Leica's presentations at the Photokina 2010 expo in Germany are underway, starting with this D-Lux 5 compact camera, which can be yours for nearly $1,000.
There is a lot of room for manual controls on this Leica model, but there are quite a few of things that the D-Lux 5 will take care of itself. That includes the O.I.S. image stabilizer, face recognition, and auto ISO selection, contrast compensation and scene modes.
Other key features on the D-Lux 5 include a DC Vario-Summicron 1:2-3.3/5.1-19.2 mm ASPH zoom (24 to 90mm equivalent) lens, 3-inch rear LCD (460-dot resolution) and a 1/1.63-inch CCD sensor.
Like every other Leica model, the D-Lux 5 is expensive (overpriced?), starting at £630 ($978). It will be released in the U.K. in October, but no word on a U.S. release date just yet.
UPDATE: The D-Lux will also be released in the United States for $799.00.