Leica Intros Digilux 3, V-LUX1 and D-LUX 3 at Photokina 2006

Besides its big intro of the Leica M8, the company also rolled out three other retro-futuristic-looking cameras at Photokina in Cologne, starting off with the Digilux 3. It's the first all-digital Leica camera, and it's a DSLR with a mirror reflex system giving you through-the-lens shot composition. It also has image stabilization built into its Leica D Vario-Elmarit 2.8-3.5/14-50mm lens. Even though it's all-digital, it still has analog operating procedures such as an exposure ring and manual setting rings for aperture, zoom and focus on the lens. Looks like a highly effective blend of the old and the new.

Two more way-cool Leica cameras, after the jump.

Leica Intros Digilux 3, V-LUX1 and D-LUX 3 at Photokina 2006


Leica also rolled out its 10-megapixel V-LUX1 at Photokina 2006, a compact digital camera with an exceptionally long lens, zooming from 35mm to 420mm. It's got a 2-inch LCD viewscreen that tilts for your convenience, can shoot 848x480 (16:9) movies at 30fps, and also features image stabilization.

Leica Intros Digilux 3, V-LUX1 and D-LUX 3 at Photokina 2006


Then there is the Leica D-LUX 3, a 10-megapixel compact digital camera with a 28-112mm lens. It has an integrated picture stabilizer to help you keep that frame still when you're zoomed all the way into 112mm, and although it's a compact camera, it has pro-level controls, letting you go manual or automatic depending on the situation. It also has a nice, large 2.8 inch viewscreen, and is available in silver or black.

Digilux 3
V-LUX1
D-LUX 3
[Digital Photography Review]