As every year or so, Leica borrows a few cameras to Panasonic which in return gets some lens production and design certification by the German company. This year, for the Photokina 2012, Leica unveiles two cameras which are also available under the Panasonic brand :
- The Leica D-LUX 6 : this camera has a 24-90mm fast lens (f/1.4-2.3), a large BSI CMOS sensor of 1/1.7″, 1080p video recording, ISO 12,800 max ISO, RAW format, a neutral grey density filter… yes, you have recognized the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Leica D-LUX 6 will be sold with Lightroom 4.
- The Leica V-LUX 4 : is a bridge camera featuring an interesting 26x optical zoom that benefits from a f/2.8 aperture on the entire range. A must-have feature for such a camera, but that very few camera ever offered. Pana was the only one a few years back. They gave the f/2.8 up but now call it back it in their lineup and I like that ! Aside from that, the Leica V-LUX 4 (which actually is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, as you may have guessed) has a 1/2.3″ 12MP backside illuminated CMIOS sensor, 1080p, a swivel 3″ / 460,000 dots LCD and a new EVF of 1,3 Mdots. The Leica V-LUX 4 will b availabl in November 2012, and sold with a free copy of Lightroom 4.
Learn more about the Panasonic FZ200 and LX7.