Straight Shooter

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There’s no skirt­ing around the fact that Leica cam­eras are by na­ture of their ex­act­ing Ger­man en­gi­neer­ing, and sub­se­quently el­e­vated prices, very pre­cious ob­jects. But this new Leica is dif­fer­ent be­cause, un­like its var­i­ous sib­lings, it needn’t be mol­ly­cod­dled. De­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Audi De­sign, the rugged Leica X-U com­bines a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sen­sor with a fixed Leica Sum­milux 23mm lens and a fast f1.7 aper­ture within a body that can with­stand the most ex­treme con­di­tions by way of shock-proof­ing, water-proof­ing (up to 15-me­tres depths) and mega-seals that keep out sand, dust and other lens-dam­ag­ing par­ti­cles. It can even record HD video (up to 1080p at 30 frames per sec­ond). In short, the X-U is al­most all the cam­era you’ll ever need, in any cir­cum­stance and any en­vi­ron­ment. And the only rea­son we added the word ‘al­most’ is that it doesn’t record video in 4K. Of course, most peo­ple won’t give two hoots about that but if you do, we have been re­li­ably in­formed that Leica will be adding this fea­ture soon to a more ex­pen­sive ver­sion. Till then, this is as good as it gets.

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