Posts filed under Leica Mini M

Leica Mini M is a Slow Leica X Vario Camera

The cat is out of the bag. Full specs are available now, and it is disappoining. Very disappointing (for the price). 

The Mini M is actually a Leica X with a fixed zoom lens. And not just any zoomlens. No, a slow zoomlens. No (hidden) M-Mount to play with.

I really wonder who (in their right mind) will pay €2,500 (or around $3,000 USD) for a camera with a fixed slow zoom lens. I mean, there a numerous other cameras with better specs for less money. The only thing you might miss is the 'Leica-look' of the photos. 

Specs that matter: 

  • 16 million pixel APS-C format sensor
  • ISO 100-12,500
  • Full HD (1080p) video
  • 18-46mm fixed zoomlens (28-70mm 35mm-equivallent) 
  • Aperture f/3.5@18mm - f/6.4@46mm

The rest doesn't matter does it? The last two bullets spoil it all.

Full specs are available @  the Leica website [pdf].

Posted on June 11, 2013 and filed under Leica Mini M, Photography.

Leica Mini M Specifications Leaked

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The website Mirrorlessrumors.com published more details about the upcoming Leica Mini M. The specifications were listed in french, but should give a good impression of what we might expect.

Leica Mini M Specifications

Leica Mini M Specifications

These specs are nice, but not for a $3000 USD price. There are numerous other camera's with similar (or better specs on paper) that are much cheaper. Especially the new zoom lens starting at a f/3.5 is kinda disappointing.

But what if this is not a fixed lens camera? What if it's actually a M-Mount camera with an 16MPix APS-C sensor. Why call it a Mini-M if is doesn't have an M-Mount?
The lens in the leaked photo could just be the start of a new family of Leica M-Mount lenses. Lenses with autofocus and zoom capabilities. All you would need is some electronic contacts in the mount.

If that's the case, the $3000 price-range is justifiable for more. I'd be interested in this camera. Especially if there gonna be some great (Mini-M) zoom lenses.

Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under Leica Mini M, Photography, Rumors.