Leica X-U Typ 113 waterproof and shockproof camera officially announced

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Today Leica announced a new X-U Typ 113 waterproof and shockproof camera (already in stock). The main features and specs are:

  • Waterproof up to 15 meter/49 feet
  • Shockproof to falls from 4' / 1.2m high
  • Dustproof to protect the internal components of the camera
  • Integrated UW protective glass filter
  • 35mm lens with manual focus ring (Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH)
  • 3.0" 920k-dot LCD screen
  • Built-in flash
  • 11 points AF system
  • Special mode for taking pictures underwater
  • Camera body made out of plastic core and aluminum covers
  • Rubber exterior
  • Made in Germany
  • Buil-in flash
  • Floating strap available as accessory
  • Adobe Lightroom included
  • UK price: £2,400 inc VAT
  • US price: $2,950 (currently in stock)

Pre-order links:

Sample photos from the Leica X-U can be found here:

Leica X-U Typ 113 camera sample photos

Detailed technical specifications, press release and additional pictures:

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Lens
Leica Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. (equals 35mm field of view in 35mm- format), 10 lens elements in 8 groups, 4 aspherical surfaces, UW protective glass
Autofocus
System Contrast-based
Distance settings range From 20 cm to infinity, automatic (autofocus) or manual distance setting, optional MF Assist function for distance settings
Metering function Single field, 11-field, spot, face recognition
Sensor
CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2
Resolution
Selectable for JPEG format: 16 MP - 4928 x 3264 pixels,12,2 MP- 4272 x 2856 pixels, 7 MP - 3264 x 2160 pixels, 3 MP- 2144 x 1424 pixels,1,8 MP - 1632 x 1080 pixels, DNG: 4944 x 3278 pixels
Video
Recording Format MP4
Resolution/ Image sequence rate Selectable, 1920 x 1080p, 30fps or 1280 x 720p, 30fps
Exposure control
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting
Exposure metering Multi-field, center weighted, spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing Three pictures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1/3 EV increments
ISO Range
Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500
White Balance
Automatic, daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings, manual color temperature setting
UW Mode
Accessible via separate button, adapts white balance and distortion correction to underwater conditions
Shutter Speed Range
30 s to 1⁄2000s
Image Series
3fps or 5fps, max. seven exposures at constant exposure frequency with DNG + JPEG Fine
Flash
Operating Modes Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, ON, ON/red eye reduction, long-term synchronization/red eye reduction, OFF
Flash exposure compensation ±3 EV to 1/3 EV increments
Flash operating range (for ISO 100/21°) approx. 0.3 –2.0 m, guide number: 5
Flash recharge time Approx. 5 s with fully charged battery
Monitor
3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 920,000 pixels
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multi-media cards
Self-Timer
Delay time either 2 or 12s
Operating conditions
Ambient temperature: 0° to 40 °C/32° to 104 °F (on land/underwater); max. humidity: 85 % (non-condensation)
Water/Dust Resistance
In compliance with JIS/IEC protection class 68 (IP68) (in accordance with Leica Camera AG testing conditions[1]), allows underwater photography in depths up to 15m / 49ft for max. 60 minutes
Impact Resistance
In compliance with MIL-STD 810G, method 516.5[2] (in accordance with Leica Camera AG testing conditions[1])
Power Supply
Lithium ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 3.7V, capacity 1600mAh (as per CIPA standard): approx. 450 exposures, charging time (after deep discharge): approx. 200 min., Model No. BP-DC8, manufacturer: PT SANYO Energy Batam, manufactured in Indonesia
Charger
Input: 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.2A, automatic switchover, output: 4.2V DC, 0.65A, Model No. BC-DC8, operating conditions: 0 - 35°C/32°-95°F Manufacturer: Phihong (Dongguan) Electronics Co.,Ltd, Made in China
Housing
Plastic core, aluminum upper and lower covers, flexible TPE reinforcement
Tripod Thread
A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
Dimensions
(WxHxD) Approx. 140 x 79 x 88mm / 5^33⁄64 x 3^1⁄8 x 3^15⁄32”
Weight
Approx. 600/635g / 21.16/22.4oz (without/with battery)

Introducing The First Outdoor & Underwater Camera From Leica: the Leica X-U (Typ 113)

The new shock-resistant, waterproof and dust resistant compact provides outstanding picture quality under even the harshest conditions

January 20, 2016 – Leica Camera today announced the newest addition to its range of cameras, the Leica X-U (Typ 113) – the first model designed specifically for extreme outdoor and underwater use. Incredible ruggedness and easy handling make this waterproof, shock-resistant, winterized and dust-sealed camera the ideal companion for every outdoor tour or expedition; great for action and underwater adventures, travel and landscape photography, even in full HD video.

Optimal picture quality with the Leica X-U is guaranteed by the same cutting-edge technology of all cameras in the Leica family. Combined with the high performance APS-C format CMOS sensor of 16.5 megapixels, its Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens ensures natural color reproduction with maximum detail and sharpness, while the camera’s fast maximum aperture of f/1.7 allows for selective focusing. With its rugged underwater protection filter, the fully waterproofed camera guarantees pictures with exceptional brightness and clarity under even the harshest conditions and at depths of up to 49 feet.

Although all settings and features can each be changed individually, the intuitive handling of the Leica X-U follows Leica’s philosophy of a focus on the essentials. The options for automatic functions and the high-resolution, 3-inch LCD monitor help photographers find the precise settings in seconds, to avoid missing a moment. For the underwater photographer, the underwater snapshot button makes it easy to capture an image at the press of a button, without having to search through a menu.

Made in Germany in collaboration with Audi Design, the stylish and minimal design of the Leica X-U ensures easy, intuitive handling and ultimate precision. The sleek, eye-catching camera features a top plate made from premium aluminium and an anti-slip TPE protective armor. Aluminium control dials show an attention to detail and an integrated flash above the lens provides exceptional picture quality when no natural light is available. Finally, the X-U’s non-slip body features a hardened protective cover for the monitor screen, with a failsafe double locking system for the battery compartment and memory card slot, to ensure total safety and control in all conditions.

When a single photo is not enough to capture the moment, the full HD video function of the Leica X-U makes it easy to capture moving pictures in high definition quality. The camera records video in a choice of 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second in MP4 video format, delivering high-quality results that perfectly capture any adventure or journey.

The Leica X-U (Typ 113), priced at $2,950 will be available by the end of January at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer.

Leica X-U (Typ 113) accessories:

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Additional information available on Leica's website.

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