Leica V-Lux 20: Leica voyagin', geotagged for the very first time

The Leica V-Lux 20 is the first model from the high-end camera-maker to include GPS so you can tag your photos with the location you took them

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.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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