They always say that a fool and his money are soon parted, but you’d have to be a real clown to shell out nearly two grand for this ludicrous confection: a brightly painted Leica X camera that positively invites ridicule.
The Leica X Edition Moncler is a new special-edition model limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide and priced at a hefty £1,952 – nearly £500 more than the standard silver and black versions of the camera.
Finished in a gaudy leather trim of blue, white and red stripes, the look is designed to be an ‘omage to the French origins of posh clothing company Moncler, and there’s even a matching camera strap bearing the inscription Leica & Moncler to “highlight the collaboration between the two brands.”
That’s all nice and cosy but the end result is something that worsens both brand values: this just looks tacky and, frankly, cheap.
Now don’t get us wrong, this is a beautiful camera alright, with a stunning 23mm f1.7 lens and all that Leica magic that turns normally-sensible photographers into drooling bags of consumer lust, but no serious photographer is going to want to walk around with this candystick confection around their necks.
If you’re hell bent on seeing that Leica logo swinging around your neck, then get the plain Leica X camera – you can read a pretty positive review here – or go for something that’s faster, smaller and can produce pretty much identical results for a quarter of the price, the wonderful Ricoh GR.
Leica X (Typ 113) Specifications
|Pixels||Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
|File Formats||Still Images: DNG, JPEG
|Max Resolution||16.1MP: 4928 x 3264|
|Lens||Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. (35 mm equivalent. 35 mm), 10 elements in 8 groups, 2 aspheric lens elements|
|Aperture settings||1.7 to 16 (1/3-EV increments)|
|Focusing range||20 cm -infinity|
|AF focusing||1-point, 11-points, spot, face detection|
|Image sensor||APS-C CMOS image sensor with 16.5 MP (effective 16.2 MP)|
|Resolution||JPEG in 3:2 format: 4928 x 3264 pixels (16.1 MP), 4272 x 2856 pixels (12.2 MP), 3264 x 2160 pixels (7.1 MP),2144 x 1424 pixels (3.1 MP), 1632 x 1080 pixels (1.8 MP). DNG in 3:2 format: 4944 x 3278 pixels (16.2 MP).Video: 1080 pixels 30 fps, 720 pixels 30 fps|
|Image quality||JPEG super fine, JPEG fine, DNG + JPEG super fine, DNG + JPEG fine|
|Exposure modes||Automatic program (P), automatic aperture priority (A), manual setting (M)|
|Exposure compensation||Increments: 1/3 EV to 3 EV increments, 3 exposures|
|Automatic exposure bracketing||1/3 to 3 EV increments, 3 exposures|
|Metering modes||Smart multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, selective (spot) metering|
|White balance||Auto, halogen, daylight, flash, cloudy, shade, electronic flash, 2 manual settings, manual color temperature setting with fine tuning|
|Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500|
|Shutter speeds||30 s to 1/2000 s|
|Continuous shooting||3 fps or 5 fps, max. 7 consecutive exposures with constant shooting speed in DNG + JPEG fine quality|
|Film modes||Standard, dynamic, natural, b/w natural, b/w high contrast|
|Flash modes||Auto, flash exposure correction, red-eye correction, fill-in flash, slow sync, studio, 1st/2nd curtain sync|
|Hot shoe||Compatible with Leica flash units and Leica Visoflex|
|Monitor||3″-TFT LCD with 920,000 pixels, wide-angle field of view: 100 %|
|Review modes||16-thumbnails display, zoom review (16 x max.), image rotation, deletion protection|
|Storage media||Internal memory: none. Memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Interfaces||HDMI out, USB (USB 2.0 high speed)|
|Battery (rechargeable lithium-ion)||Capacity: approx. 350 exposures|
|Software||Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (free download option after camera registration)|
|Dimensions (L x H x D)||Approx. 133 x 73 x 78 mm (5.23 x 2.87 x 3.07″)|
|Weight||Without Battery: 451 g/15.9 oz
With Battery: 486 g /17.14 oz