This is somewhat a departure of style for Leica and for the company’s fans (or diehards). A waterproof, shatterproof camera that costs just about $2,950 — the Leica X-U. Submerging the X-U up to 49 feet is possible dust-sealing and winter protection, meaning that this is the first stock Leica camera that you can bring to any environment without too much of a fuss.
And yes: Leica is famed for its pretty cameras, and the X-U is not one of the prettiest, but it is the toughest.
A 3-inch LCD screen is your only means of coordinating shots — no viewfinder here — using the 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm lens and a fast f1.7 aperture. Record HD video at up to 1080p at 30 frames per second is another feature, albeit rather ordinary in this day and age.
It will be available in Leica stores and dealers at the end of January.