Leica S is a 37.5MP Medium Format DSLR

Leica S

Leica introduced the new Leica S medium format camera alongside the Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. super-wide, the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. and the Leica TS-APO- Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. tilt/shift lens. at Photokina 2012.

The new Leica S features a medium format 37.5MP image sensor (that’s 30 x 45mm in physical size) and an improved sensitivity range over the Leica S2, now at ISO 100-1600.  When used with Leica CS lenses the Leica S offers a flash sync speed of 1/1000s

The Leica S also has an upgraded AF system with predictive AF in tracking mode, as well as built-in GPS. Additional features include a 3-inch LCD at 920k-dot res and full sRGB color space and includes Lightroom 4 for processing its RAW files.

The Leica S should be available in December 2012 for $21,950.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Leica V-Lux 4, a New 24x Superzoom Point-and-Shoot Camera

Leica V-Lux 4

Leica has unveiled its new V-Lux 4 with a 24x zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent) and a 12.1MP CMOS sensor.  The V-Lux 4 captures 1080p HD video and includes a 3-inch articulating LCD, as well as a 1.3MP EVF.

The Leica V-Lux 4 is essentially a rebranded Panasonic FZ200, which is about $300 or so cheaper without the Leica nameplate.

Lecia V-Lux 4 Key Features

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8 Lens
  • 25-600mm Equivalent, 24x Zoom Lens
  • 3.0″ Tilt and Rotate LCD
  • EVF with 1.3 Million Pixels
  • Full HD 1080p AVCHD and MP4 Video
  • Less than 1 Second Start-up Time
  • Fast Auto-focus and High Speed Burst
  • Panorama Feature
  • Lightroom 4 Download Included
The Leica V-Lux 4 should be available in November for $899.  You can get the V-Lux 4 here at B&H Photo.

Leica M-E Unveiled as Lower Priced Rangefinder

Leica M-E

While the new Leica M cruises in at $7k for its full frame 24MP and 1080p video shooting, the Leica M-E isn’t quite the bargain basement price at $5450.  But still, it’s a step down with an 18MP CCD sensor that is close to the same camera as the prior generation Leica M9.

The Leica M-E features a sensitivity range of ISO 160-2500, a 0.68x magnification viewfinder and a 230k-dot res 2.5″ LCD.  The Leica M-E should be available packaged with Lightroom 4 later this month from Leica retailers.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Leica M is a Full Frame 24MP, $7K Rangefinder

Leica M

The Leica M is heir apparent to the Leica M9.  From this point forward, Leica is ditching the number system and simply calling new models the Leica M.

The Leica M features a 24MP full frame sensor and captures 1080/24p video.  The M offers a 3-inch, 920k-dot res LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass to add to the robust build.  In addition to video capture, this is the first M-model to sport live view on the LCD, as well as focus peaking.

The Leica M should be available in early 2013 for $6950.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]