Leica Camera Introduces The Leica D-Lux 6

New from Leica Camera, the Leica D-Lux 6 sets entirely new standards in its class. The Leica D-Lux 6’s comprehensive range of features, combined with its intuitive handling concept, make the elegant and stylish camera ideal for capturing the beauty and detail of nature in photographs of outstanding quality.

This latest model of the Leica D-Lux line unites a remarkably fast lens with a newly developed 1.7″ CMOS image sensor that is particularly large for this compact camera format. Additional features include automatic mode, manual setting options and new, Full HD video recording capability. Optional accessories, such as the new electronic viewfinder, provide even greater creative freedom when capturing images of wildlife and wilderness.

With a zoom range of 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), the newly designed and constructed Leica DC-Vario-Summilux 4.7-17.7 mm f/1.4-2.3 ASPH lens offers an extremely practical range of focal lengths for a wide range of photographic applications, making the camera particularly versatile for everything from macro shots and wide-angle landscape photography to wildlife portraits. The lens is faster than the forerunner model and therefore particularly suitable for available light photography. Whether in adverse lighting conditions or for manipulation of depth of focus, the Leica D-Lux 6 is the perfect camera for capturing truly distinctive outdoor images. The combination of this high-performance lens and the 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor (effective 10 MP) guarantees a high dynamic range and brilliant images.

The D-Lux 6’s new image processor enables photography with sensitivities from ISO 80 to ISO 12800. View images directly in a choice of four formats, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1, in both capture and review mode on the new 3″ LCD monitor screen. The camera monitor, with a wide viewing angle and a resolution of 920,000 pixels, displays the images in superb quality before and after capture allowing photographers to reliably and precisely assess images both during composition and after capture.

The distance, shutter speed and exposure corrections can all be set with its ‘clickwheel’ control. The new option for setting the aperture on the lens barrel enables direct control and provides even more scope for creative composition. A second dial on the back of the camera offers manual focusing and the addition of an ND filter to allow slower shutter speeds for intentional motion blur, despite intense light.

In addition to its programme AE, the D-Lux 6 also features a smart snapshot mode. In this mode, the camera automatically selects the ISO sensitivity, face recognition, dynamic range adjustment and the most appropriate scene mode. The camera’s integrated optical image stabilizer prevents the effects of camera shake especially in failing light and when shooting hand-held. Thanks to its new, selectable, spirit level function, precise camera alignment is now easier than ever before.

Start the new full HD video recording capability by simply pressing a button on the camera’s top deck. The camera records in AVCHD-Format with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60 full frames per second for perfect rendition of even fast-moving subjects in outstanding detail. Video data can be saved in Internet-compatible MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices without any need for conversion. An integrated wind-noise filter reduces undesirable noise guaranteeing a crystal-clear sound recording.

The Leica D-Lux 6 will be available from authorized Leica dealers beginning November 2012. The camera comes complete with the professional still picture and video processing software Adobe® Photoshop Lightroom® 4.

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