Leica Camera AG, Solms is exhibiting the new LEICA D-LUX 3 at photokina in Cologne (26th September to 1st October 2006).

The high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8-4.9/6.3-25.2 ASPH zoom lens on the LEICA D-LUX 3 permits a wide range of focal lengths from 28 to 112 millimetres in small picture format, allowing creative scope in picture composition from wide-angle through to the telephoto range. The integral picture stabiliser gives the user additional protection against camera shake in all photography situations, even under difficult lighting conditions. A total of three picture formats (16:9, 3:2 and 4:3) in different resolutions are available for pictures. The display on the LEICA D-LUX 3 has been increased to 2.8", allowing for the first time the full extent of a picture to be displayed in 16:9 format. The image signal processor has also been improved in comparison to its predecessor model, delivering even faster image processing and saving within the camera. This allows the LEICA D-LUX 3 to be used quickly, reliably and spontaneously at any moment.

"The LEICA D-LUX 3 is a compact camera with controls like those of a professional camera and this gives it a particularly wide creative scope. Different picture modes from manual settings through to the subject programs for quick snapshots allow limitless possibilities for creativity in picture composition. Together with the lightning-fast image processing and a compact camera design, the LEICA D-LUX 3 offers users particularly mobility and flexibility, to capture perfect moments in unforgettable pictures", says Marius Eschweiler, Product Manager for digital compact cameras at Leica Camera AG.

The high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8-4.9/6.3-25.2 ASPH zoom lens comprises nine lenses in eight groups. With a maximum aperture of 2.8 and a large focal length range from 28 to 112 millimetres in small picture format, the LEICA D-LUX 3 offers versatile picture composition possibilities for brilliant photos with true-to-life colours. The optics are individually matched to the camera sensor. Together with the electronics and software, this enables picture quality with true-to-life colours, excellent sharpness and high brilliance.

In relation to colour matching, contrast and picture definition, Leica Camera AG has developed its own profile. This is oriented to the picture characteristics that are well known to Leica System Camera customers from their use in combination with professional film materials and specialist development laboratories.

Further security for a successful picture is derived from the integral protection against camera shake (O.I.S.), which can be switched on and off at any time. This reliably protects against camera shake in all photographic situations, since small movements of the hand are systematically compensated. Whether at twilight, during indoor shots, for snapshots or in zoom operation – the result is always a sharp picture without the need for a tripod.

The user can operate a changeover lever on the lens at any time to change the side ratio of the photo to any one of three picture formats. Depending on the picture format selected, the resolution varies from 10 MP (16:9), 8 MP (4:3 format) and 7 MP in the classic 3:2 Leica format.

The 2.8" camera display supports the picture format in the 16:9 side ratio and for the first time it shows complete pictures in wide format. With a resolution of 207,000 pixels, it creates an exceptionally brilliant display and enables photographers to make a reliable and exact assessment of the picture composition both when taking the photo and when reviewing it. To reduce the load on the rechargeable battery, the display can also be switched to a darker low-energy mode, without having to sacrifice the outstanding picture quality.

With its technical features, the LEICA D-LUX 3 is also optimally suited for use in digiscoping – photography through a scope. A Leica digital adapter allows the compact camera to be attached to the eyepiece of a LEICA TELEVID scope and thus becomes a camera with an extremely long focal length range for keen birdwatchers and naturalists. The event being watched can be captured in a digital picture that fills the format in impressive quality without vignetting. The large 2.8" monitor of the LEICA D-LUX 3 is outstandingly suitable for assessing the section whilst digiscoping – even for several people – and also for assessing the picture composition. The optical picture stabilisation gives shake-free pictures of the natural world even in poor lighting and extreme conditions. This combined with the quick response time of the shutter are just what are required for a spontaneous picture.

The LEICA D-LUX 3 is characterised by its clear and concentrated design. The straight-line layout and the reduction to the essentials show the camera’s typical Leica lineage. The LEICA D-LUX 3 offers clear functions and is intuitive and secure in use, thanks to the simple operating concept. A joystick on the rear of the camera simplifies manual focussing.

The LEICA D-LUX 3 has a metal body of aluminium. The quality of machining lays great emphasis even on small details. The exclusive use of high-quality materials is the basis for a reliable and robust product in use.

The LEICA D-LUX 3 is supplied with a 64 MB SD card, a battery charger, a powerful rechargeable battery and a comprehensive software package (Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (PC)/3.0 (Mac), Quicktime Movie Player). Further accessories available include a mains adapter (for direct power supply to the camera from the mains), a spare rechargeable battery and two types of high-quality camera case. The sporty Cordura case is particularly hard-wearing, whist the real leather classic moulded case looks very smart. Both camera cases securely protect the products against damage.

The LEICA D-LUX 3 is available in silver or black finish.