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Zoom in on the sporting action this summer with the Leica V-Lux 40

10/05/2012

V-Lux 40

Super-zoom compact digital camera with touch-screen, 20x zoom, GPS and HD video, perfect for recording special sporting, travel and holiday memories

Leica Camera AG has today announced the V-Lux 40, a pocket-sized, super-zoom compact digital camera with a host of useful features for capturing sporting events, holidays and special occasions.

This versatile new compact offers enhanced performance from the 15.3 megapixel (14.1 effective MP), 1/2.33” CMOS sensor, and features a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3–86 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH. lens with an extensive 20x optical zoom. Thanks to this impressive range of focal lengths, equivalent to 24 to 480 mm in 35mm format, the Leica V-Lux 40 is the perfect companion for getting closer to the action, whether it be on safari, at an outdoor festival, or capturing the excitement at the athletics track.

The combination of the high quality Leica lens and new sensor ensures outstanding pictures in a wide range of shooting conditions, with high dynamic range and particularly low-noise images at sensitivities up to ISO 3200, making the camera ideal for use both indoors and outdoors, even in low light. In addition, the autofocus speed of 0.1 seconds enables fast and accurate focusing on moving subjects.

For a camera of such small dimensions, the Leica V-Lux 40 boasts an outstanding set of features. For quick and simple handling, an intuitive 3” touch screen LCD screen provides easy access to the camera’s key controls, as well as clear playback and review of images thanks to its 460,000 pixel display. An integrated GPS function allows users to record the location of their images, while video recording in full HD format gives users the option of creating impressive movie footage.

The Leica V-Lux 40’s enormous range of focal lengths makes it ideal for almost all photographic scenarios. For expansive landscapes, finely detailed macro studies at short distances or for shots of distant objects with its super-telephoto setting, the Leica lens, with its high-precision aspherical lenses and image stabilisation technology, delivers outstanding results every time.

Users can choose from an extensive selection of creative imaging options – from a continuous shooting rate of ten frames per second at full resolution, and even 60 frames per second in high-speed mode, to creative modes with effects such as miniature, panorama and retro. The entire 20x zoom range is available during movie recording and an integrated stereo microphone with an electronic wind noise filter guarantees a crystal-clear soundtrack. Videos can now also be saved in Internet-friendly MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, without the need for conversion.

For anyone travelling, the useful built-in GPS module is a welcome feature, enabling the photographer to record the geographical coordinates and local time of every shot captured in the Exif data of the image file.* Furthermore, the camera can display local landmarks and the sightseeing highlights (1,000,000 ‘points of interest’), while a DVD included in the package provides maps of important cities and regions. Once transferred to an SD memory card, these maps can be uploaded to the camera and used for orientation in unfamiliar locations. Photos can also be stored within the maps as thumbnail images.

As with all Leica cameras, the V-Lux 40 has been designed to look timeless, elegant and discreet, with a matt black chassis complemented by chrome-coloured controls. An optional high quality, tan-coloured leather case completes the classic styling – making it a perfect companion for all occasions.

Included software
The Leica V-Lux 40 is supplied with a comprehensive software package comprising Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10 for still-image processing and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 10, designed especially for video processing.

Pricing and availability
The Leica V-Lux 40 is scheduled to be available in the UK from May 2012 from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk, tel: 020 7629 1351. A full list of authorised UK Leica dealers is available at www.leica-camera.co.uk. The suggested retail price of the Leica V-Lux 40 is £550 inc. VAT.

Accessory prices (inc. VAT)
Tan leather case with shoulder strap - £80
Soft brown leather pouch - £63

Leica warranty and added value services
The Leica V-Lux 40 comes with a two-year warranty and a one-year Leica UK ‘Passport’ (complimentary accidental damage cover). UK customers are also welcome to visit the Leica Store and Akademie in Mayfair, London, for a complimentary demonstration or training session on the features of the camera. Technical support by telephone is available via Leica’s London-based Client Care department.

Notes to Editors
For further information, high resolution images or product samples, please contact one of the following:
Jenny Hodge, tel 07920 291920, email jenny.hodge@leica-camera.co.uk
Clare Lingfield, tel 07881 587186, email clare.lingfield@leica-camera.co.uk
Simon Wittenberg, tel 07867 804471, email lcpr@sidhuandsimon.com

Media contact details for Leica North America
Evins Communications, Ltd., Tel: 212-688-8200
Julia Covelli, tel 212-377-3593, email julia.covelli@evins.com

LEICA V-LUX 40: Technical specifications

Lens Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.3-86mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH.
(24-480mm, 35mm equivalent)
12 elements in 10 groups (6 aspherical surfaces in 3 elements)
Optical zoom 20x
Digital zoom 4x
Optical image stabilsation Yes
Focusing  
Modes Normal/Macro
Metering modes Face detection, AF tracking, multi point, single point, spot, touch field
Focusing range  
P/A/S/M 50cm (wide angle) / 2m (tele) – ∞
Macro / Intelligent / Auto / Movie 3cm (wide angle) / 1m (tele) – ∞
Sensor 1/2.33” CMOS with 15.3 MP (effective pixels: 14.1 MP)
Resolution  
Still images 16:9 format: 4320 x 2432 pixels, 3648 x 2056 pixels, 3072 x 1728 pixels, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 360 pixels
3:2 format: 4320 x 2880 pixels, 3648 x 2432 pixels, 3072 x 2048 pixels, 2560 x 1712 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels
4:3 format: 4320 x 3240 pixels, 3648 x 2736 pixels, 3072 x 2304 pixels, 2560 x 1920 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels
1:1 format: 3232 x 3232 pixels, 2736 x 2736 pixels, 2304 x 2304 pixels, 1920 x 1920 pixels, 1536 x 1536 pixels, 480 x 480 pixels
Movies 16:9 format AVCHD:
1080p: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 29 min per recording)
720p: 1280 x 720 pixels (max. 29 min per recording)
MP4:
16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 pixels (max. 29 min per recording),
1280 x 720 pixels (max. 29 min per recording)
4:3 format: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels (max. 29 min per recording)
QuickTime Motion JPEG (High Speed Video)
3D phot function 16:9 format: 1920 x 1080 (MPO format)
Exposure control Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual setting (M)
Exposure modes Increments: 1/3 EV steps, setting range: ±2 EV
Scene modes Portrait, soft skin, scenery, panorama-assist, sports, night portrait, night scenery, handheld night, HDR, food, baby mode 1, baby mode 2, pet, sunset, high sensitivity, through glass, high-speed video
Creative control modes Still-picture modes: Expressive, retro, high key, low key, sepia, mono, high dynamic range, toy effect, miniature effect, soft focus
Review modes: Expressive, retro, high key, low key, mono, toy effect, soft focus, off
Metering modes Multi-field, centre-weighted, spot
White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Manual setting
Sensitivity Auto /iISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Shutter speeds 15s–1/2000 s, (Starry Sky mode: 15s / 30s / 60s)
Continuous shooting modes (Burst frequency: max. number of pictures / max. resolution)
2 B/s: max. number 100 / 14 MP max. resolution
5 B/s: max. number 100 / 14 MP max. resolution
10 B/s: max. number 15 / 14 MP max. resolution
40 B/s: max. number 50 / 5 MP max. resolution
60 B/s: max. number 60 / 3.5 MP max. resolution
Flash  
Modes Auto, Auto with pre-flash (red-eye reduction), Auto with slower shutter speeds and pre-flash, On, Off
Range Approx. 60cm – 6.4m (W/ISO Auto), 1.0 – 3.3m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Self-timer 2s/10s delay
LCD display 3” TFT LCD, approx. 460,800 pixels
Touch Screen functionality
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Recording media  
Internal memory Approx. 12MB
Compatible memory cards SD: 8MB – 2GB
SDHC: 4GB – 32GB
SDXC: 48GB – 64GB
Interfaces  
HDMI Mini HDMI cable (type C)
AV OUT/Digital Digital: USB 2.0 (High Speed)
Dedicated jack (8-pin) Analogue Video/Audio: NTSC/PAL Composite (switchable in menu), Audio-line-out (mono)
PictBridge compatible Yes
GPS* Geographic coordinate system: WGS84
1 million Points of Interest
Operating temperature/
humidity
0–40 °C / 10–80 %
Battery (Lithium-ion) BP-DC7  
Voltage/capacity 3.6 V / 895 mAh (260 pictures according to CIPA standards)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 105 x 59 x 28 mm
Weight Approx. 210g (with memory card and battery)
Accessories and software
included
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10, Adobe® Premiere® Elements 10 (on DVD)
CD with full instructions (PDF)
DVD with additional map data
Printed short instruction manual
Wrist strap
AV cable
USB battery charger with cable
Lithium-ion battery (BP-DC 7)
* GPS tagging may not function in the People’s Republic of China and neighbouring regions. Satellite signal reception may not be possible, depending on the location. In such cases, the positioning data may be recorded inaccurately or not at all.