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

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:


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
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
CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2
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
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
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
3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 920,000 pixels
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multi-media cards
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
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
Plastic core, aluminum upper and lower covers, flexible TPE reinforcement
Tripod Thread
A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
(WxHxD) Approx. 140 x 79 x 88mm / 5^33⁄64 x 3^1⁄8 x 3^15⁄32”
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:


Additional information available on Leica's website.

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  • Ben Woodard

    Yea! This is going to be a camera I pick up for those really nasty situations. Right now the best that I’ve been able to come up with is a Olympus TG-4 which is pretty good and does a great job with macro but really struggles as soon as the light dims, tends to blow out color channels, and is unhandy to deal with when you need manual settings. This camera sounds like it will have what I need as a photographer in difficult situations.

    • R Leung

      Nikon 1 AW1?

      • kayaks

        AW1 is an improvement over the TG-series (I have only used the TG2 to be fair), but a lot of controls are still buried in the menus, it doesn’t have a aperture ring like this does, for example. The 1in sensor is good but the 16MP APS-C sensor that Leica uses will be a significant improvement (I use the Leica T and presume it is the same sensor). You can, however, change lenses on the AW1, so that is helpful.

      • Ben Woodard

        When I was first getting back into not photography my friend lent me a Nikon 1 J1. It took me a while to get used to a more sophisticated camera than a p&s but I amazingly quickly found the camera limiting and limited. The way that they automated things worked against me. Anything manual was hard to access and cumbersome and the camera seemed to be designed around spray shooting like shoot 20 frames and keep the 5 which are more in focus than the others. As Nikon has listened to consumers and improved the Nikon 1 line they have addressed some of these problems but the AW1 was forked off too early to have adopted many of these changes. After going through a GX1 which I liked but did not have the build quality I needed. (It fell apart after a bit more than a year.) and an E-M1 which I don’t like, I found Leica whose UI design works for me. I have the T and the M and they are both great in different ways. It is automated enough but the manual features are right there and well implemented. I haven’t touched it yet but I can see how to use it just by looking at the announcement pictures. So for 4x the price of an AW1 I can get something that works with me rather than against me.

        • I had an AW1 and right before I managed to lose it, I was noticing strong indications of water incursion into the body.

          As you say, the controls for anything but the simplest shooting are clunky, and the operation in general feels toylike.

          I’m impressed by the design of the Leica.

          But are there underwater shots?

          Leica Store Miami did a review with a few, but it seems really odd that the shots in the review are the only shots of underwater life I have seen with the camera, despite intense web and flickr searching.

          The review is fun but of course the reviewer is an employee of Leica Store Miami, so we might not expect impartiality :(.


          • Ben Woodard

            I haven’t gotten it yet. However, I will probably buy it at some point down the road when I need a good very rugged camera. So far the M and the T are standing up to my abuse.

            A photographer that I know Jody MacDonald did a bunch of work with the Leica X-U and she has a bunch of underwater shots with it. The thing that i’ve figured out working with Leica cameras is that they are meant to be shot raw and the resulting DNGs need a little. Generally I find that if I shoot underexposed by -1/3 or -2/3, sharpen to about 50, and add about 20 points of clarity, it looks pretty good. Because there is so little automatic in the Leica camera UI, it really is up to you as a photographer. When the photos don’t turn out, it is basically never the camera, it is your fault. I love that. That is based upon the T and the M. I really expect the X-U to be basically the same in that respect.

          • I checked out Jody’s work, and none of it seems to be underwater in the classic sense of shooting ocean life. I get it that the camera is half underwater and half above water but that doesn’t seem like an adequate underwater camera test from my viewpoint, since my main interest is undersea life.

            On the other hand, after reading her article, I have to admit the camera’s durability was well-tested!

            Well, if I buy the camera, I may be one of the first to shoot undersea life with it. I’ll bring back photos and post them here if you’d like :).

    • Did you wind up getting it?

      How is it?

      Got any underwater shots to share? 🙂

  • jaypea

    Setting aside the absurdly high price point, I applaud Leica
    for going back to their roots here: making an almost bomb proof camera for travel and photojournalism. Welcome back Leica!

    • kayaks

      Good point mate, I’d almost forgotten about Leicas!

  • Sagi Kortler

    image quality looks poor for the price tag.

  • SM

    OMG. Image quality looks horrible. Iso 1600 looks like a point shoot quality, https://www.flickr.com/photos/leicarumors/24205215760/in/album-72157663050377669/

  • where are the underwater shots?

  • 3foot1

    I get the sandstorm choices, but the train pictures are useless. Give us some color, some underwater, and even some black and white. Show the heritage, the legacy…

  • FountainHead

    I want to love this camera… where are the test shots that blow me away?

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