Four Leicas

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Leica X1

The Leica X1 in black has a structured leather trim but is otherwise identical in specs and standard accessories to the existing model.

The V-LUX-2 is a compact digital camera equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit super zoom (25-600 mm equivalent), a 3-inch rotating LCD display, a newly developed 14.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and a wide variety of video functions in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD. In addition to offering an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter, the entire 24X zoom range is available during video recording.

V-LUX-2

The V-LUX 2 is the first Leica digital compact to feature video capture in 1080i-AVCHD Full HD. The camera features high-speed burst shooting capability: bursts of 11 frames per second at the full resolution, or 60 fps at 2.8-megapixels. Packed with the camera is Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.

D-LUX-5

The new Leica D-LUX 5 differentiates itself from its previous version by offering a faster Leica DC Vario- Summicron lens with an extended range of focal lengths equivalent to 24-90 mm. Together with its comprehensive range of features and manual settings, the new camera offers a broader spectrum of options, including 720 HD-video in AVCHD-Lite format.

The D-LUX 5’s 1/1.63-inch CCD image sensor contributes to a significant increase in image quality, says Leica, even at 10.1-megapixels. The camera delivers images in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 formats as well as 1:1.

Users can quickly and easily enter manual settings utilizing the D-LUX 5’s ‘Clickwheel’ located at the back of the camera. The camera’s automatic functions control the O.I.S. image stabilizer, automatic ISO selection, face recognition, automatic contrast compensation and automatic scene mode.

The Leica D-LUX 5 is bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

The camera has a range of optional accessories, including the Leica EVF1 electronic viewfinder and Leica CF 22 accessory flash.

M9 Titanium

Saving the most expensive to last: The Leica M9 ‘Titanium.’ This exclusive special edition is the result of a collaboration with Walter de’Silva, the prominent automobile designer. Responsible for groundbreaking design concepts in the latest models from the Volkswagen Group, the chief designer and his Audi Design Team reinterpreted the design of the Leica M9.

All visible metal elements of the camera body are made from solid titanium. This special edition is strictly limited to only 500 cameras worldwide and is offered as a set together with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, whose exterior metal components are also manufactured from solid titanium.

Purists may cringe, but there’s a completely new LED illumination of the bright-line frames in the viewfinder, thus removing the necessity for the standard illuminating window and making the frontal aspect of the camera more balanced. Also, in place of the traditional strap lugs of standard cameras, an innovative camera carrying concept reduces to only one single mounting point on the camera body.

The camera’s trim uses leather typically reserved for the interiors of Audi’s premium cars, exposed surfaces are treated with a hard coating applied by a specialized company in Switzerland, scratch-resistant, sapphire-crystal glass is employed as a protective cover for the camera monitor, and the Leica logo has been restyled and is elaborately hand-engraved in pure resin, inlayed with white enamel and subsequently sealed with a clear varnish and polished.

The Leica M9 ‘Titanium’ will be available in November.

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