Three new cameras from Leica

KUALA LUMPUR: Local Leica camera distributor, Schmidt Marketing Malaysia has launched a new range of Leica cameras in the market: the Leica X1, D-Lux 5 and V-Lux 2.

The Leica X1 is a unique compact camera with a large 12.9-megapixel APS-C sensor, similar to those on DSLR cameras. Available in steel-grey or black, the X1 is primarily made of metal and decorated with a high quality leather-trim.

It comes with a fast shooting 24mm f/2.8 fixed-mount lens and offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 3200.

The camera’s 2.7in LCD display offers live-view shooting and it also features a retractable flash for taking pictures in the low light settings.

The X1 also offers manual control options for adjusting both aperture and shutter speed. The camera, which comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, is expected to be available next month. No pricing was announced.

Meanwhile the D-LUX 5 compact camera is identical to the Panasonic Lumix LX5. It has a 10.1-megapixel sensor and a 24-90mm focal length.

It features a clickwheel for adjusting manual settings and offers various automatic modes for easy shooting. The camera is also capable of 720p HD video recording in AVCHD Lite format.

The Leica D-Lux 5 is now available at authorised Leica dealers for RM3,159. The camera will come bundled with a licence for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Next is the Leica V-Lux 2, which is a 14.1-megapixel super zoom camera with a 25-600mm focal length.

It has a list of features that include a 3in swivel LCD display for creative composition, integrated stereo microphone and 11-frames per second burst shooting mode.

In addition, the camera is capable of recording Full HD videos in 1080i-AVCHD format.

The Leica V-Lux 2 comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premier Elements. It retails for RM3,409.

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