Leica have been busy tweaking Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LF1 camera, re-cladding it in two new finishes and getting out the glue to stick on their iconic, price-hiking red badge.
The new ‘C’ has identical features to the LF1, so you can expect a 12MP 1/1.7″ CMOS, 200k dot electronic viewfinder and a 7.1x optical zoom. This covers a 35mm equivalent range of 28-200mm, with the aperture starting at an impressive f2.0 but closing down to a murky f5.9 at full zoom.
There’s also optical stabilisation onboard, a 3.0″, 920k dot display, and 1920 x 1080 pixels 50i Full HD Video Recording (in AVCHD and MP4 formats).
The Leica C is the company’s first camera to come with integrated Wi-Fi and NFC for remote control, and wireless transferring of images from the camera to a smartphone or tablet.
Finished in “light gold” (gold, ivory and black) and “dark red” (black with burgundy tones), the Leica C is priced at £550 / approx US$862 / approx AU$937, with availability starting in mid-September.
The camera comes bundled with a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and there’s a range of matching accessories, including a case, pouch and wrist strap also available.
If you can live without the Leica red dot and all those upmarket accessories, we recommend you save yourself a ton of cash and get the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 instead.