Leica has announced it's latest superzoom camera in the shape of the V-Lux 3 which will go on sale in January for £690.
Superzooms have become very popular recently with the likes of the Panasonic Lumix FZ150 and Nikon Coolpix P500 delivering long telephoto reach combined with decent image quality. Like the FZ150, the Leica V-Lux 3 has a 24x optical zoom lens and a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor - interestingly reduced from 14 megapixels in its predecessort, the V-Lux 2.
The camera features the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5-108 mm f/2.8 image-stabilised lens which is equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm film terms. On the rear is a fully-articulated 3in LCD screen with 460k pixel resolution making shooting at strange angles a breeze.
Video is also very well catered for, with the V-Lux 3 letting users record Full HD video (1080p) at 60fps and a microphone mounted on the top of the camera will record stereo sound too. The entire 24x zoom range is also available during filming.
The burst shooting mode will allow you to snap full resolution 12 megapixel images at 12fps or up to 60fps by dropping the resolution down to just 3.5 megapixels. Leica claims the unit is designed for one-handed shooting with buttons laid out easily on the top of the camera.
One feature which does set the V-Lux 3 apart from other superzooms is the inclusion of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements as part of the package to help you tweak those pictures and videos.
It will go on sale from the beginning of January costing £690, which is quite a lot more than the FZ150 which now costs less than £400 or the P500 which is even cheaper at around £250, but then again you do get a little red sticker for that extra £300.
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