There is a spanking new compact digital camera from the house of Leica, known as the V-Lux 3, and this is truly a beauty to behold as with its far more expensive brethren. Sporting an extensive range of features, the Leica V-Lux 3 will incorporate an enormously flexible lens – the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 – 108 mm f/2.8 – 5.2 ASPH. 24-fold super-telephoto zoom lens that is more than capable of handling a slew of focal lengths equivalent to 25–600 mm in 35 mm format. Not only that, there is a newly developed 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor that is said to deliver exceptional image quality in just about all reasonable shooting environments and situations, not to mention boasting video recording capability to boot that Leica claims the results are comparable to premium-range camcorders.

Capable of capturing Full HD video in AVCHD format with 1920 × 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second, this means you will be able to capture fast movement in outstanding detail as it happens, and also makes life a whole lot easier if you want to perform format conversions to other resolutions and refresh rates. It can also shoot in bursts of 12 frames per second at full resolution, or 60 frames per second if you decide to drop the resolution to 3.5-megapixels. Expect the Leica V-Lux 3 to arrive at Leica Camera dealers from early January 2012 onwards.

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