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Leica launches a traveller

May 30, 2011: Adeal has announced a June release for the Leica V-Lux 30, a compact ‘travel-zoom’ model with a 16x zoom lens and a 14-megapixel sensor.

The f3.5 – 5.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens ranges from 4.3 – 68mm, equivalent to 24 – 384mm in 35mm format. The V-Lux 30 also features a new 3-inch 460K dot LCD touch screen display , integrated GPS function and video recording in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD.

It can take a consecutive burst of 10 frames per second at a full resolution of 14.1 MP, or 60 frames per second with reduced resolution in a choice of individual aspect ratios. This allows users to reliably capture fast moving subjects – for example when shooting sports or wildlife.

It also features a new 3D mode in which the camera combines two suitable shots from a sequence in a ‘stereo image pair’ and saves them as a 3D image in MPO format.

Leica says the V-Lux 30 delivers video recording performance comparable to that of digital camcorders. Video is available across the full 16x zoom range, and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter provides a clear soundtrack.

The GPS function records the geographical coordinates of the location and the local time for every shot, and saves them in the EXIF data of the image files.

When travelling, the V-Lux 30 can also display the sightseeing highlights of the immediate neighbourhood (drawn from one million so-called ‘Points of Interest’). Images posted on social networks, image portals and map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth reveal exactly when and where they were shot.

The camera is supplied with an extensive software package comprising Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for still image processing and Adobe Premiere Elements 9, especially designed for video processing. There is also a choice of two different camera cases: A strong and resilient leather case and a soft leather case.

It has an RRP in Australia of $849 – and with the US price set at US$750 (plus shipping), there’s little incentive for bargain hunters to opt for the online/offshore alternative!

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