Leica announced a new 24x zoom today- The V Lux 3 – Available in January, sporting a 12.1MP CMOS sensor. The camera has a 4.5 – 108mm F2.8-5.2 image stabilized lens, equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm film terms. The camera can do 1080p60 video capture with stereo audio and 12fps. Sound good? You could save yourself a whole bunch of waiting and save a few hundred dollars by buying the Panasonic FZ150. Seriously it is the same camera minus the Leica red dot.
The FZ150, released this past August is quickly becoming one of my favorite superzooms. All the features of the above – which includes RAW shooting, serious FPS and loads of optical zoom make this an excellent choice for photographers wanting DSLR like performance in a smaller more affordable package. You still aren’t going to get the virtual zero shutter lag of using a DSLR but for just a tad over $400 this is a good deal.
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