BEST FOR: Aspiring wildlife photographers. THE TEST: Leica managed to pack blazing-fast speed into a body that’s a third the size of Nikon’s D4. The V Lux 3 can shoot 12.1-mega-pixel images at 12 frames per second, and if you’re willing to drop the quality to 3.5 mega-pixels, it’ll fire an astounding 60 frames per -second. The digital-zoom lens spans from 25mm, wide enough to shoot Himalayan landscapes, to a long-lens-mimicking 600mm, which you can use without a tripod, thanks to admirable image-stabilizing technology. THE VERDICT: It’s pricey, but the ability of Leica’s glass to reach out and touch faraway objects is unsurpassed.