Leica V-LUX 3, an addition to Leicas impressive range of digital compact cameras.
With its focal length range of 25mm - 600 mm and its full HD video recording function, the new Leica V-LUX 3 expands Leica's range of digital compact cameras.
This innovative "All-in-One" camera combines classic photography functions with video quality that is on par with premium camcorders. Its comprehensive range of features combined with its compact designmake the V-LUX 3 one of the most attractive alternatives to an entry-level D-SLR camera.
Features of the Leica V- LUX 3
The Leica Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108mm f/2.8-5.2 ASPH. lens has an impressive focal length range, from 25mm super wide angle to 600mm (35mm equivalent), with 24x super telephoto zoom for photo and video modes, providing the perfect solution for almost any photographic situation. The newly developed 12.1 MP CMOS sensor delivers exceptional picture quality and a burst shooting speed of 12 frames per second at full resolution, making it one of the fastest in its class.
Adobe Photoshop Elements Premiere Elements is offered as free downloads, a complete software package for editing photos and videos. Customers can request this by registering in the "Customer Area" of Leica Camera's homepage.
The camera also delivers full HD quality videos with stereo sound and HDMI connectivity. The 3" tilting display can be rotated in almost every direction, making it easy to take worm's eye view or overhead shots. Compact in design, the camera is easy to transport, making it the ideal companion wherever one goes.
The Leica V-LUX 3 an "All-in-One" choice for photography and video recordings. It combines the features of an entry-level DSLR camera with all the benefits of a digital compact camera and a camcorder, making it an attractive and convenient alternative to a system camera. With 24x optical zoom and focal length of 25mm to 600mm, there is no need to change lens, as the available focal length range covers almost every conceivable photographic situation.
The Leica V-LUX 3 is a very attractive alternative for photography enthusiasts who are looking for a fully equipped All-in-One camera that does not require lens replacement to go alongside their SLR equipment. Thanks to the full HD video function, there is no need to carry an additional camcorder either.
The Leica V-LUX 3 is a complete solution for capturing videos and photos for the entire family. This target group is increasingly interested in technical features and demands a high level of flexibility, mobility and reliability. With its performance, technical specifications and high product availability, there is huge scope for tapping into new potential and building new customer relationships, in addition to the traditional customer base.
The Leica V-LUX 3 can also be used as a specialist camera for nature watching (especially birdwatching). In the high telephoto range, the integrated image stabilization function is a major benefit. It means that the camera can be considered a perfect supplement to high quality binoculars.
The Leica V-LUX 3 can easily capture landscapes with a 25mm wide angle, bring the tiniest details to the fore with a 600mm super telephoto and shoot movies in optimum full HD quality. The V-LUX 3 is a tool without limits and opens up huge creative scope for its owner - ideal for discovering the unknown and giving free rein to your creativity. The V-LUX 3 is the right camera, no matter what the situation.
Huge focal length range
The undisputed highlight of the V-LUX 3 is its 24x super telephoto zoom, which allows the photographer to deal effortlessly with practically any situation. The Leica Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108mm f/2.8-5.2 ASPH. is a true masterpiece with a huge focal length range from 25mm wide angle right up to 600mm super telephoto. This takes the V-LUX 3 far beyond normal limits. On the one hand, the 25mm wide angle allows a strong emphasis on the perspective, while on the other hand the 600mm telephoto captures even very distant details with crystal clarity - handheld thanks to the effective Power OIS image stabilizer. Leica's typical outstanding lens performance - from macro to telephoto range - guarantees brilliant shots in all situations. Whether you want landscapes, travel shots, portraits, architecture or distant animals. With this lens, the V-LUX 3 is suitable for any subject - making it a genuine alternative to SLRs with interchangeable lenses.
Optimum picture quality
The newly developed 12.1 Megapixel MOS image sensor enables the Leica V-LUX 3 to achieve a previously unattainable picture quality, as its special design utilizes the incident light much more effectively than was possible in the past. The result is extremely low noise pictures, even in poor lighting conditions and at high speeds. However, the innovative sensor technology not only benefits the photographer in poor light, as its high contrast range, its natural and rich colors and its low picture noise means that the V-LUX 3 sets new standards in its class under all shooting conditions - for both photos and videos. The choice of picture format is also flexible with the V-LUX 3. The camera produces very high quality, space saving images either in JPEG format or RAW files, which can be optimized by individual processing on a computer.
The V-LUX 3 operates at high speed. The autofocus responds within a tenth of a second, reliably capturing moving subjects. The incredible picture series speed of the V-LUX 3 is truly unmatched - it can shoot up to 12 frames per second with no problems at full resolution. Reducing the resolution to 3.5 Megapixels, a massive 60 frames per second can be sent to the memory card. These features mean that you will no longer miss any subject or critical moment, even in sporting photography or nature watching.
Professional quality videos
The V-LUX 3 is a camera for both making movies and photos. If required, it records "progressive" videos in full HD, at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 60 frames per second in AVHCD format. This "1080p60" format not only provides perfect reproduction of rapid movements with ultrafine detailing, it can also be converted flexibly and without losses to other resolutions and image refresh rates. Alternatively, the V-LUX 3 can record films directly in MP4 format, which can be used directly on mobile devices and on the web conveniently and without conversion. The integrated stereo microphone with electronic wind noise filter ensures optimum sound when shooting a film. Film editing can start on the camera itself by deleting individual sequences during playback.
The V-LUX 3 houses its superb range of equipment in a light and compact housing, which fits perfectly in the hand thanks to its integrated handle and can even be used for single-handed photography. The 3" LCD monitor with 460,000 pixel rotates and tilts in all directions and allows pictures to be composed from unusual perspectives, including overhead shots. However, the photographer can switch to the electronic viewfinder at any time at the push of a button. It can be read perfectly even in extremely bright sunshine and allows a more stable camera position supported on the head for telephoto shots. The integrated HDMI interface allows movies and photos to be viewed on any standard HD television.
The V-LUX 3 adapts flexibly to any requirements. If you wish, the camera will set the aperture, exposure time, focus, sensitivity and much more automatically for you, or you can choose from the painstakingly coordinated range of themes - including a 3D mode for three-dimensional shots in MPO format. If exceptional situations demand, or greater control is required, all picture parameters can of course be set conveniently by hand. The ergonomically positioned controls ensure a secure grip of the V-LUX 3 at all times. The additional zoom lever on the side of the lens contributes to this, and allows uniform, smooth zooming without removing the finger from the shutter release, particularly for filming.
Versatile software for free download
V-LUX 3 owners can download the Adobe® Photoshop® Elements image editing software and the Adobe® Premiere® Elements video editing tool free of charge. Combining the two programs from the Adobe family opens up almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to picture and video composition. It has never been so easy to create distinctive pictures and videos for printing, the web and for mobile devices.
I use this camera for wildlife, nature and macro, family pictures and events. The Super zoom is just what i was looking for in a camers, It is super clear at the longest tele. 600mm in 35mm Format, with very little noise. I haven't used all the features yet, almost all, but so far there is not much i don't like about it. I think it is almost up to par with an S.L.R. and is not as heavy.
Makes great action photos and practically does not need the flash indoors.
Will return this camera as I expected significant improvement over V-Lux 2. This is not the case. Focus similar - more grainy in low light.
Having had a D70 dslr that I loved, Pan 4/3s that I loved, and a snapshot Leica D5 that I loved, I needed a lighter more flexible camera that I could make completely manual but that would zoom without changing lens. My age <65 caught up with me and I can't carry anythiing too heavy walking on a bush walk. I used it to capture animals and people I visited with in South Afria
I loved to take pictures but was often disappointed in the way they turned out. I am an amateur but now feel like I take much better pictures and don't have to edit as much if I don't want to. Before I had to edit or delete. Really like this camera.