Leica has put an end to speculation by unwrapping the V-Lux 20, a 12.1-million-pixel digital compact with a GPS tagging facility...

Leica v-Lux 20Leica has put an end to speculation by unwrapping the V-Lux 20, a 12.1-million-pixel digital compact with a GPS tagging facility.

Due out in May priced £495, the V-Lux 20 features a 12x optical zoom designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 25-300mm lens.

Built-in GPS tagging allows photographers to record the geographic co-ordinates of their location in the Exif file data.

?In addition, the V-Lux 20 can display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from 500,000 points of interest across 73 countries? said a spokesman.

Also on board is an HD (1,280×720 pixel) movie mode and 3in LCD screen carrying a resolution of 460,800 pixel resolution.

The V-Lux 20 boasts manual control over shutter speed and aperture and will come in a kit that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 imaging software.

Full specification, as released by Leica UK at 11am today

Lens

Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3?4.9 ASPH. (25-300mm, 35mm equivalent)

10 elements in 8 groups (3 aspherical surfaces)

Optical zoom

12x

Digital zoom

4x

Focusing:

Modes

Normal/Macro, Macro Zoom, Pre-focusing (On/Off), Continuous focusing (On/Off), AF-tracking

Metering modes

Face detection / AF tracking /11 field / 1 field high speed /1 field / spot

Focusing range:

P/A/S/M

50cm (wide angle) / 2m (tele) ? ∞

Macro / Intelligent

Auto / Movie

3cm (wide angle) / 1m (tele) ? ∞ (5×?8× corresponds to 2m ? ∞)

Scene modes

May differ from the ranges above

Sensor

1/2.33? CCD with 14.5 MP (effective pixels: 12.1 MP)

Resolution:

Still images

4:3 format (max. 12 MP) 4000 x 3000 pixels (12 MP) / 3264 x 2448 pixels (8 MP) / 2560 x 1920 pixels (5 MP) / 2048 x 1536 pixels (3 MP) / 640 x 480 pixels (0.3 MP)

3:2 format (max. 11.5 MP) 4176 x 2784 pixels (11.5 MP) / 3392 x 2264 pixels (7.5 MP) / 2656 x 1768 pixels (4.5 MP) / 2048 x 1360 pixels (2.5 MP) / 640 x 424 pixels (0.3 MP)

16:9 format (max. 10.5 MP) 4320 x 2432 pixels (10.5 MP) / 3552 x 2000 pixels (7 MP) / 2784 x 1568 pixels (4.5 MP) / 1920 x 1080 pixels (2 MP) / 640 x 360 pixels (0.2 MP)

Movies

4:3 format VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG); QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

16:9 format WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG); HD format: 1280 x 720

pixels 60 fps (QuickTime Motion JPEG)

Recording file format:

Still images

JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard)/DPOF-compatible

Still images with sound

JPEG (based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime

Movies

QuickTime Motion JPEG

Exposure control:

Exposure modes

Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual setting (M) / Snapshot / Custom / Scene / Movie / Clipboard

Exposure compensation

Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ±2 EV

Scene modes

Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candlelight, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., High-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Artistic, B/W), Photo Frame

Metering modes

Multi-field / Centre-weighted / Spot

White balance

Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Manual setting

Sensitivity

Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600

Shutter speeds

60 s?1/2000 s, (Starry Sky mode: 15s / 30s / 60s)

Continuous shooting mode:

Series frequency

Slow: Frequency 2.3 fps; Fast: approx. 10/6 fps (Release-/Shutter Priority)

Number of recordable pictures

Slow: max. 5/3 (Standard/Fine); Fast: approx. 15 using the internal memory, immediately after formatting / max. 100 using memory card (depending on card used and settings; 4:3: 3 MP, 3:2: 2.5 MP, 16:9: 2 MP)

Flash:

Modes

Auto, Auto with pre-flash (red-eye reduction), Auto with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off

Range (with ISO AUTO and maximum wide angle setting)

Approx. 60 cm ? 5.3 m

Self timer

2s/10s delay

LCD display

3? TFT LCD, approx. 460,800 pixels

Field of view: approx. 100 %, automatic brightness adjustment

GPS

Registration of geographical data: Latitude and longitude of images taken, display of country/region, state/province/county, city/town, landmark.

Reception frequency: 1575.42 MHz (C/A code)

Geographical coordinate system: WGS84

Microphone/Speaker

Stereo/mono

Recording media:

Internal memory

Approx. 15MB

Compatible memory cards

SD / SDHC / SDXC

Interfaces:

HDMI

Mini HDMI cable (type C)

AV OUT / Digital dedicated jack (14-pin)

Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed) Analogue Video / Audio: NTSC/PAL FBAS (switchable in menu), Audio line output (Stereo)

Printer compatibility

PictBridge

Operating temperature/ humidity

0?40 °C / 32-104 °F / 10?80 %

Battery (Lithium-ion):

Voltage/capacity

3.6 V / 895 mAh (300 pictures according to CIPA standards)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 103 x 62 x 33mm

Weight

Approx. 218g (with memory card and battery)

Accessories included

Battery charger (Leica BC-DC 7)

Battery (Leica BP-DC 7)

Wrist strap

AV cable

USB cable

Software DVD (Adobe Photoshop Elements 8)

CD with full instructions (PDF)

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