It is a tradition at Leica’s on the amateur camera segment to rebrand a Panasonic high-end compact camera. When you can buy a D-LUX 4 which actually is a Lumix LX5. Today, Leica unveils the V-LUX 3, a Leica tagged Lumix FZ150.
So, the Leica V-LUX 3 is a 24x optical zoom bridge camera with a 12 megapixels CMOS sensor. Its nice versatile lens gives an equivalent to a 25-600mm, perfect for travel photography isn’t it ? Its CMOS technology choice enables the V-LUX 3 to shoot high-speed burst images at 5 fps for 100 continuous shots with AF and exposure metering on and up to 40 and 60 fps when AF and exposure metering are disabled and in lower resolution, 5 and 3.5 megapixels. The Leica V-LUX 3 can also record high quality Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p with stereo sound.
Its maximum ISO setting is still quite low (ISO 3200) as the sensor remains very very small (1/2.33″). The only bridge to date offering a rather bigger than average sensor is the Fuji X-S1, the kind of camera that could make me give bridge cameras an other chance.
What I like about the Leica V-LUX 3 apart from its glamourous red Leica logo ? Here is the list :
– Its one-for-all 25-600mm lens
– Full HD 60p video recording
– 3″/460 000 dots swivel screen that will replace the poor 202K EVF
– The left side located zoom command of the lens
– Photoshop and Premiere Elements included
– RAW format
Leica will charge you $850 for that, when the Panasonic FZ150 is about 30% cheaper. The only difference is the software offer and, as claimed by the Leica employee I talked to, the image treatment which is said to be designed by them.