Leica makes some incredible cameras – but they usually come with incredible price tags. The V-Lux 20 is a very welcome departure, costing a semi-affordable £495 (still not cheap for a compact camera).
Of particular interest is its built-in GPS module. This snags geo-location information about where you were when a shot was taken, making it easier to plot your travels on a Google Maps or Google Earth and to associate and organise your photo library using tags.
The Leica V-Lux is primed with the precise locations of half a million famous sights across 73 countries, so you can easily add your snaps of Uluru or Giant's Causeway to the cluster of others'.
The camera's 7.5cm LCD has a resolution of 460K dots, while the sensor is a 1/2.33in CCD that can capture up to 14.5Mp of detail (12.1Mp effective). The LEICA DC-Vario zoom lens has a focal range of 25-300mm (35mm equivalent).
Video can be captured on the Leica too, while photos are optimised due to image stabilisation, face-detection, automatic scene modes and smart exposure. Manual controls to adjust the white balance, aperture length and shutter speed all feature. Retro fans can indulge in a brown leather case for an additional £70.
For full details see Leica-camera.co.uk.
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