This is the new Leica X-U Typ 113 waterproof and shockproof camera

Some of LR readers were correct - the U in the Leica X-U Typ 113 model is for "underwater". Here are some additional information and technical specifications of the first Leica X waterproof and shockproof camera:

  • Waterproof to 15m / 49ft
  • Shockproof up to 1.22m / 4ft drop
  • 35mm f/1.7 ASPH lens with manual focusing ring
  • Built-in flash
  • Anti skidding rubber armoring for better grip
  • Made in Germany

I believe the official announcement will be before the end of the year.

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  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    At last, somebody was clever enough to come up with an APS-C compact with a fast 35mm equivalent lens that won’t suffer from dust in the sensor. Just hope it won’t suffer from shutter oil splash. Here’s looking at you Ricoh, Nikon, Fuji, Leica too, you should know better and have your lenses well sealed to prevent this problem, since you all are charging big buck$ for your compacts.

    • FountainHead

      Do we know this is APS-C?

      • I am 99% sure it’s APS-C.

      • MdB

        23mm f/1.7… I’d say it’s a given. Plus all X series are APS-C.

  • sickheadache

    And Leica is throwing in “Ugly” Free.

    • FountainHead

      Free? Leica?
      You need to lie down.

  • Licheus

    Great features if we ignore its you-know-how-much price and the somewhat eccentric design.

    Still, since it’s based on the X Type 113, it’s gonna be quite a fat camera close to the size of a M. Not really “compact” I suppose.

    • MdB

      Looks smaller than the X (113)

    • Les

      You wouldn’t want a smaller camera for scuba diving.

      • Simon

        With a rating of 15 m, you wouldn’t want to use this for scuba diving. Snorkelling, beach and pool would be its limit.

        • I think this is their target audience, this is not a pro-level underwater gear. Still interesting and unique – I am not aware of another waterproof APS-C based camera.

  • storm17

    Whoa. If the price is right…

    • FountainHead

      Is the price ever right?
      It’s not quite right with the Q. It’s not quite right with the Typ 262. Both of those are off by $500-$1000.
      Given that the current X is $2300, also too high, is there any hope at all this one comes in under $3K?

      • Ruhayat X

        I feel 5k for the M262 is all right. It’s close to the price I paid for my film MP (4.6k), which did not have costs for electronics. Of course I’d rather we go back to the old premium price point of 3.5k, which was what my M8 cost me new (and where the M7 originally retailed at), but then times have moved on. 5k for a digital M is a reasonable bargain.

        To me the right price for the Q should be 3.5k, while the X113 is just right (the price at which I bought my Digilux 2, a superb camera that I’d still be using if the battery hasn’t conked out). Hopefully the XU comes in just below 3k.

        I gladly paid higher for a VW than I would for a Seat, which is basically based on the same platform, so I’m not complaining.

  • Simon Stucki

    that really is what I was hoping for (or rather dreaming about) for a long time, probably too expensive being leica, but maybe other manufacturers will follow with some other 35mm focal lenght equivalent robust cameras. I really want a camera that I can take almost everywhere and this would be perfect. but I wonder wehter it is ugly enough to not be attractive to thieves even though it is leica.

  • DouglasGottlieb

    This could be a rain, sleet and snow street camera with super simple controls that should work even with mittens on. Unlikely to have a tilt screen or any way to add an OVF, but that would make it perfect.

  • Luis Paris

    I am curious about Leica’s thought process to bring this camera to market… A water-proof/shock-proof market is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a compact Leica camera.

    If I had to prioritize the projects within Leica’s development team, I would schedule first an X model with a built-in EVF, or perhaps one with the same touch screen and menu system as the T model.

    Notice that I am not complaining about the X-U, I just think they had other more relevant and appealing projects… My two cents…

    • FountainHead

      Fair comment.

      But I applaud Leica for doing something different.

      • I agree. There are also many other use for this camera besides underwater: pools, water parks, rafting, skiing etc.

    • MJr

      The X model with built in EVF is their Leica Q really.

  • Wolf Noleppa

    I don’t understand, why 15 meter only. If they do it for 40 meters then a lot of divers will buy it, so it is a solution for nothing at all. Keep my Nikon 1 AW then.

  • Martin Czarnecki

    A ring flash would be nice an would look better.

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