Interesting interview with Stefan Daniel

Megapixel had an interview with Stefan Daniel (Director Product Management at Leica Camera AG). Some of the interesting points:

  • Leica is in the process of creating a special order department to handle custom and limited edition versions.
  • In terms of announcing new products, Leica has "a strong focus on 2012".
  • On the size of the sensor in a potential Leica mirrorless camera: "Leica with an interchangeable lens should have at least an APS-sized sensor".
  • On the optical vs. digital viewfinder: "I think that the quality of the 1.4MP finders is already very good, and sometimes even more accurate than an optical finder, think of white balance or exposure. Over time, as technology is improving, optical finders will get less and less important. The X100 finder is a very nice concept and well executed".

  • On M rangefinder with video/CMOS sensor: "Offering additional functions such as video and live view would extend the usability of the M camera significantly. CMOS is a prerequisite for it, therefore it will be the technology of the future".
  • On M rangefinder with AF: "we are totally aware that we could aim at a much larger clientele with AF and are currently studying solutions".
  • Next S lenses: "a 30mm and then a 30-90mm zoom as well as a super wide angle 24mm in 2012".
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