Leica announced a new adventure camera today that is shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof — the Leica X-U. The X-U has an APS-C sized CMOS sensor and a 23mm f/1.7 prime lens (built-in) and can go 15 meters underwater for 60 minutes. It is also weather-sealed, and has a lens with an underwater protection filter.
Leica, a renowned camera company whose cameras have been used by many iconic photographers, decided it was time to tread in new waters literally, by making the X-U for adventure photographers. The camera will have that Leica quality in the lens and image sensor, that many photographers crave. The X-U is compact and beautifully engineered camera that was co-designed with the AUDI Design team.
Here are the official specs:
Leica X-U Specs
- APS-C CMOS Sensor with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective)
- Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH; From f/1.7 to f/16 in 1/3 EV increments
- shockproof, dust and water-sealed
- depths up to 15 metres and up to 60-minute dives
- A practical underwater snapshot button enabling it to capture underwater shots
- 1920×1080 or 1280×720 pixel resolution at 30 full frames per second in MP4 video format
- Contrast-based autofocus
- ISO up to 12500
- Ambient temperature: 0° to 40 °C/32° to 104 °F (on land/underwater); max. humidity: 85 % (non-condensation)
- Available in late January 2016 for $2,950