Le­ica So­fort

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IT COSTS DOU­BLE WHAT THE FU­JI­FILM DOES, BUT IS IT WORTH THE EX­TRA OUT­LAY? $399, LE­ICA-STORE.COM.AU

DE­SIGN

The Ger­man-de­signed So­fort is box­ier than the Fu­ji­film – de­liv­er­ing hard, square edges where the Fu­ji­film has curves. While the leather-ef­fect trim and fa­mous red logo are ob­vi­ous draws, the Le­ica feels more func­tional.

FEA­TURES

With a built-in bulb, fo­cus set­tings ad­justed via a lens wheel, and an LCD win­dow dis­play­ing shooting modes, the So­fort brings the es­sen­tials. Money-sav­ing tip: it takes the same In­stax film as the Fu­ji­film, though Le­ica mar­kets its own brand.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The Le­ica is in­stantly re­spon­sive upon power-up, its re­tractable lens ex­tend­ing to full length. Squeeze the shut­ter-re­lease but­ton and you’re im­me­di­ately greeted with a fa­mil­iar whirr as the cam­era ejects your in­stant-film frame. Bingo!

US­ABIL­ITY

A clean lay­out and min­i­mal con­trols en­sure in­tu­itive op­er­a­tion. Im­ages are com­posed via a tiny op­ti­cal viewfinder. Shooting op­tions for close-ups, self­ies, sports and a self timer are se­lected via five rear-plate mode but­tons. RATES If you’ve ever felt that in­stant cam­eras are a tad cheesy, this Le­ica will make you re­con­sider. SLATES The minis­cule viewfinder is eye-strain­ing, while the bat­tery cover feels loose and flimsy.

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