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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:

2017
Leica M10 – 24mp full-frame sensor, digital rangefinder, thinner than previous Leica M cameras. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica TL2 – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica CL – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video, EVF. Leica CL Sample photos.

2016
Leica X-U – Underwater / waterproof version of the Leica X (113). Reviews: RedDotForum, HaveCameraWillTravel.
Leica M-D – Screenless 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviews: Fstoppers.
Leica TL – mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviewed by Stuff.

2015
Leica Q (Typ 116) – 28mm lens, f/1.7, 24mp Full-Frame sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Alex Cornell.
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) – 24mp full-frame monochrome sensor, Digital Rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M (Typ 262) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder, FullHD video.
Leica SL (Typ 601) – 24mp Full-frame mirrorless camera, Wi-Fi, 4K video, 11fps continuous shooting, EVF. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.

2014
Leica T (Typ 701)
– Leica’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Fstoppers.
Leica X (Typ 113) 
– 35mm equivalent lens, f/1.7, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica X-E
– 35mm equivalent lens, f/2.8, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: The Phoblographer
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
 – Based on the Panasonic Lumix LX100, f/1.7-2.8, 3.1x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) – Based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, f/2.8-4, 16x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: RedDotForum.
Leica M-P (240) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviewed by Wired.

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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Looking at the Christmas and Boxing Day sales on digital cameras, you tend to get a view of what is “old” and due to be replaced, based on what cameras are seeing the biggest discounts. For example, the Panasonic Lumix G3 is for sale at Argos (in the UK) for £235 with lens – a bargain for a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera – but you can easily see why, it’s been superseded by the Panasonic Lumix G5 and then the G6.

So for old cameras that have been replaced by newer models, it’s obvious why the price is so low… and it means you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind the older technology. But what about “current” cameras or old cameras that haven’t yet been replaced by a newer model… Here we’re talking about these cameras:

Canon EOS 1100D DSLR

The Canon EOS 1100D – there is no newer model to this, and it’s still available new, yet has been available for at least 2 and a half years – some places are selling it for £245 with lens (Amazon) – others for £160 with lens (Tesco in-store clearance). So next year, will we see a Canon EOS 1200D (or a new model altogether)?

The Nikon 1 S1 – only been out for about a year, yet Tesco are selling it for £149 with lens. It’s either due a replacement (the Nikon 1 S2?) or will be completely discontinued.

Fujifilm XPro1

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is another camera that has been widely reduced, and even offered with a free lens, meaning a replacement is likely (the X-Pro2?) and many rumor sites have suggested this is likely.

Sony Alpha a3000

Other cameras that have seen big reductions include the Sony Alpha A3000 – reduced from £299 to £199 – which would suggest that it is being replaced – yet it has only been available for a few months? Would they really replace the camera so soon? (Perhaps with a Sony Alpha A3100 or A3000N?) Many reviews have complained about the poor screen, and poor EVF, if both the screen and EVF are poor, then it can’t be a very nice camera to use… however if they released a newer model with a better screen and/or EVF at least you’d be happy with at least one of them. Others: The Samsung Galaxy Camera, now £199, it was £399 when new… so Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera anyone?

Either way you’d be wise to bare this in mind when shopping for a digital camera in the “sales” – most likely it’s due to a newer model either being available, or coming soon, but if the price is right and it takes good photos, then does it really matter?

Ed note: Guest post from a reader who wished to remain anonymous.

Ultra Zoom / Bridge:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Review – 50x optical zoom lens

Compacts:
Nikon Coolpix S2700 Review – budget, 6x optical
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Review – 12x optical zoom, Wi-Fi
Sigma DP3 Merrill Sample Photos – 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens (75mm equivalent), Foveon sensor
Pentax MX-1 Review – Serious compact with manual controls

Waterproof:
Panasonic Lumix FT5 Review – Tough compact

Mobile Phone:
Sony Xperia Z Preview – 13 megapixel waterproof smartphone.

Mirrorless:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – Compact mirrorless, with high speed shooting.

DSLR:
Nikon D7100 Sample Photos – 24 megapixel APS-C sensor camera
Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D Comparison Review – Full frame Digital SLR cameras compared
Canon 5D, Mark 2, Mark 3 DSLR Comparison Review – full-frame cameras compared
Hasselblad H5D-50 Medium Format Digital SLR  Preview – 50 megapixel DSLR

Reviews:
Nikon 1 S1 Review – compact mirrorless with 10mp sensor, high speed shooting.

Sample Photos:
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 Sample Photos – 50x optical zoom bridge camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Sample Photos – ultra waterproof digital camera
Nikon D7100 DSLR Sample Photos at Nikon

New Cameras Announced:
Sony NEX-3N Hands-On Preview – compact entry level 16mp mirrorless from Sony
Sony NEX-3N Vs Sony NEX-F3 Comparison – old model vs new
Sony Alpha A58 Hands-On Preview – new 20mp entry level DSLR from Sony
Nikon D7100 DSLR Hands-On Preview – new top of the APS-C range 24mp DSLR

Here’s a big list of all the new digital cameras announced at CES 2013 this year, this post will be updated as and when new cameras and information is announced, with 61 cameras announced:

Panasonic: 11
Panasonic Lumix TZ40, TZ37, TZ35 – 20x optical zoom
Panasonic Lumix FT5 – 4.6x optical zoom, waterproof, tough
Panasonic Lumix FT25 – 4x optical zoom, waterproof, tough
Panasonic Lumix LZ30 – 35x optical zoom ultra zoom bridge camera
Panasonic Lumix SZ9, SZ3 – 10x optical zoom lens, compact camera
Panasonic Lumix XS1, FS50 – 5x optical zoom, ultra compacts, MicroSD
Panasonic Lumix F5 – 5x optical zoom, budget model

Olympus: 6
Olympus TG-1, Waterproof, f/2.0 4x optical zoom lens
Olympus SH-50, 24x optical zoom lens
Olympus SZ-16, 24x optical zoom lens
Olympus SZ-15, 24x optical zoom lens
Olympus TG-830, Waterproof
Olympus TG-630, Waterproof

Sigma: 1
Sigma DP3 Merrill, 46mp Foveon APS-C sensor, 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens

Sony: 7
Sony Cyber-shot H200, 26x optical zoom, 20.1 megapixel, £199
Sony Cyber-shot WX200, 10x optical zoom, 18.2mp, Wi-Fi, £219
Sony Cyber-shot WX80, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £159
Sony Cyber-shot WX60, 8x optical zoom, £149
Sony Cyber-shot TF1, Waterproof, 4x optical zoom, 18.2mp, £179
Sony Cyber-shot W730, 8x optical zoom
Sony Cyber-shot W710, 5x optical zoom, £89

Fujifilm: 12
Fujifilm X100S, updated premium camera with 16mp sensor, hybrid opt/evf, RAW
Fujifilm X20, serious compact 4x, 16mp sensor, hybrid optical/evf, RAW
Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR, 42x optical zoom, full HD, RAW
Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR, 30x optical zoom, full HD, RAW
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000, 50x optical zoom, full HD, RAW
Fujifilm FinePix S8500, 46x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S8400, 44x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S8300, 42x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix S8200, 40x optical zoom
Fujifilm FinePix XP60, 6m waterproof
Fujifilm FinePix T500, 12x optical zoom, 2.7inch screen
Fujifilm FinePix T550, 12x optical zoom, 3inch screen

Nikon: 4
Nikon 1 J3 Mirrorless, 14.2mp, 60fps continuous shooting
Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless, 10mp, 60fps continuous shooting
Nikon Coolpix S6500, 12x optical zoom lens, 16mp, Wi-Fi
Nikon Coolpix S2700, 6x optical zoom, 16mp

Polaroid: 4
Polaroid iM1836 Mirrorless, Android 4.1, 18mp sensor, 3.5″ screen, $399
Polaroid iM1232w Mirrorless, Wi-Fi, 18mp, $349
Polaroid iM1032 Mirrorless, 18mp, $299
Polaroid is2433, 24x optical zoom, 16.1mp sensor, 3inch screen

Pentax: 1
Pentax MX-1, 4x optical zoom, 12mp BSI CMOS, 3″ tilting screen, manual controls

Samsung: 10 (F means Wi-Fi)
Samsung NX300, 3.31″ tilting touch screen, Wi-Fi, with new 45mm 2D/3D lens
Samsung WB800F, 21x optical zoom
Samsung WB250F, 18x optical zoom, BSI CMOS sensor
Samsung WB200F, 18x optical zoom, CCD sensor
Samsung WB2100, Ultra-Zoom / Bridge 35x optical zoom, 16.3mp BSI CMOS sensor
Samsung Dv151F / DV150F, Dual view, front and rear LCD, 5x optical zoom
Samsung ST150F, Wi-Fi, 5x optical zoom lens
Samsung WB30F, 10x optical zoom compact
Samsung ST72, budget 5x optical zoom compact
Samsung ES95, even more budget 5x optical zoom compact

Canon: 5
Canon Powershot N – Square 8x optical zoom, IS, Wi-Fi, Mobile link, 12mp BSI CMOS
CanonPowershot A3500 IS – 5x optical zoom, 16mp, IS, Wi-Fi, 3″
CanonPowershot A2600 – 5x optical zoom, 16mp, 3″
CanonPowershot A1300 – 5x optical zoom, 16mp, 2.7″
Canon IXUS 140 – 8x optical zoom, 16mp, Wi-Fi, IS, 3″


Here are some of the bestsellers on Amazon UK, including Digital Cameras, and Accessories:

Memory Cards and Accessories:
8Gb Sandisk SDHC Card £6.24 – bargain SD card from respected company, should hold around 2000 photos, I have one of these and have never had any problems.
4gb Sandisk SDHC Card £4.17 – bargain SD card from respected company, should hold around 1000 photos
Integral USB SD Card Reader £1.90 – a much easier way of getting your photos off your camera, rather than having to use the cable

Compact Digital Cameras:
Panasonic Lumix TZ18 – 16x optical zoom, £175 – great travel zoom, with lots of zoom, good video, metal body, review here. There’s also £25 cashback available on this camera!
Panasonic Lumix FS35 – 8x optical zoom, £105 – nearly as much zoom, but much cheaper, review here.
Pentax Optio S1 – Stylish compact, £75 – ultra compact, available in chrome with 3x zoom, review here.

Pentax Optio S1 Chrome
Pentax has announced the new Pentax Optio S1 – available in black, chrome, or mint green – the compact camera features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens (28-140mm), 14 megapixel sensor, 2.7″ screen, and Sensor shift SR Shake Reduction system, 720p HD Video recording at 30fps, 1cm Super Macro mode, 3.2fps continuous shooting, Face Detection, Smile Detection, and Blink Detection, HDR mode for high dynamic range, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support, and in camera charging via USB. Plus it’s available in chrome! The Pentax Optio S1 is available for £129 from Amazon UK.

“Thanks to the meticulous attention given to every single detail, the Optio S1 is a stylish, beautifully designed camera, almost a fashion accessory. The Chrome model combines a high-quality aluminum-alloy housing with an unique mirror-finish plating.”

Panasonic-lumix-s1-s3
Panasonic has announced two new budget cameras, the Panasonic Lumix S1 and Panasonic Lumix S3, as part of a new line of budget “S” series cameras. Both cameras feature a wide angle 4x optical zoom lens (28mm), optical image stabilisation, 720p video recording, intelligent Auto mode, LUMIX Image Uploader, 2.7″ screen, 250 shot lithium ion battery and 2fps shooting. The Panasonic Lumix S1, available in black only, features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, while the S3 features a 14.1 megapixel sensor and is available in black, white, red, purple, and pink (shown below).

Panasonic-lumix-s3 Pink

“Panasonic is pleased to introduce the new Lumix S-series digital cameras, DMC-S3 and DMC-S1. Simple, smart and stylish S-series is totally new not only in the design but also in the concept, exclusively developed for users with little experience with photography and looking for their first digital camera. Pursuing the ultimate ease of operation, only essential functions are equipped in the S3 and S1 but the compact cameras still perform to the high standards expected from a LUMIX.”