The Leica X-U (Typ 113) inherits the 16MP APS-C sensor and 35mm-equivalent, F1.7 lens from the company's 'X' compact camera into a waterproof, ruggedized, go-anywhere body. Although the X-U was released in early 2016, our recent experience with waterproof compact cameras got us thinking - how much more performance would $3000 extra buy us? We've been putting the X-U through its paces, from lakes in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains all the way to the 1950m / 6400ft Sunrise viewpoint in Mount Rainier National Park.

Click through our sample gallery to see the sorts of images the Leica X-U is capable of, and keep an eye out for our more detailed impressions in the coming weeks.