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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£1,350.00
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Leica T (Type 701) review – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

Those photographers who were hoping for the Leica T to be more akin to a micro version of a Leica M-series rangefinder will no doubt be disappointed by the lack of optical viewfinder. An electronic viewfinder is available in the form of the Leica T Visoflex, which will cost around £400. I didn’t have the chance to use the Visoflex during our test of the camera, but look out for a review of it in a future issue.

The 3.7in touchscreen looks excellent. With a 1.3-million-dot resolution, images look detailed and vibrant, and the screen displays a good level of contrast. The screen is similar in size, design and finish to that of an Apple iPhone 4. It is also bright enough to be used easily on a summer’s day.

As a camera designed for photographers, video is something of an afterthought on the Leica T. Full 1920×1080-pixel resolution can be captured at 30fps, but there is no external mic port. However, the accessory shoe on top of the camera has numerous connections, so while a microphone accessory isn’t currently available, it may be in the future.

  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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