Leica has unveiled the latest addition to its digital compact camera lineup, the Leica X Vario. Made in Germany, the X Vario features a high-performance 16.5-megapixel (effective 16.1), APS-C format, CMOS image sensor, a zoom lens covering a range of 28-70 mm (35 mm equivalent), and Full-HD video recording.
The company says the Leica Vario Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH lens “sets completely new standards for imaging quality in the compact segment.” Leica says the new camera is the world’s first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens.
The 1080p Full HD video recording function records at a frame rate of 30 full frames per second. The video data can be saved in MP4 format and uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices without any need for conversion. An integrated wind-noise filter reduces undesirable noise.
The top plate is machined from solid aluminium in the same process used for the Leica M.
The user-friendly menu delivers access to automatic and manual setting options. The dials on the top plate provide grip when setting the shutter speed and aperture, and the camera sports a 3-inch monitor.
Maximum sensitivity is ISO 12,500; shutter speed range is 30 sec to 1/2000 sec; there’s built-in flash and a hot shoe; and weight with battery is 680 g.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows is also included.
There are no details on its availability.