Camera manufacturer Leica has unveiled the companies very first rugged waterproof camera in the form of the Leica X-U, which is now available to purchase priced from $2,950.
The camera has been designed in collaboration with Audi Design and features a 16.5 megapixel APS-C sensor and a fixed f/1.7 23mm lens and a body that is finished with an anti-slip thermoplastic elastomer coating
The Leica X-U camera is waterproof down to a depth of 49 feet and is also rugged enough to withstand shocks and is also sealed to repel dust or sand impregnation. Leica explains more :
In pouring rain, tropical heat or a blizzard – the extreme ruggedness of the Leica X-U makes it the perfect companion on any outdoor project or journey. As a shockproof, dust and water sealed expedition camera, the Leica X-U defies the elements with confidence and ease. Its minimised and intuitive handling guarantees you ultimate creative freedom and the ability to react in a flash as opportunities arise. The rugged Leica X-U, its extra large sensor and a first-class lens, delivers pin-sharp and breathtakingly brilliant pictures under even the toughest conditions. Adventure photography starts here!
Leica X-U specifications include :
Lens: 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
Sensor : CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2
For the full Leica X-U specifications as well as a full list of retailers stocking the new Leica waterproof camera jump over to the official Leica website via the link below.