Leica owners often take better care of their camera than they would their own children, but the X-U doesn’t need babysitting.
X-U can handle all the punishment you can dish out. Shock-proof, winterized and dust-sealed, with a toughened rear display and battery/memory card compartment fitted with a failsafe double lock, it’s ready for the harshest of environments.
It’s also waterproof down to 15 meters, but you’ll probably want to pick up the optional floating strap to go with it, so the camera doesn’t end up on the ocean floor.
That heavy protection doesn’t detract from the trademark Leica looks, with an aluminum body shaped by Audi’s design house, chunky hand grip and a 3in LCD on the back instead of a traditional viewfinder.
Underneath all this rough and tough exterior, the X-U is practically identical to the Leica T. It’s got a 16.5MP APS-C sensor, paired with a super-fast f/1.7 lens. It’s not interchangeable, but the 35mm equivalent and fixed flash ring on the end of the lens should be well suited to all kinds of scenes and subjects.
It’ll shoot 1080p video at 30fps, but there’s no 4K.
It’s going on sale later this month for a whopping £2400.