New cameras come alive at PhotoPlus Expo

Craving a new camera for the holiday season? The hottest new cameras, camcorders, and accessories of the year were all on display at the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York City.

Leica’s High-End Point-and-Shoots

When you look at the specs, Leica’s compact D-Lux 5 (right) and GPS-enabled V-Lux 20 (left) are identical to Panasonic’s Lumix LX5 and Lumix ZS7, respectively. That’s a great foundation, as those two Lumixes are among the best cameras released in 2010. However, there are a few notable differences between these Leica cameras and their Panasonic-branded cousins. Leica has revamped the cameras’ menu systems to allow faster access to key in-camera settings, and both cameras come with high-end imaging software in the box. The Leica D-Lux 5 is bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to help handle RAW image processing, and the V-Lux 20 comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. Leica is also touting the cameras’ two-year service warranty as a notable value-booster. Both cameras are available now: the Leica D-Lux 5 is priced at US$800, while the V-Lux 20 sells for $700.

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