Leica has announced a new X-series camera with an F1.7 lens. The Leica X (Typ 113) continues to use a 16MP APS-C sensor and offer a 35mm equivalent lens but now with a considerably faster aperture than the F2.8 of its forebear. The existing X2 model will essentially live on as the Leica X-E.

The Leica X will be available for a recommended selling price of £1,550 in the UK or $2,295 in the US.


Press Release:

The New Leica X

New York, New York (September 16th, 2014) Adding to their impressive catalog, Leica Camera introduces an entirely new X camera featuring a Leica Summilux 23 MM f/1.7 ASPH lens and larger sensor. The combined fast lens and superior glass allows for the brilliant and clear images one expects from Leica. Tailored to the increasing demands of modern photographers, the new Leica X features an expanded video function with full HD quality. With an optional handgrip and extensive range of manual settings, the Leica X offers an enjoyable, personal photographic experience.

To create optimum image quality, the Leica X pairs an APS-C-Format CMOS Sensor with 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels) with a Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. Delivering clear, sharp photos from infinity to a close focusing distance of .2 meters, the improved lens design minimizes flare and ghosting effects. Equivalent to the focal length of a 35mm lens on a full frame, 35mm sensor, the 23mm lens on an APS-C sensor allows for classic wide-angle photography. When using the Leica Digiscoping Adapter on the Leica APO-Televid 82 and APO-Televid 65 spotting scopes, the X camera enables wildlife watchers and photographers to create stunning images with a variable focal length from 850 to 3100 mm.

The simplified functionality and new menu layout permits intuitive camera handling and ease in switching from automatic to manual modes. A faster, more precise auto focus ensures the perfect photo is never missed. Capable of capturing full-HD quality video at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 full frames per second in MP4 format, the new Leica X provides everything an amateur or professional photographer needs for commercial, small business or family use.

A fusion of highest-quality magnesium and aluminum with premium leather trim, the Leica X body comes in a discreet black version with matching leather trim or in an elegant silver with brown leather trim. An extensive range of technical accessories, bags and cases are available for the Leica X wherever the camera is sold. (visit www.leicacamera. com for more information).

Image processing software from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®, is included in the X package, allowing a wide range of functions for the management, processing, and presentation of digital images. Complimentary software downloads are available from the Leica website upon camera registration.

The Leica X and accessories are now available from Leica Stores, Boutiques and dealers.

Leica X (Typ 113) specifications

Price
MSRP£1550, $2,295
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialMagnesium Alloy and Aluminium
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4272 x 2856, 3264 x 2160, 2144 x 1424, 1632 x 1080
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23 x 15.5 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-12,500
White balance presets2
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)35 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF1.7–32
Autofocus
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes
Normal focus range20 cm (7.87)
Macro focus range20 cm (7.87)
Number of focus points11
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeLCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Built-in flashYes
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP-DC8
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)486 g (1.07 lb / 17.14 oz)
Dimensions133 x 73 x 78 mm (5.24 x 2.87 x 3.07)
Other features
GPSNone