Leica announced its new V-Lux 40 compact digital camera, which appears to be Leica’s version the Panasonic ZS20/TZ30. Like its predecessor, V-Lux 20 and V-Lux 30, the new V-Lux 40 is also a long-zoom camera. It sports a 14.1 Megapixel CMOS image sesnor and a Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3–86 mm f/3.3–6.4 ASPH with a 20x zoom range and 24mm wide angle.
The new camera features ISO sensitivity up to 3200, and a super-fast autofocus speed of 0.1 seconds and offers even faster focusing on moving subjects. The V-Lux 40 comes with integrated GPS to geotag every photos with geographical coordinates and local time. It can also display sightseeing highlights of the immediate neighborhood, and also comes with a map DVD that can be installed to camera and used for orientation in unfamiliar places. The camera is capable of Full HD 1080p video recording in AVCHD format.
The Leica V-Lux 40 features a 3-inch large touchscreen display for touch operation. It uses SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card for storage and provides HDMI output. The elegant camera has an iconic Leica style design with a classic black finish and chromed elements. It comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for still-image processing and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 for video processing. You may also get the optional leather case to protect the camera.