Leica has announced its first camera to include GPS. The top-end camera-maker for the discerning lady and gentleman has added location features to the host of manual controls in the Leica V-Lux 20.
The 12x optical zoom lens puts it into competition with the heavyweight likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8. GPS is becoming a popular feature in these types of chunky compacts, which are either high-end consumer models or back-up point-and-shoots for professionals -- depending on whether you're on first-name terms with your bank manager or not. Other GPS rivals include the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V, Nikon Coolpix P6000 and the Panasonic TZ10.
The GPS module adds location data to the EXIF metadata of each photo, tagging it so it can be placed on a map in Flickr or Google Maps. It also shows 500,000 points of interest across 73 countries.
The front end is a DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm, f/3.3-4.9 ASPH zoom lens. It packs a focal range of 25-300mm, equivalent to a 35mm camera. At the back is a 75mm (2.9-inches) screen with a resolution of 460,000 pixels.
The Leica V-Lux 20 is set to cost a hefty £495. It'll be available from May at Leica dealers. Send the butler out to pick it up.