The Leica D-Lux 6 has been announced a the Photokina 2012 trade show. This is a "serious" compact camera, with a retail price of £600 and wide ISO range.
Leica's new D-Lux 6 uses a 12.7-megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom with 24-90mm focal length and maximum f/1.4 aperture. The sensor is of the 1/1.7in type, comparable with top-end advanced compacts.
Its ISO range tops out at 12,800 and the Leica D-Lux 6 uses a manual zoom ring for that classic retro Leica feel. On its rear is a screen that makes sure it doesn't feel too old hat, though - a 3in 920k dot display. There's no inbuilt viewfinder, but Leica will offer one that slots into the hotshoe connector up top. The Leica D-Lux 6 offers a point and shoot auto mode, but also brings manual control to the table.
Before you get too excited about being to get hold of a Leica for well under a grand, bear in mind that this is a modified Panasonic Lumix LX7. The two companies have upheld a partnership for a number of years that has seen Leica tweak and release Lumix-series Panasonic compacts under the Leica name. The good news is that the Panasonic LX7 is one of the best compacts around - although it does cost significantly less than the Leica D-Lux 6.
The Leica D-Lux 6 will be bundled with Adobe Lightroom 4, and will be released in November 2012.