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 – 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.