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Leica gets official with V-Lux 20 compact digital camera

After some details and photos leaked online last week, Leica has come clean and officially introduced the company's first compact superzoom camera: the V-Lux 20.

After some details and photos leaked online last week, Leica has come clean and officially introduced the company's first compact superzoom camera: the V-Lux 20.

The 12.1-megapixel V-Lux 20 includes a lot within that compact, matte-finish frame, including a Leica DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9 ASPH zoom lens with 12x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. It's also ready for the road with integrated GPS tagging that can tag 500,000 places in 73 countries.

Photographers can also record HD videos up to 720p at 60fps as Motion JPEGs. Conveniently, video mode still allows for some of the preset still features, including face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure.

Other notable specs on the V-Lux 20 include:

  • 3-inch TFT LCD display
  • 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor
  • 11-point AF
  • ISO up to 1600
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 hi-speed, mini-HDMI, AV output, DC input
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery

Pricing still seems to be a debatable point. Leica is releasing the V-Lux 20 in the UK first for £495 ($761). There's no note on when it will be released in the United States and for what price, as it's not always relative. Leica Rumors had predicted the U.S. price point would be $599, but again, we'll have to wait and see until it's released stateside.

If all you are looking for is a Leica brand camera, then this is a deal. But as far as specs go, you can get the same product for less money by picking up the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7.

[UPDATE 04/23/10: A Leica representative has informed me that the US price will be $699 and the leather case will retail for $175.]