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Leica’s luxurious $2300 T camera (Typ 701) reviewed
3.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $2300 body only; $2300 for the 18-56mm lens; $2600 for the 35mm lens;
Manufacturer: Leica

Good cameras aren’t cheap, and better cameras carry heavier price tags than good cameras, so what does a new Leica system aimed at the mirror-less market cost, and is it worth its weight in gold?

Features

There are plenty of mirror-less cameras out there, but how many have the German Leica stamp on them?

The answer to that isn’t many, but with the Leica T in the mix, one of the oldest camera companies is at least trying to change that, releasing its own mirror-less camera with some high-end internals, a body made of premium materials, and a desire to be touched.

Also called the Type 701, the Leica T fits in with Leica’s T system, hence the name, which his a new system designed for smaller lenses. As it’s a new system, there are only two lenses made for this system, with an 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 and a 35mm prime set to f/2.

The Leica T Type 701 relies on a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor developed by Sony (which is also used by Nikon, from what were understand), capable of shooting a sensitivity range from ISO 125 to 12500 in either JPEG or RAW (Adobe DNG), or a combination of both.

Video can also be shot on the Type 701, recorded at Full HD 1920×1080 or High Definition (HD) 1280×720, depending on what you choose.

Like many other cameras, the Leica T relies on SD cards to record images and video, but unlike other cameras, you’ll even find memory on the inside, with 16GB of storage built into the body.

Using the camera, you’ll find a 3.7 inch touchscreen reliant mostly on gestures, but there are a few buttons on the camera to take advantage of, with a power switch which can also flip the internal flash up, a video record button, and two control wheels along the back which will change aperture and shutter speeds if needed.

A hot-shoe mount is also included along the top, as is a tripod mount below and a battery compartment.

The body is made out of a block of aluminium, and in our review model, was silver, but you can find a black model, also.

Performance

Mirror-less shooters are everywhere these days. Panasonic and Olympus have them, as does Samsung, Sony, Nikon, and Canon.

Given that all the big players do them, it makes sense for a big camera brand with only a few digital interchangeable lens cameras to do one itself, and that must mean Leica.

Yes, one of the original camera brands is giving the world of the smaller interchangeable lens system a go with the Leica T, a new system developed for smaller bodies, taking an APS-C sensor and throwing into a body that will make you believe you’re carrying something premium, and marrying it with a 3.7 inch screen.