Photokina is the launchpad for a new Leica X-series digital compact, featuring a 23mm f/1.7 lens.

The new Leica X also carries a new 16.2-million-pixel imaging sensor and Full HD video.

The lens should deliver the equivalent of a 35mm lens in 35mm viewing angle terms.

The closest focusing distance is 0.2m.

The Leica X costs £1,550 and is available in black and silver colour options.

Take a look at our hands-on image gallery for the Leica X

LEICA X (Type 113) spec, as supplied by Leica UK

Lens: Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. Ten elements in eight groups Two aspherical lens elements

Focal length: 23 mm (equivalent to 35 mm in 35 mm format) Apertures: 1.7 to 16 (1/3 EV increments) Focusing range: 20 cm to infinity

Focusing options: One-point, 11-point, spot, face detection

Image sensor: APS-C CMOS image sensor with 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels) Resolution: JPEG in 3:2 format: 4928 × 3264 pixels (16.1 megapixels), 4272 × 2856 pixels (12.2 megapixels), 3264 × 2160 pixels (7.1 megapixels), 2144 × 1424 pixels (3.1 megapixels), 1632 × 1080 pixels (1.8 megapixels) DNG in 3:2 format: 4944 × 3278 pixels (16.2 megapixels) Video: 1080p, 30 fps 720p, 30 fps Image quality: JPEG super fine, JPEG fine, DNG and JPEG super fine, DNG and JPEG fine

Exposure control Exposure modes: Automatic programme (P), automatic aperture priority (A), manual setting (M) Exposure compensation: Increments: 1/3 EV steps, range: ±3 EV Automatic exposure bracketing: 1/3 to 3 EV increments, three exposures

Metering modes: Smart multi-segment metering, centre-weighted metering, spot metering White balance: Auto, halogen, daylight, flash, cloudy, shade, electronic flash, two manual settings, manual colour temperature setting with fine tuning

Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500

Shutter speeds: 30 s to 1/2000 s Continuous shooting: 3 fps or 5 fps, max. seven consecutive exposures with constant shooting speed in DNG- and JPEG-fine quality Film modes: Standard, dynamic, natural, b/w natural, b/w high contrast

Flash Modes: Auto, flash exposure correction, red-eye correction, fill-in flash, slow sync, studio, first/second curtain sync Hot shoe: Compatible with Leica flash units and accessory finders

Monitor: 3″ TFT LCD with 920,000 pixels, wide viewing angle: 100% Review modes: 16-thumbnail display, zoom review (16× max.), image rotation, deletion protection

Storage media Internal memory: None Memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC Interfaces: HDMI out, USB (USB 2.0 high speed)

Battery (rechargeable lithium-ion): Capacity: approx. 350 exposures Dimensions (W × H × D): Approx. 133 × 73 × 78 mm

Weight: Approx. 451/486 g (without/with battery)

Package includes: Battery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BC-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® (free download option after product registration)