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

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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.

  1. 1. Leica T (Type 701) at a glance:
  2. 2. Leica T (Type 701) review - Touchscreen operation
  3. 3. Leica T (Type 701) review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Leica T (Type 701) review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Leica T (Type 701) review - Metering
  6. 6. Leica T (Type 701) review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Leica T (Type 701) review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Leica T (Type 701) review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Leica T (Type 701) review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Leica T (Type 701) review - The competition
  11. 11. Leica T (Type 701) review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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