Leica’s compact system camera has finally arrived, but how will Leica users feel about the 16.3-million-pixel Leica T (Type 701) and its radical design and handling? We put it to the test
Leica T (Type 701) review – The competition
The Leica T enters one of the most hard-fought areas of the compact system camera market, with the 24.3-million-pixel Sony NEX-7 currently one of the best-selling cameras. The NEX-7 is a few years old now, and can be found for just £650 with a kit zoom lens, making it good value. It shares similar dual control dials with the Leica T.
Those who were hoping for a full-frame compact system camera should look no further than the Sony Alpha 7, which is around £1,500 including a kit lens, and third-party mounts are available for Leica M lenses. However, if you were hoping for something more like a rangefinder, then the best option is the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with a 16 million-pixel X-Trans sensor and a hybrid optical and digital viewfinder. It costs around £900 with a 18mm f/2 pancake lens.