Digital Cameras Guide
Leica Enters the Mirrorless Camera Fray with the Leica T-System.
Camera fans beware: there’s a new luxury camera to lust for. Leica has just announced their new Leica-T mirrorless camera system, a new range camera that features a minimalist design (in collaboration with Audi) and a whole new range of lenses.
The Leica T has a 23.6 x15.7 mm 16.5MP APS-C sensor and shoots to both JPEG and DNG formats, while Full HD video recording is supported with 1920 x 1080 p (30 fps) and 1280 x 720 p (30 fps) available. Calling it a camera “reduced to its essentials”, the Leica-T features a 3.7” TFT LCD touchscreen on the rear, internal storage of 16GB with support for SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and a minimum of control dials on the camera. In fact, the body itself is an aluminium unibody produced in Germany using a new manufacturing process, which only serves to enhance the premium feel.
While only the Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH, and the Lecia Summicron T 23mm f/2 ASPH (an equivalent of 35mm in full-frame format) will be available at launch, a new series of autofocus lenses for the Leica T-mount has been planned for launch over the next few years. With the Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH wide-angle zoom and the Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH telephoto zoom scheduled to appear for presentation at photokina 2014.
In keeping up with the current trend, the Leica-T features an integrated Wi-Fi module which allows direct transfer of images to a smartphone, tablet or computer, and easy photo sharing on social media is made possible via the free Leica T app for iOS (which also functions as a remote control) or the Browser Gallery on Android devices.
A comprehensive range of accessories for the Leica T-system has also been announced, including a high-resolution electronic viewfinder that comes with integrated GPS features, the new Leica SF 26 flash unit, the M-Adapter T which allows compatibility with M-mount lenses, and a variety of camera straps, protectors, leather holster and system bag.
The Leica T will be available at Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, Mandarin Gallery and ION Orchard as well as authorized Leica dealers from 26th of May 2014, and Leica is offering members of the public the opportunity to experience the new Leica T with a special one-day open house at the National Design Centre.From 10am-4pm on 30 April 2014, visitors will get a chance to try out the Leica T, and also view an exhibition of images from the new Leica camera system. Price to be announced.