Welcome back to the world of Leica. The German optics and cameras manufacturer has presented Leica X-U, their first rugged underwater camera.
One thing we have to admit about Leica is the fact that their lenses are the best. Walking with this in mind, we can understand why having a camera this performant and so resilient is a great thing. As many other adventure oriented cameras, the X-U is fully waterproof, shock-resistant, adaptable to freezing conditions and forever dust free. You can submerge it into depths of maximum 49 feet, giving you plenty of options in that field. The frame is built from aluminum and anti-slip material. Screen? A protective cover over it is telling you everything is safe, while a fail-safe double locking system keeps away from harm both the battery and the memory card.
Design wise, it’s a duo with Audi Deisgn, conceptualized to be minmalist yet stylish enough, which to me, it is. The buttons are made of metal too, while the flash is easily traceable above the lens, built-in and ready to go. On the overall, I like the aspect of the camera, it seems stable, strong and pretty reliable.
Talking about specs and functions, we have a very promising 16.5-megapiel APS-C sensor available with the lens being a Leica’s very own bright Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. We should add the 1080p and 720p video formats at 30fps in MP4, thus shedding a light on how strong and adapted this beauty is. But it’s the underwater snapshot button function that gives edge to the model. Very good pictures and instants can be attained by simply pressing the shutter button, making it easy and consistent. You can forget about the frustration coming from the time wasted inside menus and user-unfriendly GUI. The 3-inch LCD screen found on the back of the camera help you make little corrections for the materials you immortalize. It’s big enough if you want a quick analysis for the photographs made. This camera is a fortress of your imagination, everything is covered and safe, just take it with you in the wild to get the best out of it.