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 – 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.