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Leica X Vario

Leica currently produce a number of high end Digital RangeFinders, as well as one or two compact cameras that are all Leica. Such as the Leica X Vario, Leica X2 (and previously the Leica X1), but below these premium models, they are currently partnered with Panasonic, producing similar models with Leica design touches… In the past they have worked with other companies including Fujifilm, and produced a variety of cameras, including a Four-Thirds Digital SLR. Lets have a look back at the various models in the Leica Digital Camera range, starting with the current models:

2013
Leica C Compact – (Typ 112) 12 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom, EVF, Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LF1. Details, Sample Photos.
Leica X Vario – 16 megapixel compact camera with APS-C CMOS sensor, and 2.5x optical zoom lens, 28-70mm equivalent, f/3.5-6.4 aperture.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.
Leica M (Type 240) – Top of the range 24 megapixel full frame digital rangefinder with CMOS sensor, video recording(!), and live view(!), roughly £6k body only.
– Reviews: Wedding Photographer, Specifications, Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, SteveHuffPhoto.

2012
Leica S
– 37.5 megapixel Medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M-E – A “budget” or “entry level” £4000 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view).
– Reviews: AP, 50lux, RedDotForum Comparison.
Leica M MonochromBlack and white full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view), £6200.
– Reviews: AP, Jonathan Slack, Phoblographer, RedDotForum, MingThein, Sample Photos PopPhoto, ePHOTOzine.
Leica X2 – Compact by Leica with 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzinePhotographyBLOG, Specifications, Sample Photos, SteveHuffPhotos.
Leica D-Lux 6 – based on the Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10.1 megapixel, f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, MingThein, RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 4 – ultra-zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews / Sample photos: RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 40 – pocket / travel zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30
– Reviews / Sample photos: PhotographyBLOG.

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Leica X Vario

The Leica X Vario is a new digital camera with a 16.5 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with a 2.5x optical zoom lens – f/3.5-f/6.4, 28 to 70 mm (35 mm equivalent), 3inch screen, full HD video recording, with an RRP of £2150 including VAT. More details can be found on Leica’s website.

Today is the last day of Focus On Imaging 2013 – so if you’re keen to get a last minute bargain and can make it there – then there are a number of offers available from retailers with Focus On Imaging show prices! Including the Nikon D600 for £1099 refurbished body only, a number of Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses for great prices, and offers on memory cards and more…

There were some of the big camera companies, including Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm, with few other camera companies including Sigma and Minox, although you could see a number of lenses from the likes of Tokina, Carl Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma, Samyang, and bags and tripods from Manfrotto, Giottos, Gitzo, 3 Legged Thing, and others (Cullmann, Triopos, Benro etc). More tripods than you can shake a stick at?

Here’s a roundup of coverage of the show from around the web:
Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Launched – flatbad scanners are still around.
Three new digital backs from Phase One, ePHOTOzine has the details.
BlackMagicDesign Cinema Camera EF Hands-On – 2.5k Video camera.

Lenses:
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Hands-On – Mirrorless lens.
New 80-400mm Telephoto Zoom Lens From Nikon Announced – updates the classic lens, preview here.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Hands-On – with built in teleconverter.
Fujifilm X Lens Roadmap Shown – along with specifications for the 55-200mm lens.
Carl Zeiss 135mm f/2 Lens Hands-On – new telephoto prime from Carl Zeiss.

Cameras:
Hasselblad H5D-50 Hands-On Preview
Canon Powershot N Hands-On Preview
Nikon Coolpix L320 Launched – entry level 26x optical zoom ultra zoom camera.
Nikon Coolpix A Announced with 16mp APS-C sensor in a compact, preview here.
Nikon Coolpix P330 Announced – Hands-On Preview – a compact with RAW, and 5x optical zoom.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Hands-On Preview – 18m waterproof compact!
Fujifilm X100s Wide Angle Converter Preview – advanced compact with APS-C sensor.
Fujifilm X20 Hands-On Photos – serious compact with 4x optical zoom.
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR pictures and hands-on – at Pocket-Lint.
Nikon Coolpix P520 pictures and hands-on – at Pocket-Lint.
Nikon Coolpix S9500 pictures and hands-on – at Pocket-Lint.

Sample Photos:
Sigma DP3 Merrill Hands-On Sample Photos – the new Foveon sensor camera with 50mm Macro lens.
Leica M Typ 240 Hands-On Sample Photos – Not at the show, but some of the first sample photos.

Video:
A number of videos from Focus On Imaging are on CameraDiner.
Focus On Imaging Video Roundup at DPNow – with captions.
There’s also a podcast at TheActivePhotographer.

If we’ve missed any additional kit coverage, please let us know!

leica-x2 with accessories
Leica announced three new digital cameras, here’s a run-down of what they are:

Leica M Monochrom: Digital Rangefinder with 18 megapixel BLACK AND WHITE full frame sensor. Around £6k body only, a Leica lens starts at around £1000 for a 50mm f/2.5.

Leica X2: (Shown above) Compact camera with 24mm f/2.8 lens, new 16 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, manual controls, oh and it does colour as well. Around £1575 in silver or black.

Leica V-Lux 40: 20x optical zoom lens travel zoom with GPS, 14.1 megapixel sensor and 3 inch touch screen, it’s based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 (read a review here). Around £550.

Here’s some of the latest digital camera reviews from around the web:

Polaroid Z340

Leica M9-P Digital RangeFinder and Noctilux f/0.95 50mm Lens Hands On at ePHOTOzine

Ricoh PX Waterproof Camera Review at ePHOTOzine, PhotographyBLOG

Polaroid Grey Label Z340 Digital Camera and Printer Hands On Preview (pictured above) at ePHOTOzine – the return of the instant polaroid camera, but this time with a 14 megapixel camera, 2.7″ flip out screen, and 3 x 4 inch zink prints.

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Waterproof Review at ePHOTOzine

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review at NeoCamera, ePHOTOzine

Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS Review at Cameras.co.uk, ePHOTOzine

Panasonic Lumix GF3 Colours
Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix GF3, a new compact micro four thirds camera, with 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor, 3 inch touch screen, built in pop up flash, 4fps shooting, full HD video (at 25fps), aluminium chassis, ISO160-6400, scroll wheel, and customisable quick menu / function button. The camera will be available in pink, white, black, red, and brown (depending on location) from mid July priced at £499 with kit lens (14-42mm).

More information: GF3 Press Release, and New Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds Lens

Panasonic Lumix GF3 Black

Leica D-Lux 5
SteveHuffPhoto has just published their review of the new Leica D-Lux 5, announced at Photokina 2010, and based on the Panasonic Lumix LX5, it features a 24mm wide angle 3.8x optical zoom lens (24-90mm), with f2.0 aperture, 10 megapixel CCD sensor, 3″ screen with 460k pixels, 720p HD video, manual focus, flash hotshoe, EVF support, aspect ratio switch (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 with 1:1 also available), 400 shot battery life, optical image stabilisation, and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. We had a look at the camera at Photokina, and have posted photos of the camera in the gallery here.

Leica D-Lux 5 Back

“This versatile compact camera featuring a fast Leica Summicron zoom lens with focal-lengths from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), is the perfect camera for a broad spectrum of photgraphic situations: from macro and wide angle architecture to landscape, from reportage to portrait and available-light photography. Manual setting options and an extensive range of accessories provide even greater creative freedom. With such versatile performance in such a compact package, the D-Lux 5 is the perfect companion whenever you seek inspiration – in Berlin or anywhere else in the world.” – Leica

Leica VLUX 20

While we’re on the subject of pocket-zoom cameras, Steve Huff Photo has reviewed the new Leica V-Lux 20 based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 – it features a metal body available in black, and has a 25mm 12x optical zoom lens (25 – 300mm), GPS, 12 megapixel sensor, 3″ 460k screen, 720p video with stereo sound, optical image stabilisation, and comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements. The Leica V-Lux 20 is available for £472, the Panasonic TZ10 is currently available for £253. This is one of the only reviews available at the moment, along with a the real life review from Beruit.

Leica VLUX 20

“The V-Lux 20 is a marvel of modern technology when you think about it. I mean, this thing is small! The first time I saw it I thought “No way in hell this thing can give quality images at 300mm, the lens is too small”. The design is clean, and very much like the D-Lux 4. It’s black, has the red Leica dot, and comes with a charger, battery and software all packed neatly in one of those cool little Leica silver boxes.” more at SteveHuffPhoto