The courier dropped off the Leica V-Lux 3 compact digital camera today for review. The new compact had just been announced last week and will be available from January 2012 at S$1,345.
The review unit came in a black velvet pouch. In it was the camera itself, a battery and a charger with cable.
The camera is light but muscular for a compact but it pacts a 24x optical zoom lens that goes from 25 – 600mm (35mm equivalent focal lengths).
The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit ASPH super telephoto zoom lens has an aperture range of f/2.8 – 5.2.
The camera has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor and records full-HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 full frames per second.
What caught my eye was the 460,000-pixel 3” LCD display that is fully articulated. It can be folded out to face any direction to allow the photographer to shoot from awkward angles.
I’ll be trying out the camera over the holiday period to see whether its performance matches its good looks.