Leica registers Hybrid Instant camera with the FCC

Jun 20, 2023

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Leica registers Hybrid Instant camera with the FCC

Jun 20, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Leica has registered an interesting-looking camera with the FCC. It looks like Leica’s planning to take away a little market share from Fujifilm. The new registration is for the catchily-named N5A8262, a digital instant hybrid camera along similar lines to the Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO Hybrid camera (buy here).

The FCC application doesn’t show much, but it does show a surprising amount. As well as the usual WiFi and Bluetooth declarations, the camera’s labels are also included. This includes diagrams for where the labels will be placed that offer some idea of the camera’s construction and appearance.

Other than the images of the labels and the images showing the locations on the camera where they will reside, there isn’t a whole lot we can glean from the filing. FCC filings typically only cover things like wireless communication when it comes to cameras. That means WiFi, Bluetooth and perhaps any RFID capabilities.

I’m curious to see exactly what Leica is planning here. If Leica is bringing out an instant hybrid camera, it would be a curious direction for them to go. Are they targeting Fujifilm customers? Or are they going to create something unique and higher-end (which here, I think, is just code for “more expensive”) than the Instax cameras? Will they utilise existing Instax film? Is Leica going to produce its own original format media for this? Or is Leica just going to rebrand a Fuji camera?

I suppose only time will tell. Whatever’s about to happen, it’ll definitely be interesting.

You can read the complete FCC filing here.

[via Leica Rumors]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Leica registers Hybrid Instant camera with the FCC”

  1. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    🤔 wonder if it will take better pics than instax, quality wise

    1. Javier Cardona Avatar
      Javier Cardona

      Paul Menard maybe but with a tenfold price tag

  2. Photoman Ayu Avatar
    Photoman Ayu

    I still want the original sofort. Regret not buying it, it sold out so quickly at my local leica boutique.