Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rumor Only - Mini System Camera Based on Leica X-Vario?

Image Source: http://www.the.me/the-leica-mini-m-wont-be-full-frame-itll-be-an-x-vario-system-camera/
The Photography Daily THEME has posted that an anticipated compact, more reasonably priced Leica system camera (as compared to the M cameras) will be based on the APS-C sensor X-Vario design.
(Click Here) to read the post on THEME.
This could make some sense, as the X-Vario was touted (I think quite incorrectly) as the "Mini-M" when first announced. The X-Vario seems to be a fine camera, but an M it is not.
THEME also reports that the new system will retain the APS-C sensor size, rather than going to Micro 4/3. That's kind of a shame, as I'd love to see Leica move into Micro 4/3. On the other hand, they're already there through their collaboration with Panasonic, and the Leica-branded Micro 4/3 Panasonic lenses are wonderful. I have the 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit and the 25mm f1.4 Summilux; both are just plain excellent.
THEME also mentions that while the new system body is likely to be built in Germany in Leica's new plant, lenses may be sourced from Japan through the same collaboration with Panasonic.
More power to both companies! From my perspective, anything that keeps them working together to bring great new alternatives to photographers is a positive thing!