Leica X-U waterproof and shatterproof camera launched at $2,950

Leica X-U sports an APS-C sensor, an f/1.7 lens, and a body that can resist water and shock and will go on sale by January end.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: January 24, 2016 1:27 pm
Leica X-U pairs a 16MP APS-C sensor with fixed Summilux lens and a everything resistant body (Source: Leica) Leica X-U pairs a 16MP APS-C sensor with fixed Summilux lens and a everything resistant body (Source: Leica)

Leica’s cameras are definitely among the niche ones available in the market, and while they cost a lot of money, the cameras were never meant for rough outings. That’s just about to change with Leica X-U.

The Leica X-U is both waterproof and shatterproof, and it will cost under $3000. The new rugged camera can be submerged in water up to 49 feet. Like other rugged-cameras in the market, Leica has winterised (snow-sealing), and dust-sealed it, making the Leica X-U versatile for any kind of shooting condition.

The Leica X-U can be submerged in water up to 49 feet (Source: Leica) The Leica X-U can be submerged in water up to 49 feet (Source: Leica)

Leica X-U is basically a Leica T with ruggedised exterior. The X-U sports a 16.5-megapixel APS-C image sensor paired with a fixed Summilux 23mm lens. The lens has a fast aperture of f1.7. The camera’s closest focusing distance is 20 cm.

On the video front, the Leica X-U can record full HD videos at 30 frames per second and the video is stored in MP4 format. Leica X-U comes with 3-inch TFT LCD display and offers full manual settings. The ISO tops at 12,500 and the camera weighs approximately 635 grams.

The Leica X-U seems to be more affordable considering the pricing for the company’s earlier cameras. The X-U will be available by the end of January for $2,950.