Leica has started to invite the media to a specialized event to be held in Berlin on April 24. All rumors suggest that a new mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens, unofficially known among fans as the Leica T (Typ 701). It is believed that the camera will have an APS-C sensor.
Other than that, this Leica T would be manufactured by Panasonic, strengthening relations between the two companies that have already launched several cameras together. This information comes from the guys at the website The.me, who claim to have had access to the EXIF data of a photo taken with the new camera.
It has been said that it will be an evolution of the Leica X Vario, a compact camera with an APS-C sensor that Leica announced in June last year and participated in the design and Panasonic. The big difference is that the new camera will have interchangeable lenses.
The Vario X has a 16.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, an 18-46 mm lens with an aperture between f/3.5 and f/6.4 , 3-inch LCD screen, HDMI ports and the ability to connect an additional electronic viewfinder. It can record HD videos at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 frames per second.
It is not yet confirmed, but there is talk of a fixed 56mm lens (therefore equivalent to about 84 mm in the 35 mm format). In theory, Leica will manufacture the fixed focal lenses while Panasonic will make the zoom lenses. In any case, both the camera and the zooms will probably show a “Made in Germany” message.
Why has Leica not opted for a full-frame sensor camera, like Sony did with the α7 and α7r? Probably because that would make it difficult to keep a compact size. The guys at The.me doubt that the camera will come with a standard electronic viewfinder and will have viewfinders manufactured by another company and sold under the Leica brand.
It’s expected to cost between 3000 and 4000 USD. By comparison, the Leica X Vario went on sale for $ 2850 originally. Unless more information leaks, we will have to wait until April 24 for more news.