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Leica X Vario

Leica currently produce a number of high end Digital RangeFinders, as well as one or two compact cameras that are all Leica. Such as the Leica X Vario, Leica Q, Leica X2 (and previously the Leica X1), but below these premium models, they are currently partnered with Panasonic, producing similar models with Leica design touches…

In the past they have worked with other companies including Fujifilm, and produced a variety of cameras, including a Four-Thirds Digital SLR. Lets have a look back at the various models in the Leica Digital Camera range, starting with the current and most recent models:

2019
Leica M-E (240)
– new entry level digital rangefinder, £3500 price tag.
Specifications, Reviews: Shutterbug.
Leica V-Lux 5 – ultra zoom bridge camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000-II, but with Leica styling.
Specifications, Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica Q2 – 47mp full-frame sensor, update to the Leica Q
Specifications, Reviews: CasualPhotoPhile.

2018
Leica Q-P
– more subtle / stealth version of the Leica Q (from 2015), features Wi-Fi.
Specifications, Reviews: KeithWee.
Leica M10-D –  with an exposure compensation dial, and no screen
Specifications, Reviews: SteveHuffPhoto.
Leica M10-P –
“quiet” version of the 24mp M10, with 3inch touch-screen
Leica C-Lux – 20mp “travel zoom” with 15x optical zoom lens, with 1inch CMOS sensor, based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ200.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine.

2017
Leica M10 – 24mp full-frame sensor, digital rangefinder, thinner than previous Leica M cameras. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica TL2 – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica CL – 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 4K video, EVF. Leica CL Sample photos.

2016
Leica X-U – Underwater / waterproof version of the Leica X (113). Reviews: RedDotForum, HaveCameraWillTravel.
Leica M-D – Screenless 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviews: Fstoppers.
Leica TL – mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviewed by Stuff.

2015
Leica Q (Typ 116) – 28mm lens, f/1.7, 24mp Full-Frame sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Alex Cornell.
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) – 24mp full-frame monochrome sensor, Digital Rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica M (Typ 262) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder, FullHD video. Reviews: TransientEye.
Leica SL (Typ 601) – 24mp Full-frame mirrorless camera, Wi-Fi, 4K video, 11fps continuous shooting, EVF. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.

2014
Leica T (Typ 701)
– Leica’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, 16mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Fstoppers.
Leica X (Typ 113) 
– 35mm equivalent lens, f/1.7, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor, FullHD video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica X-E
– 35mm equivalent lens, f/2.8, 16.5mp APS-C CMOS sensor. Reviews: The Phoblographer
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
 – Based on the Panasonic Lumix LX100, f/1.7-2.8, 3.1x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: ePHOTOzine.
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) – Based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, f/2.8-4, 16x optical zoom lens, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video. Reviews: RedDotForum.
Leica M-P (240) – 24mp full-frame digital rangefinder. Reviewed by Wired.

2013
Leica C Compact – (Typ 112) 12 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom, EVF, Compact camera based on the Panasonic Lumix LF1. Details, Sample Photos.
Leica X Vario – 16 megapixel compact camera with APS-C CMOS sensor, and 2.5x optical zoom lens, 28-70mm equivalent, f/3.5-6.4 aperture.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, Specifications.
Leica M (Type 240) – Top of the range 24 megapixel full frame digital rangefinder with CMOS sensor, video recording(!), and live view(!), roughly £6k body only.
– Reviews: Wedding Photographer, Specifications, Sample Photos: ePHOTOzine, SteveHuffPhoto.

2012
Leica S
– 37.5 megapixel Medium format Digital SLR.
Leica M-E – A “budget” or “entry level” £4000 18 megapixel full frame CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view).
– Reviews: AP, 50lux, RedDotForum Comparison.
Leica M MonochromBlack and white full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor digital rangefinder (no video, no live view), £6200.
– Reviews: AP, Jonathan Slack, Phoblographer, RedDotForum, MingThein, Sample Photos PopPhoto, ePHOTOzine.
Leica X2 – Compact by Leica with 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzinePhotographyBLOG, Specifications, Sample Photos, SteveHuffPhotos.
Leica D-Lux 6 – based on the Panasonic Lumix LX7, 10.1 megapixel, f/1.4 3.8x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews: ePHOTOzine, MingThein, RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 4 – ultra-zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/2.8 24x optical zoom lens.
– Reviews / Sample photos: RedDotForum.
Leica V-Lux 40 – pocket / travel zoom based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30
– Reviews / Sample photos: PhotographyBLOG.

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leica-x2 with accessories
Leica announced three new digital cameras, here’s a run-down of what they are:

Leica M Monochrom: Digital Rangefinder with 18 megapixel BLACK AND WHITE full frame sensor. Around £6k body only, a Leica lens starts at around £1000 for a 50mm f/2.5.

Leica X2: (Shown above) Compact camera with 24mm f/2.8 lens, new 16 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, manual controls, oh and it does colour as well. Around £1575 in silver or black.

Leica V-Lux 40: 20x optical zoom lens travel zoom with GPS, 14.1 megapixel sensor and 3 inch touch screen, it’s based on the Panasonic Lumix TZ30 (read a review here). Around £550.

perar-super-triplet
Japan Exposures are selling the limited edition MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 Lens – a newly developed, limited edition (200) rangefinder lens in Leica M mount – it uses just 3 lens elements – sample photos can be viewed using the link below, taken with the Leica M8 – and it is available for ¥49,900 / £384.74 / $592.66 US. The lens is collapsible, as shown above, and is very small! via Japan Exposures Blog

Leica M9

SteveHuffPhotos have published their review of the new Leica M9 – the smallest full frame sensor camera in the world – it features an 18 megapixel full frame sensor, 2.5″ screen, optical viewfinder, flash hot shoe, shutter speed dial, sensor cleaning, ISO2500, 2fps shooting, uses Leica M-mount lenses, and will be available in Silver and Black, or Black for £4850 now.

More Leica M9 Reviews: Luminous Landscape (Paris), First Look, David Farkas, NikonWeb, Previews: Photography BLOG, DPReview

Leica M9

Luminous Landscape has published their first look review of the new Leica M9 – the smallest full frame sensor camera in the world – it features an 18 megapixel full frame sensor, 2.5″ screen, optical viewfinder, flash hot shoe, shutter speed dial, sensor cleaning, ISO2500, 2fps shooting, uses Leica M-mount lenses, and will be available in Silver and Black, or Black for £4850 from Amazon UK

“Yes, Virginia, finally with the M9 Leica has produced a true full frame M series rangefinder. What everyone had said was impossible, including Leica, – primarily because of the extremely short back focus distance of the M series design – is now a reality.”

More Leica M9 Reviews: David Farkas, Previews: Photography BLOG, DPReview

Leica M8.2Leica have announced the Leica M8.2 – the camera features is an update to the M8 – the updates provide a quieter shutter, scratch resistant screen, snapshot mode, vulcanite finish, and faster charger:

“The compact nature of the D-Lux 4 means it can be with you all the time. But despite its compact size, it offers top Leica quality and gives the photographer plenty of artistic freedom. The D-Lux 4 is ideal, whether for subjects composed with lots of forethought or for spontaneous reportage.”

Leica M8 Rangefinder in BlackThinkCamera has tested the 10 megapixel Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder in Iraq. The M8 is available in Black or Black and Silver, the Leica M8 is Leica’s first digital rangefinder. It features a 2.5″ screen, and has a number of lenses and accessories available for it. The M8 is available from Amazon:

“Any relationship with the Leica M8 is bound to be a complicated one. There are many things about the Leica M8 that are easy to like, but it’s not a ‘fast’ camera, and it’s not always easy to use. Taking pictures with a Leica M8 is a massive culture shock after using a modern DSLR with a zoom lens. But there’s no question about image quality; for naturalness and real-looking pictures, the Leica M8 has few equals.”

Read more Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder Reviews: Michael Kamber, Luminous Landscape, DPReview, The Online Photographer, Shutterbug, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Luminous Landscape

Leica M8 Rangefinder in BlackMichael Kamber has tested the 10 megapixel Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder in Iraq. The M8 is available in Black or Black and Silver, the Leica M8 is Leica’s first digital rangefinder. It features a 2.5″ screen, and has a number of lenses and accessories available for it. The M8 is available from Amazon:

“When I put my 28mm lens (37mm equivalent) on the M8, the frame lines are quite loose. The image takes in considerably more than is shown in the frame lines. Of course rangefinders were never meant to frame as accurately as SLR’s. Yet the M8 frame lines are simply inaccurate.”

Read more Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder Reviews: Luminous Landscape, DPReview, The Online Photographer, Shutterbug, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Luminous Landscape

Leica M8 Rangefinder in BlackLuminous Landscape have published another review of the new 10 megapixel Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder. The M8 is available in Black or Black and Silver, the Leica M8 is Leica’s first digital rangefinder. It features a 2.5″ screen, and has a number of lenses and accessories available for it. The M8 is available from Amazon:

“Still, even though I would be limited in my profession if I could only shoot my P30, or my Canons, or my Nikons, there really is room in my work for this quirky little Leica. I love cameras that are strange and force me to see the world just a little bit differently than I did yesterday, because that’s what photography is all about, seeing the world just a little bit differently.”

Read more Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder Reviews: DPReview, The Online Photographer, Shutterbug, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Luminous Landscape

Leica M8 Rangefinder in BlackDPReview have reviewed the new 10 megapixel Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder. The M8 is available in Black or Black and Silver, the Leica M8 is Leica’s first digital rangefinder. It features a 2.5″ screen, and has a number of lenses and accessories available for it. The M8 is available from Amazon:

“So what’s the bottom line? I have to admit that I’ve been turned, from a skeptic to a believer, certainly the M8 isn’t a camera everyone is going to afford, but a rangefinder is certainly something any ‘serious’ photographer should try at some point in their life.”

Read more Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder Reviews: The Online Photographer, Shutterbug, Luminous Landscape, The Online Photographer, Luminous Landscape