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Leica Announce M8, D-LUX 4 and C-LUX 3

Leica M8, D-LUX 4 and C-LUX 3
Leica has announce a trio of digital cameras today. The cameras include the C-LUX 3, D-LUX 4 and the M8.2. The C-LUX 3, is a compact pocket-sized digicam that features 10-megapixel sensor, 25 to 125mm 5x optical zoom lens, all-metal chassis, optical image stabilization, face detection and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor. Available in black or white from October 2008, the LEICA C-LUX 3 will have an SRP of £420.

The D-LUX 4, is a 10.1-megapixel compact camera which can extend its zoom range of 24 to 60-millimeters via lens adapters. It also features a choice of either an additional flash or a 24-millimeter optical viewfinder. Available from October 2008, the LEICA D-LUX 4 will have an SRP of £590.

The M8.2, which keeps the current 10.3 megapixel sensor found in the M8 , but also features a new metal blade focal plane shutter, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal coverglass for the LCD, a "snapshot mode," redesigned bright frame lines in viewfinder and a Quick Override setting. The M8.2 should be available this month for an SRP of £3390. Authorised Leica dealers are also offering a £400 Leica M8 trade up incentive which is currently scheduled to end on 30th September 2008.

Leica Sacks CEO Steven K. Lee

The CEO of Leica was 'removed' from his post by the company's supervisory board and replaced by their owner and board chairman Andreas Kaufman. His removal is hinted to be linked to a controversial interview he gave to Amateur Photographer at this year's PMA show, in which he hinted that the M8 digital rangefinder was to upgraded with a full frame sensor. I'm guessing that if this was the case, then it was information the board wanted kept under wraps. For more information read the source article at Amateur Photographer.