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Pricey Camera Maker Leica Reveals the V-Lux 40 With 20x Zoom

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If you’re in the market for a compact digital camera that has plenty of zoom, Leica has a new model just for you – just make sure you’ve got a fair bit of money to throw at it.

The legendary German camera manufacturer has just revealed the V-Lux 40, a new compact digital camera to join its existing range. A 20x zoom is the key feature here, with the camera aimed at those who like to travel.

Inside the camera sits a 15.3-megapixel 1/2.33 CMOS sensor which will produce crisp and extremely detailed images. The lens itself is a Leica DC Vario Elmar 4.3-86mm ASPH model with a 20x optical zoom and an f-stop range of f/3.3-6.4.

For those who think in terms of 35mm when it comes to lenses, the V-Lux 40’s lens is the equivalent of a 24-480mm.

With an incredibly quick autofocus time of 0.1 seconds, this camera is perfect for quickly snapping something with great results. For those who like to experiment, the ISO ranges up to 3200 to give you a range of sensitivity in your photos.

You can keep track of where your photos were taken thanks to an inbuilt GPS chip, which will add a geotag to your images. A 3-inch touchscreen LCD is on the back of the camera for viewing back photos and navigating, reducing the number of physical buttons and dials found on the back.

With regards to video, Leica’s new offering will give you a selection of modes. If you want your video in full resolution, the camera will record in 10fps. Alternatively you can record at 60fps in a high-speed mode. Both benefit from top-notch sound quality thanks to an integrated stereo microphone, which will automatically filter out wind noise to ensure clearer sound.

The Leica V-Lux 40 launches later this month with a price tag of £550 (roughly $885), which is a fair bit pricier than your average compact digital camera, but you do also get copies of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 10 for photo and video editing on your PC.

We’re sure you’ll agree that it has plenty of features and a great design, but is the price tag too high? Let us know what you think.

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