (tele) – ∞ (5×–8× corresponds to 2m – ∞)
Scene modes May differ from the ranges above
Sensor 1/2.33” CCD with 14.5 MP (effective pixels: 12.1 MP)
Still images 4:3 format (max. 12 MP) 4000 x 3000 pixels (12 MP) / 3264 x 2448 pixels (8 MP) / 2560 x 1920 pixels (5 MP) / 2048 x 1536 pixels (3 MP) / 640 x 480 pixels (0.3 MP)
3:2 format (max. 11.5 MP) 4176 x 2784 pixels (11.5 MP) / 3392 x 2264 pixels (7.5 MP) / 2656 x 1768 pixels (4.5 MP) / 2048 x 1360 pixels (2.5 MP) / 640 x 424 pixels (0.3 MP)
16:9 format (max. 10.5 MP) 4320 x 2432 pixels (10.5 MP) / 3552 x 2000 pixels (7 MP) / 2784 x 1568 pixels (4.5 MP) / 1920 x 1080 pixels (2 MP) / 640 x 360 pixels (0.2 MP)
Movies 4:3 format VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG); QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 format WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG); HD format: 1280 x 720 pixels 60 fps (QuickTime Motion JPEG)
Recording file format:
Still images JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard)/DPOF-compatible
Still images with sound JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime
Movies QuickTime Motion JPEG
Exposure modes Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual setting (M) / Snapshot / Custom / Scene / Movie / Clipboard
Exposure compensation Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ±2 EV
Scene modes Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candlelight, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., High-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Artistic, B/W), Photo Frame
Metering modes Multi-field / Centre-weighted / Spot
White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Manual setting
Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
Shutter speeds 60 s–1/2000 s, (Starry Sky mode: 15s / 30s / 60s)
Continuous shooting mode:
Series frequency Slow: Frequency 2.3 fps; Fast: approx. 10/6 fps (Release-/Shutter Priority)
Number of recordable pictures Slow: max. 5/3 (Standard/Fine); Fast: approx. 15 using the internal memory, immediately after formatting / max. 100 using memory card (depending on card used and settings; 4:3: 3 MP, 3:2: 2.5 MP, 16:9: 2 MP)
Modes Auto, Auto with pre-flash (red-eye reduction), Auto with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off
Range (with ISO AUTO and maximum wide angle setting) Approx. 60 cm – 5.3 m
Self timer 2s/10s delay
LCD display 3” TFT LCD, approx. 460,800 pixels
Field of view: approx. 100 %, automatic brightness adjustment
GPS Registration of geographical data: Latitude and longitude of images taken, display of country/region, state/province/county, city/town, landmark.
Reception frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code)
Geographical coordinate system: WGS84
Internal memory Approx. 15MB
Compatible memory cards SD / SDHC / SDXC
HDMI Mini HDMI cable (type C)
AV OUT / Digital dedicated jack (14-pin) Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed) Analogue Video / Audio: NTSC/PAL FBAS (switchable in menu), Audio line output (Stereo)
Printer compatibility PictBridge
Operating temperature/ humidity 0–40 °C / 32-104 °F / 10–80 %
Voltage/capacity 3.6 V / 895 mAh (300 pictures according to CIPA standards)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 103 x 62 x 33mm
Weight Approx. 218g (with memory card and battery)
Accessories included Battery charger (Leica BC-DC 7)
Battery (Leica BP-DC 7)
Software DVD (Adobe Photoshop Elements 8)
CD with full instructions (PDF)