What’s next for Leica? (updated rumors recap)

Here is an updated list and a recap of expected/rumored Leica cameras and lenses (see the previous reports here):

Leica is rumored to introduce a new Q-E entry-level camera. The new Leica Q-E will basically be the current Q2 (just like with the M9 and M-E).

Leica SL3 is rumored to be announced in March 2024 with different megapixel resolutions. A silver Leica SL2 camera is rumored to be announced in June 2023 (limited to 1,000 units worldwide). Another special Leica SL2s camera is rumored to be released later this year.

Leica M interchangeable lens camera with built-in EVF (Leica RM?): “if there were sufficient demand, Leica would consider producing an M with EVF” (source). Don’t expect this model to be released until the next generation of M cameras (M12?). In 2024 Leica is planning a major release for the next generation of M cameras to coincide with 70 years of the platform. Three cameras are rumored to be released in a variety of finishes, including one that has never been used before. I don’t see anything major to be announced until next year (2024).

Rumored Leica lenses – more M lenses are expected to be announced in order to take full advantage of the new 60MP sensor:

  • The next APO lens will be a redesigned version of the current Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH, expect it to be released before the Summer of 2023.
  • Thanks to the success of their line of legacy lenses and the newly released Leica M6, the company is now considering new designs based on pre-M cameras but with M-mounts

Leica L-mount lens rumors:

For the Leica M 70th-anniversary in 2024, Leica is expected/rumored to release the next generation of Leica watches. A new Leica L3 watch with a mechanical alarm complication is a possibility.

Leica mirrorless medium format camera is scheduled for production in 2025 (see the first picture of the camera prototype here).

Is this a Leica S mirrorless medium format camera mock-up?

What’s next for Leica?

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