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

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Leica T (Type 701) review – Autofocus

Unlike more recent compact system cameras that have either a hybrid or phase-detection AF system, the Leica T (Type 701) uses a contrast AF system, which is more conventional for a CSC. That is not to say the Leica’s AF is inferior. Contrast-detection AF can be more accurate than other methods, and overall I found that the Leica T confidentially found focus in good light. Although it wasn’t the fastest AF system I have seen on a compact system camera, it was fast enough to meet the demands of the photographers at whom the camera is aimed.

In low light, the AF of the Leica T struggled a little, although the AF illuminator on the front helped the camera to lock focus on subjects that were up to a few metres away. Selecting the AF point via the touchscreen was a real benefit and I found that it was the AF mode I regularly used. Face detection and multi-point AF modes are also available, as is manual focus.

  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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