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Leica V-Lux 1


Leica V-Lux 1
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Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Leica V-Lux 1 is targeted to serious amateur photographers with 10.1 megapixels resolution and 12x optical zoom that is image stabilized. Leica dubs it the "All-in-One" : The compact digital camera with the power of a single-lens reflex.

Marketed as "a real alternative to digital SLR cameras," Leica stresses the "Leica Vario lens, the optical image stabilizer, the fast and accurate autofocus and the high-speed image signal processing."

Leica V-Lux 1 Side View with LCD Rotated
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The Leica V-Lux 1 features a first-class LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens that offers a slight wide focal length range of 35–420 mm. A 2.0” LCD monitor can be swivelled horizontally and vertically through 180°, thus allowing flexibility in shooting angles.

The V-LUX 1 offers fast, simple and intuitive operation, and photographers will enjoy the speed and accuracy of the manual focusing and zoom rings on the lens. The manual focus ring lets you manually adjust the focus from 30cm (0.98 feet) to infinity. To the advanced photographers, it can save images in RAW file format, displays a real-time histogram, and accepts an external flash.

Leica V-Lux 1 with Flash

The V-Lux 1 is also equipped with a shutter speed command dial (back of camera) and aperture command dial (front of camera) for faster manual operation.

It has full flexible exposure control, scene modes, program shift, shutter speed range from 60 sec to 1/2,000 sec. (in Manual mode), and an AF Assist Lamp to aid focusing in low-light situations.

Leica has developed its own profile for colour matching, contrast and picture definition. This is oriented to the picture characteristics that are well known to Leica System Camera customers from their use in combination with professional film materials and specialist development laboratories.

Leica V-Lux 1 Top View

The Leica V-Lux 1 will appeal to the serious and advanced photographer desiring an ultra-zoom digital camera with image stabilization and full exposure flexibility.

View the Panasonic version: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Leica V-Lux 1
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Leica V-Lux 1  
  Image Sensor 1:1.8" CCD sensor with 10.4 million total pixels and 10.1 million effective pixels.  
  Resolution In 4:3 format choice between 3648 x 2736 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels or 1600 x 1200 pixels;
In Leica 3:2 format choice between 3600 x 2400 pixels, 3248 x 2160 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels or 2048 x 1360 pixels;
In 16:9 format choice between 3584 x 2016 pixels, 3072 x 1728 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels (corresponds to HDTV standard).
  Video recording In 4:3 format choice between 848 x 480 pixels 30 B/s, 10 B/s, 640 x 480 pixels 30 B/s, 10 B/s or 320 x 240 pixels 30 B/s, 10 B/s Limited only by memory card capacity, recording with audio.  
  Data recording File formats Still : RAW, JPEG (Fine/Standard), Movie : QuickTime Motion JPEG.  
  Storage Media SD memory card (also SDHC cards) and multimedia card (64 MB SD card included in scope of supply).  
  ISO Sensitivity setting Choice between automatic or manual ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200 (in high-sensitivity mode).  
  White Balance Choice between automatic for daylight, cloudy skies, shadow, halogen light, flash as well as 2 manual settings, white balance fine tuning from -1500 to +1500 K in 150 K steps (also available with automatic setting).  
  Focal Length 7.4–88.8 mm (equivalent to 35–420 millimeters for 35 mm format)  
  Aperture F 2.8 – F11.0 (W), F 3.7 – F11.0 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 12x, focal length adjustment via zoom ring on lens  
  Digital Zoom 4x  
  Optical image
Two operating modes : either only for picture-taking or for both monitor and picture-taking.  
  Distance adjustment
Choice between normal : 0.5 m (W) / 2 m (T) to infinity,
or macro : 0.05 m (W) / 0.3 m (T) to infinity.
  Focus setting

Choice between AutoFocus (either entire focusing area or for macro), or Manual Focus, setting can be saved.

AF operating modes / measuring field: Choice between 9 areas (entire picture field), fast AF with 3 areas (middle transverse) or with 1 middle area,
1 area, or spot.

  Light Metering Choice between multiple field measurement, emphasis on middle integral measurement, spot measurement, setting can be saved  
  Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in stages, settings from 1.3 EV.  
  Exposure modes Choice between program automatic, aperture automatic, automatic mode (time) and
manual setting
  Shutter Speed Auto : 1 s –1/2000 s;
Program Auto : 1 s –1/2000 s;
Aperture and Auto mode (time) : 8 s –1/2000 s;
Manual setting : 60 s –1/2000 s.

Flash modes Choice between automatic ON with or without preflash (red-eye reduction), manual ON (fill-in flash) with or without preflash, SLOW sync for longer shutter speeds (with preflash), flash OFF ;
Range wide (sensitivity to Auto) : 0.3 . 7 m (with WW), 0.3 . 5.3 m (with tele). Flash shoe for external flash units ;
Flash output adjustment +/- 2 EV in stages, settings from 1.3 EV.

  Motif programs (Scene Modes)

Portraits, sport, night scenes, night portraits, fireworks, parties, snow, self-portraits, food, high-sensitivity mode, Baby 1, Baby 2, soft skin, candlelight, starry skies, landscapes.

  Color effects

Choice between cool, warm, B/W or sepia.

  Monitor / EVF Swiveling 2.0" TFT color display with 207,000 pixels, electronic viewfinder with 235,000 pixels.  
  Automatic (self) timer Either 2 s or 10 s self-timer.  
  Connections USB 2.0 full speed, DC in (power supply) and AV out.  
  Picture characteristics Contrast, color saturation, sharpness and noise reduction are adjustable.  
  Printer compatibility PictBridge, DPOF  
  Power supply Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (710 mAh ; 7.2 V) or optional power supply unit/charger.  
  Included Accessories

Lens Cap
Carrying Strap
Lens Hood
512 MB SD card
Charger, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
A/V cable, USB cable
Extensive software package (Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (PC)/3.0 (Mac),Quicktime Movie Player).

  Dimensions (W x H x D)

141 mm x 85 mm x 142 mm (5.5 x 3.3 x 5.6 inch)

  Weight (Camera body only) 668 g/734 g (23.6/25.9 oz) without/with battery, memory card and lens cap.  
  MSRP US$  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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