If you want to take the road less traveled where digital cameras are concerned, then you might not want to consider old names like Nikon, Canon and Panasonic, but rather, how about Leica? Leica is truly a class apart from the others, as it isn’t exactly the most popular brand that you see people carry around. What you see above is not a DSLR, but rather, a regular compact digital camera known as the Leica V-Lux 3 that will come with an extremely flexible lens.
How flexible, you ask? Well, the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 – 108 mm f/2.8 – 5.2 ASPH. 24-fold super-telephoto zoom lens is more than capable of handling a wide range of focal lengths that are equivalent to 25–600 mm in 35 mm format. Not only that, the newly developed 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor is also said to guarantee exceptional image quality for all applications. Touted by Leica to be a truly universal solution for creative photographers who want an all-in-one camera, the V-Lux 3 will also boast of a wide range of video options, letting you record all your favorite moments in video quality that is equal to those found on premium-range camcorders.
Imagine capturing Full HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 × 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second – not only does this format ensure a picture perfect rendition of fast movement in outstanding detail, it is also perfect for conversion to alternative resolutions as well as refresh rates. The whole 24-fold zoom range will be made available during video recording, and the built-in stereo microphone that boasts of an electronic wind noise filter ensures a crystal-clear soundtrack.
Apart from that, the V-Lux is is also said to be one of the fastest consecutive shooting cameras in its class, thanks to high-speed burst-shooting capability that allows it to achieve bursts of 12 frames per second at full resolution, and if the resolution is lowered to 3.5-megapixels, one enjoys a whopping 60 frames per second, now how about that?
Trust the Germans to come up with a stunning and practical design which the Leica V-Lux 3 certainly does very well when placed in your hands. With an integrated handgrip that ensures it remains steady, while having a lightweight body, you will be able to pull off one handed shots with aplomb. No idea on pricing, but it will be out from January next year onwards, meaning it will miss the holiday shopping boat.