Quick Leica T camera hands-on preview

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Leica T camera with M adapter
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Last week I had a chance to play with the new Leica T at the Leica Store in Palm Beach. Here is my quick hands-on preview (for more in-depth reviews, check my previous Leica T coverage). Keep in mind that this was a prototype camera and the firmware was probably not final (click on images for larger view ):

The Leica T has only two camera controls, an on/off button, video record button and a shutter release, everything else is touchscreen (I guess this was the surprise I mentioned before the announcement):

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The flash is triggered by selecting the third position of the on/off button and it actually stands pretty high up:

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The Leica T looks bigger than the press images online. The grip was very smooth and it felt comfortable in my hands:

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Here is a size comparison with my Leica MP camera and the Ur-Leica:

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And another size comparison - the new Leica T vs. the Sony RX1:

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Size comparison between T and M lenses:

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The new Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 T lens is pretty big compared to the camera's body (manual focus is by wire):

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Leica will announce two new T lenses - 11-23mm and 55-135m (most likely at Photokina):

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As we all know by now, the Leia T camera body is made out of a single piece of aluminum:

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The battery pops out directly upon releasing the lever - there is no cover:

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The EVF did feel plasticky (made in Indonesia):

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As previously reported, the camera's body is made in Germany and the lenses are made in Japan (either by Panasonic or Sigma):

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Leica introduced a new strap attachment with the T camera - you attach the strap by just pushing the pin until it locks. The strap can be removed/released with a pin:

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The back LCD is touchscreen and it was pretty easy to navigate, change settings and customize it  - it works similar to a smart phone:

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The new Leica M-T adapter:

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The EXIF data does contain the information of the M lens but without the actual focal length (this will probably be fixed for the final release):

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Under the hood the Leica T camera has only a SD memory card slot and USB connection:

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Few random sample images are available on flickr and include few high-ISO samples (JPGs straight out of the camera):

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