By Alex Cranz
Leica cameras have a reputation for their gorgeous optics and the kind of prices only the Richie Riches of the world can afford. Their durability, however, has never been notable. If anything Leica cameras are considered downright delicate compared to other cameras. The new Leica X-U might not change Leica’s reputation as a the purveyor of cameras for rich people, but you can drop it off the side of the boat and not lose all your pictures.
That’s pretty cool.
The X-U is cut from the same cloth as the more affordable Leica T, which means no viewfinder, a 3-inch LCD screen on the back a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor. Unlike the Leica T, the X-U features a fixed lens (a 23mm lens with a wicked fast f/1.7 aperture) and a rugged black exterior that’s sealed to make the camera dust resistant. It’s also winterised, which will allow the camera to operate in temperatures more frigid than a Leica is usually operated in, and it’s shockproof too. Leica claims it can survive a fall of up to one-and-a-bit metres.
Yet the big deal is the waterproofing. The Leica X-U can be submerged in water up to 15 metres without any damage to it’s very pricey internals. For £2,115 ($3,000) you can finally have piece of mind when you take your Leica with you aboard your yacht. That’s pricier than a typical rugged camera strapped to a selfie stick or an action camera like the GoPro, but those cameras also don’t feature the kind of optics a Leica is capable of.
The Leica X-U will be available on Leica stores and on their website later this month and you can bet your behind that we’ll be dropping it into a bucket of water as soon as we can get our grubby mitts on it. [Leica via The Verge]