The new Leica T 701 camera may be available for sale to the public on May 26, 2014 at a price of $1,850 only for the body. As it uses interchangeable lenses, you have a choice between the 23mm f/2.0 prime, priced at $1,950 or the 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom at $1,750. The most affordable accessory is the M-Mount adapter at around $400 and the electronic viewfinder at $600.
Featuring a 16.5 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS Sensor, built-in Wi-Fi, Leica T lens mount, 16 GB Built-in memory and 3.7-inch touch screen it sounds more like a description of a high-end smart phone or tablet, however there is much more.
- Leica T Lens Mount
- 16.5 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Bundled with Adobe Photoshop Light room
- 400 shots battery life
- Flash hot-shoe
- 16GB memory
- ISO 100 – ISO 12500
- 5 fps continuous shooting
- Built-in pop-up flash
- Built in Wi-Fi
- Full HD, 30 fps video recording
- Stereo sound
- 3.7 inch, 854 x 480 resolution touch screen
Included in the camera is the Leica T app for use with IOS devices, with the ability to download, view as well as share images using Wi-Fi to social network websites.
Control Panel Options
The options on the control panels allow you to edit it in order to have your favorite settings within easy reach. Without a playback button, access to playback is made by swiping your finger from the top of the screen downwards. If you wish to remove items from the control panel, hold your finger on the touch-screen and drag the item to the icon indicating your rubbish bin. If you want to add items to your control panel, go to your set-up screen and simply drag the item to your home screen. It works in a very similar fashion as Android smart phones in this regard.
Leica T 701 Specifications
- CCD Pixels: 16.5 MP
- Pixels: 4928 by 3264
- Sensor Size APS-C
- Sensor Size height: 15.7 mm
- Sensor Size width: 23.6 mm
- Aspect Ratio: 3:2
- LCD Monitor: 3.7-inches
- Touch Screen: Yes
- Focusing Modes: Touch AF, Centre, Multi, Face Detection, Spot, Manual, Autofocus
- Shutter Speeds longest: 30 sec
- Shutter Speeds shortest: 1/4000 seconds
- EXP Modes: Scene, Program Variable, Manual, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority
- Movie Mode
- Stereo Sound
- Optical Zoom with Video
- USB 2 Interface
- File Type: RAW + JPG, JPG, RAW
- Card Type: SDXC, SDHC, SD
- Battery: Lithium-Ion
- Dimensions: Depth – 33 mm, Height – 69 mm, Width – 134 mm
- Weight: 384 g
The Leica T 701 is available only in silver for its first releases, but in July 2014, you will have another option in color, Black. Holding it, it has a solid, quality feel to it, without being heavy with the aluminum body and only one plastic bit. The SD Card/USB port door is the plastic part on the camera.
Does it have A Downside?
It is difficult to find anything wrong with the camera; however, some users may find the lack of real buttons intimidating. However, there are more touch-screen devices than ever before, and it is not the first camera without buttons either. On the other hand, the lack of buttons allows you to configure the camera absolutely to the way you want it. You can make it simple if you are a beginner and professionals have the advantages of a fully featured device. There is a control dial for exposure on the top right corner, which is for your thumb, and it appears to lack proper grip there.
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