Leica cameras are often so stratospherically beyond our budgets that we couldn't even contemplate doing more than admire and, if we’re very lucky, spend a week or so reviewing one. The V-Lux L3 – Leica’s first megazoom compact camera – costs a relatively modest £690.

The 12.1Mp camera has a 24x zoom at its command. This equates to a 35mm equivalent of 25-600mm. Designed for sharp shooting action and wildlife photography, the L3 can take a continuous 12 frames per second at full resolution, or an exceptional 60fps at 3.5Mp resolution.

The L3 might be billed mainly as a stills camera, but it also has a high-definition video capture mode that sees it create 1920×1080 AVCHD video files at 60fps. For shoot and share video capture, there’s an Mpeg4 recording option. The 24x optical zoom can be used during both photo and video recording, with scenes composed on the Leica's 3in (460k dot resolution) tiltable LCD. The integrated stereo microphone has a wind filter to help ensure dialogue can be heard.

For full details see Leica-camera.co.uk. 

Leica V-Lux 3 digital camera