Leica presents a new digital compact camera which an make a great travel companion. It has a zoom lens with a 4.3 – 68.8 mm focal length (24 to 384 mm in 35-mm format), integrated GPS function and video recording in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD.

Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents a new digital compact camera featuring a 15.1 megapixel sensor (14.1 MP effective) – the Leica V-Lux 30. In comparison to its forerunner model, the new camera now has a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3 – 68.8 mm f/3.3-5.9 ASPH. 16x zoom lens with an extended range of focal lengths equivalent to 24 to 384 mm in 35-mm format. Thanks to its high performance lens, the Leica V-Lux 30 delivers outstanding image quality and covers a wide range of photographic opportunities, ranging from wide-angle and macro shots to telephoto shots of distant subjects. The camera also features a new LCD touch screen display that guarantees fast and simple handling. Together with its numerous automatic features and manual setting options, this makes the Leica V-Lux 30 a compact and universal camera for the whole family. What’s more, its integrated GPS function and video recording in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD make it the ideal companion for your next holiday trip.

The newly developed,1/2.33″ CMOS sensor of the Leica V-Lux 30 guarantees outstanding image quality and lets photographers capture image sequences with the camera’s fast, continuous shooting mode. The Leica V-Lux 30 enables consecutive burst shooting at a rate of ten 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 means that users can reliably capture fast moving subjects – for example when shooting sports or wildlife. Its brand new 3D mode lets users realise fascinating, creative images. In this mode, the camera combines two suitable shots from a sequence in a “stereo image pair” and saves them as a 3D image in MPO format.

One of the most outstanding features of the Leica V-Lux 30 is a video recording mode that offers performance comparable to that of digital camcorders. A particular highlight of the video mode is its efficient, 1080i-AVCHD-Full-HD, recording format the entire 16x zoom range is available during video recording and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack.

Just like all other Leica cameras, the V-Lux 30 is characterised by timelessly elegant styling and extremely easy handling. With the new, 3″ LCD touch screen, many camera features can now be controlled for the first time simply by touching the screen with a fingertip. This generously dimensioned screen has a diagonal of 7.5 centimetres and displays images with outstanding brilliance with a display resolution of 460,000 pixels. This provides users with an ideal tool for reliable and precise assessment of images both during composition and after capture.

Thanks to the integrated GPS function, the camera 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 (1,000,000 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 Leica V-Lux 30 will be available from authorised Leica dealers from June 2011. 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: The strong and resilient leather case and the soft leather case.

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8 Comments

  1. I sincerely would like to understand Leica’s point and shoot strategy. The company continually introduces cameras made by Panasonic after Panasonic has introduced Lumix versions with precisely the same look, features and specs for half the price. Take, for example, Leica’s V-LUX. The Panasonic Lumix dmc-zs10 appears to be precisely the same camera at half the price. Look … Leica is a very special brand that has defined the best quality in photography for decades. Why, then, does the company persist in a line of point and shoot cameras made by Panasonic. Can anyone enlighten me?

  2. Thats a good question that David Henderson ask…Can Leica give us the answer..There most be a differant..what is it?

  3. the differant between the V Lux 20 and V Lux 30…

  4. Instead of asking Leica why the V Lux 20/30 is designed and manufactured by Panasonic in a twin fashion, (With installed software by Leica?), why do’t we share with Leica what we expect of them in a compact digital camera?

    Let me hopefully start a thread that catches Leica’s attention and helps them create a truly better compact. For starters, I should qualify myself by explaining that I could care less about GPS and 3D. I guess, eventually video will prove useful, so I can accept the need for it. My preference is to capture great posed and candid photos. So, I prefer a bright 14-16X zoom with 24mm wide-angle; maybe an OLED screen; a larger CMOS sensor; an integrated “Leica quality” flash (Indoor photos are very important to me); Less shutter lag; very fast focus and optics that deliver very sharp photos and superb Stabilization. Anyone else care to comment?

  5. Daniel (and Leica):

    Totally agree w/ you re. no need or desire for 3D or GPS (we’re not working for the CIA here!). Also would like to see an optical viewfinder, but don’t like the idea of a touchscreen. The more functions on the outside of the camera, the better (don’t slow me down w/ menu after menu). Put more controls on the back, if the esthetics of the front is important (ultimately, I’m more about function than form). IS 24- 400 or so works for me. Give me a BIG sensor, please, and a hot shoe flash set up. And how ’bout remote capability?

  6. Oh yeah – one more thing: Raw please!

    Thank you.

  7. May be Leica want to save its financial problem, if any, by selling low tech Japan’s digital cameras.
    I love every product from Leica , just like German cars, and I do not want to use any Japan’s things.
    The S2 is far beyond my budget. And it is a pity that Leica did not produce the R10, as I own some wonderful R-lenses.

  8. I totally agree with all of what CuzinVin suggested for the V-Lux20/30, with one proviso though. I Prefer a “pocketable” size for the camera. I am not a pro photographer, but rather a Grandfather who has a keen interest in the children, as well as expanding my skills. The compact size helps me keep the camera with me. I am ok with a hot shoe for the flash, although my Ricoh CX 2 has an adjustable flash range that I find useful. I will also add that my Ricoh CX 2 has Interval shooting capability, a great benefit for wild life photography. Remote capability would just make those hard to get shoots sooo much better!

    Allow me to add that I find many of the new shooting scenes that camera manufacturers are adding to their products somewhat silly and of course I suspect rarely used. Why not forgo the cost of these and invest in the basics required for Tack Sharp photos?

    What is very puzzling, is that for a 50% premium Leica seems unable to deliver a better camera than the comparable Panasonic models. My guess is that someone in Leica who drives these designs, cannot recognize the exploding market for a high quality pocketable camera that commands the buyer market to snap them up? Has Leica given up on its leadership??

    I had hoped that the V-Lux 20/30 would have matured into the needs of serious photographers, however, it seems that many reviewers have found it to be even less in its ability to deliver superior photos.

    Alas, I will probably buy the Ricoh CX 6 if it matures in the design direction I seek. BTW, I had considered the D-Lux 5, however, it’s zoom capability is much too limiting!!

    I’ll sign off as …CuzinDan

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