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Leica unveils V-Lux 30 compact camera

Leica V-Lux 30 digital camera - launch price £550

Leica V-Lux 30 compact digital camera - launching June 2011

Leica has announced the Leica V-Lux 30 – the latest model in its range of compact cameras, and a successor to the V-Lux 20.

Leica’s new V-Lux 30 has a 14.1Mp sensor, 16x optical zoom and Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3-68.8mm (f/3.3-5.9) lens. A 3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 460,000 pixels completes the spec list. 

The V-Lux 30 ups the sensor resolution from the 12.1Mp found on the V-Lux 20, to 14.1Mp. Another addition is the V-Lux 30’s ability to capture full HD video in 1080i AVCHD format, compared to the 720p resolution of the V-Lux 20.

For more information on compact cameras & digital SLRs, check out our photography guides and reviews

GPS and 3D

Like the V-Lux 20, the new model features GPS tagging, a feature that electronically tags each image that you take using the camera’s integrated GPS receiver. Leica also claims a quicker continuous shooting mode for fast-moving subjects such as animals or sporting events.

There’s even a 3D mode which can combine two sequential two-dimensional photos into a MPO format 3D image for viewing on compatible 3D TVs or monitors.

The V-Lux 30 weighs 220g and is 33mm thick. Its launch price will be £550, slightly above the £500 being charged for the V-Lux 20. Leica says the V-Lux 30 will be available to buy from June 2011.

Leica V-Lux 20 review

Which? has reviewed the V-Lux 20 in our in-depth lab-based digital camera tests. While we liked its styling and photo capabilities, we felt it overpriced compared to the virtually identical Panasonic TZ10. Read more in our full Leica V-Lux 20 review.

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