Leica has introduced its first-ever rugged camera in Malaysia, the Leica X-U. What makes the X-U particularly interesting from other Leica cameras is its ruggedness: it is waterproof, shock-resistant, dust-sealed, and even freeze-resistant. This is one Leica you will not mind bringing to the beach, and it’s pretty affordable as well – for a Leica, that is.
Of course, the main selling point of the Leica X-U is its rugged features; it can be submerged underwater up to 15m for approximately 60 minutes, which opens up a lot of shooting possibilities. The X-U also has a best in class image performance – according to Leica – with a 16.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Other than that, this camera has a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm ASPH lens with a f1.7 aperture.
Rounding out the specifications of the Leica X-U are a 3-inch LCD display on the back, an aluminium shell with anti-slip material, a built-in flash right above the lens, as well as 1080p and 720p video recording at 30 frames per second. As the Leica X-U is designed with ruggedness in mind, the LCD display is protected with a hardened protective cover; the battery and memory card are also protected by a double locking system.
If you’re keen to get the Leica X-U, it is now available for purchase in Malaysia at RM14,600; considerably cheaper than other Leica cameras in the market, such as the RM30,300 Leica SL. The rugged camera can be purchased at the Leica Store in Avenue K.