Leica presents the compact travel camera LEICA V-LUX 40 successor to the V-LUX 30. No big news there, only small model changes:

  • The lens now has a 10x zoom range (24-480mm equivalent in 35mm)
  • ISO range extended to ISO 3.200

Like it’s predecessor the LEICA V-LUX 40 has a 14MP sensor, touchscreen interface, GPS sensor and Full HD video.

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Here is the full press release:

Compact travel camera with an extensive range of features

Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents a new digital compact camera. This latest model offers numerous new features in comparison with its predecessor, the Leica V-Lux 30. In addition to the greater performance of its 15.3-megapixel (effective 14.1 MP), 1/2.33″ CMOS sensor, the new camera also features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3–86 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH. lens with a zoom range now extended to 20×. Thanks to this greater range of focal lengths, now equivalent to 24 to 480 mm in 35-mm format, the Leica V-Lux 40 is a much more versatile camera. An LCD touch screen provides additional support to users in the fast and simple handling of the camera. Its compact design, comprehensive functions and additional features, such as an integrated GPS module or video recording in full HD quality, make the V-Lux 40 the ideal travel companion for capturing lasting memories along the way.

Its new 15.3-megapixel (effective 14.1 MP), 1/2.33″ CMOS image sensor guarantees outstanding picture quality in all situations. It enables a higher dynamic range as well as particularly low-noise images at sensitivities up to ISO 3200. In comparison with its predecessor, the Leica V-Lux 40 now offers significantly improved image quality, even in low light. In addition to this, its autofocus speed of 0.1 seconds enables even faster focusing on moving subjects.

The enormous range of focal lengths covered by its Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3–86 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH. zoom lens (equivalent to 24 to 480 millimetres in 35-mm format) makes it ideal for almost all photographic situations. For expansive landscapes, finely detailed macro studies at short distances or for shots of distant objects with its super-telephoto setting – this Leica lens with high-precision aspherical lenses and an image stabiliser delivers outstanding results for all still images and video recordings.

The Leica V-Lux 40 offers a comprehensive range of camera functions. Users can choose from an enormous selection of creative imaging options – from a continuous shooting rate of ten frames per second at full resolution, and even 60 frames per second in high-speed mode, to creative modes with effects like miniature, panorama and retro. It is also ideal for video recording. The entire 20× zoom range is available during recording and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack. What’s new is that videos can now also be saved in Internet-friendly MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion.

An integrated GPS module rounds off the list of features and functions offered by the V-Lux 40. This allows users to save the geographical coordinates and local time of every shot captured in the Exif data of the image files.* In addition, the camera can also display the sightseeing highlights of the immediate neighbourhood (1,000,000 so-called ‘points of interest’). A DVD included in the package contains maps of important cities and regions. After transfer to an SD memory card, these can be uploaded to the camera and used for orientation in unfamiliar places. Photos can be stored in the maps as thumbnail images.

The new design of the Leica V-Lux 40 is dominated by classic black. Chromed elements set contrasting accents and lend the camera a refined and timelessly elegant look. Particularly easy handling is ensured by its large, 3-inch LCD touch screen that allows users to select or set numerous functions in capture and review mode simply by touching controls displayed on the monitor screen. This generously dimensioned screen has a diagonal of 7.5 centimetres and its resolution of 460,000 pixels displays images with outstanding brilliance. This provides users with an ideal tool for reliable and precise assessment of images both during composition and after capture.

The Leica V-Lux 40 is available now from authorised Leica dealers. The camera is supplied with an extensive software package comprising Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10 for still-image processing and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 10, designed especially for video processing. A strong and resilient leather case is also available as an optional extra.

* It is possible that GPS tagging may not function in the People’s Republic of China and neighbouring regions. Satellite signal reception may be impossible, depending on the location. In such cases, the positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.

Technical data LEICA V-LUX 40

Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3–86 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH. (equivalent to 24–480 mm in 35-mm format), 12 elements in 10 groups (3 elements with 6 aspherical surfaces)
Optical image stabilisation: Yes
Zoom factor
Optical/digital: 20×/4×
Operating modes: Normal/macro
AF focusing modes: Face detection, AF tracking, multi-point, single point, spot, touch field
Focusing ranges
In P/A/S/M modes: 50 cm (wide-angle)/2 m (telephoto)–infinity
Macro/Intelligent Auto/Video: 3 cm (wide-angle)/1 m (telephoto)–infinity
Sensor: 1/2.33″ CMOS image sensor with 15.3 MP (effective 14.1 MP)
Resolution Still images: 16:9 format: 4320 × 2432 pixels, 3648 × 2056 pixels, 3072 × 1728 pixels, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 640 × 360 pixels
3:2 format: 4320 × 2880 pixels, 3648 × 2432 pixels, 3072 × 2048 pixels, 2560 × 1712 pixels, 2048 × 1360 pixels, 640 × 424 pixels
4:3 format: 4320 × 3240 pixels, 3648 × 2736 pixels, 3072 × 2304 pixels, 2560 × 1920 pixels, 2048 × 1536 pixels, 640 × 480 pixels
1:1 format: 3232 × 3232 pixels, 2736 × 2736 pixels, 2304 × 2304 pixels, 1920 × 1920 pixels, 1536 × 1536 pixels, 480 × 480 pixels
Video: AVCHD:
16:9 format: 1080p: 1920 × 1080 (E-version: max 29 min./recording),1080i: 1920 × 1080 (E-version: max 29 min./recording),
720p: 1280 × 720 (E-version: max 29 min./recording)
16:9 format: 1920 × 1080 pixels (E-Version max 29 min./recording), 1280 × 720 pixels (max 29 min./recording)
4:3 format: 640 × 480 (E-version: max 29 min./recording)
Quick Time
Motion JPEG: (High-speed video)
3D photo function: 16:9 format: 1920 × 1080 (MPO format)
Exposure control
Exposure modes: Programme (P), aperture priority (A), shutter priority (S), manual (M)
Exposure compensation: Increments: 1/3 EV increments, range: ±2 EV
Scene modes: Portrait, soft skin, scenery, panorama-assist, sports, night portrait, night scenery, handheld night, HDR, food, baby mode 1, baby mode 2, pet, sunset, high sensitivity, through glass, high-speed video.
Creative control modes: Still-picture modes: Expressive, retro, high key, low key, sepia, mono, high dynamic range, toy effect, miniature effect, soft focus
Review modes: Expressive, retro, high key, low key, mono, toy effect, soft focus, off
Metering modes: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
White balance: Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, halogen, manual
ISO sensitivity: Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter speeds: 15 s–1/2000 s
Continuous shooting/burst frequency: 2 fps: max. number 100/14 MP max. resolution
5 fps: max. number 100/14 MP max. resolution
10 fps: max. number 10/14 MP max. resolution
40 fps: max. number 50/5 MP max. resolution
60 fps: max. number 60/3.5 MP max. resolution
Flash modes: AUTO, AUTO with pre-flash (red-eye prevention), AUTO with longer shutter speeds and pre-flash, on, forced off
Effective flash range: 60 cm–6.4 m [Wide/ISO Auto], 1.0 m–3.3 m [Tele/ISO Auto]
Self-timer: 2/10 s delay
Monitor: 3.0″ TFT LCD, approx. 460,800 pixels, touch screen monitor
Microphone/speaker: Stereo/mono
Storage media
Built-in memory: Approx. 12 MB
Memory cards: SD: 8 MB–2 GB,
SDHC: 4 GB–32 GB,
SDXC: 48 GB–64 GB
HDMI: Mini-HDMI (Type C)
AV OUT/DIGITAL: Digital: USB 2.0 (high speed)
Connection (8-pin): Analogue video/audio signals: NTSC/PAL, FBAS (menu setting option), audio line-out (mono)
GPS: Geographic coordinate system: WGS84
Database: 1 million points of interest
Operating temperature/humidity: 0–40°C/10–80%
Battery (rechargeable lithium-ion): BP-DC 7
Voltage/capacity: 3.6 V/895 mAh (260 images, CIPA standard)
(L × H × D):
105 × 59 × 28 mm
Weight: Approx. 210 g (including memory card and battery)
PictBridge: Yes
Package includes: Camera, USB battery charger, lithium-ion battery (Leica BP-DC 7), hand strap, AV cable, software DVDs, CD with comprehensive manuals, printed instruction booklets, DVD with additional map data
Software: Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10,
Adobe® Premiere® Elements 10

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