Leica Debuts First Waterproof Camera

By Greg Scoblete

Few Leica owners in possession of their faculties would dare plunge their cameras under water absent a very good housing. With the new Leica X-U, you can throw caution to the wind and take your premium German compact just about anywhere.

The X-U is Leica's first waterproof and durable compact. It features a 16-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor housed in a water proof, dust proof and shock proof body. It can dive up to 49 feet underwater for up to 60 minutes and survive a drop from up to 4 feet. 

It features a built-in Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH lens with a 35mm equivalent field of view. Like most waterproof cameras, the X-U has an underwater shooting mode to correct color shifts but unlike many waterproof models, this mode has its own shutter button to instantly shoot an image with the mode activated. 

Additional features include:

* 3-inch display

* manual focus ring on the lens

* built-in flash

* RAW image capture (DNG format)

* 1080p HD video at up to 30 fps

* continuous shooting at up to 5 fps

* ISO sensitivity to 12,500

The X-U is due later this month and will retail for $2,950

Sample images produced by Leica and more product shots below.

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