Leica V-Lux 40

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The V-Lux 40 is a new addition to Leica’s digital compact camera portfolio. Incorporating numerous new features in comparison with its predecessor, the Leica V-Lux 30, this latest model offers greater performance of its 15.3-megapixel, 1/2.33-inch CMOS sensor and a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3-86 mm f/3.3-6.4 ASPH lens with a zoom range now extended to 20×.

Leica notes the broadened focal length range, equivalent to 24 to 480 mm in 35-mm format, makes the V-Lux 40 a much more versatile camera than its predecessor.

It also adds an LCD touch screen, an integrated GPS module and video recording in full HD.

The sensor enables a higher dynamic range as well as particularly low-noise images at sensitivities up to ISO 3200. In comparison to its predecessor, the V-Lux 40 offers significantly improved image quality, even in low light.

Additionally, an autofocus speed of 0.1 seconds enables even faster focusing on moving subjects.

Users can choose from a diverse selection of creative imaging options, from a continuous shooting rate of ten frames per second at full resolution and 60 frames per second in high-speed mode, to creative modes with effects like miniature, panorama and retro.

An integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack for videos, says Leica. Videos can now also be saved in MP4 format and uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices.

An integrated GPS module completes the list of features and functions offered by the V-Lux 40, allowing 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 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 complement the camera’s refined and timelessly elegant look.

There’s a 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.

The camera is supplied with a software package comprised of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for still-image processing and Adobe Premiere Elements 10, designed especially for video processing.

The Leica V-Lux 40 is available now.

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