Two Leica compacts

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D-Lux 6

The Leica D-Lux 6 unites a fast lens with a newly developed 1.7-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor along with a comprehensive range of features including automatic mode, manual setting options and new, Full HD video recording capability.

Optional accessories include a new electronic viewfinder.

The lens of the D-Lux 6 is a newly designed and constructed Leica DC-Vario-Summilux 4.7-17.7 mm ASPH f/1.4-2.3, the equivalent of 24-90 mm.

The new image processor enables photography with sensitivities from ISO 80 to 12800. Images can be viewed directly in a choice of four formats – 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 – in both capture and review mode on the new 3-inch LCD.

All exposed surfaces of the compact metal body are anodized in black. Only a few elements are chromed.

The distance, shutter speed and exposure corrections can all be set with its ‘clickwheel’ control. The new option for setting the aperture on the lens barrel enables direct control. A second dial on the back of the camera offers manual focusing and the use of a built-in ND filter.

In addition to program AE, the D-Lux 6 also features a smart snapshot mode. With this option, the camera automatically selects the ISO sensitivity, face recognition, dynamic range adjustment and the most appropriate scene mode.

The camera has an integrated optical image stabilizer. and a new, selectable, spirit level function.

The D-Lux 6 incorporates Full HD video recording capability via a button on the camera’s top deck. The camera records in AVCHD format with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second. Video data can be saved in MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion.

The Leica EVF3 electronic viewfinder with 1.4 megapixel resolution can be mounted on the accessory shoe of the camera and supports Live View, a function that lets the photographer view the subject through the lens and assess the precise composition of the subject.

The Leica D-Lux 6 will be available in November. The camera is supplied with still picture and video processing software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

V-Lux 4

The Leica V-Lux 4 features a newly designed Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5–108 mm f/2.8 ASPH (25–600 mm equivalent).

The camera has an integrated optical image stabilizer, maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400 and a new 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor.

Leica says still pictures and video recordings captured by the V-Lux 4 are characterized by high dynamic range and natural, perfectly saturated colours.

The camera delivers up to 12 frames per second at full resolution.

The V-Lux 4 features an extensive range of video functions, such as full HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second. The entire 24X zoom range is available during video recording, while an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter is said to guarantee crystal-clear sound. Video data can be saved in MP4 format and can be uploaded to social media or mobile devices.

The electronic viewfinder has a 100″ field of view and features diopter correction.

The LCD is 3-inches and can be freely rotated in almost any direction.

and lets users shoot from even the most unusual angles. Whether shooting stills or video from above their head or down close to the ground, photographers always have complete control of image assessment.

The Leica V-Lux 4 is supplied still picture and video processing software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and will be available in November.

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