What: Leica V-LUX 40
Specifications: Leica DC Vario-Elmar 4.3-86 mm f/3.3-6.4 lens with 20x optical zoom; 15.3 megapixel sensor with up to ISO 3200; 0.1 second focus speed; 3-inch LCD touch screen; full-HD video up to 1920 x 1080 pixels; integrated GPS
Features: This compact 15.3 megapixel digital camera is packed with features. The Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens has a brilliant focal range and optical zoom up to 20 times. The focus can respond in as little as 0.1 seconds, so there is no fear that a crucial shot will be fuzzy. This camera is particularly special because it has the ability to record where your photographs have been taken using the integrated GPS; this also means that the camera can point out any interesting sights in the surrounding area so you’ll never miss an opportunity for a good photograph.
Design: Leica is known for its black body and silver detailing which has been carried through into its compact digital camera designs. The addition of the classic red insignia on the front makes this unmistakably a Leica, but updated with modern lines.
Usability/performance: It’s ready to use straight out of the box, and the dial and menu buttons are easy to make sense of. However there is some setting up to be done to enable the GPS functions for each city you visit.
Conclusion: As a compact digital camera this has everything a traveller will need, from brilliant quality photographs and video to a subtle and classic design. This is a camera that is good for those who want something to quick and easy to use, but if you want more functionality it has that, too.
Where to shop: KaDeWe, Tauentzienstrasse 21-24, 10789 Berlin, +49 (0)30 21210
Total score: 4/5