If you have not yet heard of the brand Leica, it is probably because they make uber expensive cameras. For any photography enthusiast it is a dream to shoot underwater with their DSLR but sadly the underwater housing itself costs atleast as much as the camera itself. In comes Leica’s new camera, called the Leica X-U. The Leica X-U is a 3000$ fixed lens, dust and water proof camera which is designed to take pictures inside water upto a depth of 50 feet.
The Leica X-U is a shock-resistant, weather-sealed camera which is also resistant to dust. The camera gives impressively sharp and vivid pictures, as reported by Wired.com.
This camera is launched with an on-board flash mounted at right at the top-front edge above the lens barrel. It also has a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor paired with a fixed focal length (23mm) lens. As this camera has an APS-C sensor (Also called a Crop sensor) with a crop factor of 1.5x, the 23mm lens would work like the 35mm lens. One of the most impressive features of this camera is that it comes with a wide aperture of f/1.7 which would enable the user to shoot great pics in low light conditions (which are mostly encountered under water). The Leica would also seem to perform well in low DOF shots thanks to its wide aperture.
On the video front, the newly launched camera is capable of shooting video in 1080p at 30fps. The high grade aluminum chassis of the camera is protected with a no-slip thermoplastic rubber. Plus, its 3 inch LCD monitor can be protected by a hard cover while you’re shooting underwater.
The camera will be available for buyers at Leica stores and dealers by the end of this month as per the report.