I found this nice documentary about the origin and development of the Leica cameras, and the people behind it on YouTube yesterday. It is completely in German, but well worth it.
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].
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.
My prediction (wishful thinking);
- Smaller form factor M (P&S) style camera (Fuji X-Pro-like perhaps)
- Full frame sensor
- 256k ISO
- 120fps 4k Extreme HD video
- magical autofocus wizardy
- Price-range: €750 - €1000
I want one.... and that is based on the packaging alone.
The new features (live-view, better ISO, etc.) are also nice to have.