The black box on the Leica website has finally opened fully to reveal not the Leica Mini M, but rather the Leica X Vario – a APS-C 16.1 MP sensor camera very much similar to the popular X2, but with an Elmar 18-46 mm (28-70 mm equivalent) f3.5-6.4 zoom lens.
Here is what Leica says:
“The Leica Vario-Elmar 28-70 mm f/3.5 – 6.4 ASPH (35 mm equivalent) and the APS-C CMOS sensor ensures images of unsurpassed brilliance. The size and quality of the sensor means low image noise, high dynamic range and accurate color reproduction. The wide-angle to telephoto zoom range of the Leica X Vario offers photographers the options for many more creative compositions: indoor scenes, impressive landscapes or intimate portraits. The Leica X Vario allows users to change focal length easily and quickly to spontaneously capture the perfect moment giving the user the feel of classic Leica controls. In addition, the autofocus is fast and extremely precise while the switch from autofocus to manual focusing is intuitive – simply move the focusing ring on the lens from MF to AF mode”
“The design and finish of the Leica X Vario reflects the ultimate art of engineering with attention to detail and the use of the finest materials. When you first see the Leica X Vario, the Leica DNA will be obvious. A few minutes of handling the Leica X Vario and design characteristics of the Leica M will be apparent including compactness and construction. The top plate is machined from solid aluminum, the process identical to that used for the Leica M. The magnesium and aluminum body feels solid while the soft leather trim provides a comfortable but firm and reassuring grip. The Leica X Vario provides the user with a unique,one of a kind visual and tactile experience which is synonymous with a Leica made in Germany.”
- Same compact form factor as the X1 and X2
- APS-C sensor with 16.2 megapixels
- Fixed 28-70mm (equivalent) f3.5-6.4 zoom lens with 9 elements in 8 groups, 2 aspherical
- Manual focusing ring with distance marks
- Full HD video recording at 30 fps
- Min. focusing distance 11.8″
- ISO 100-12,500
- 3″ 921k dot LCD
- Accessory port for EVF 2 electronic viewfinder with 1.4 million dots
Shipping this week with a price tag of $2850.