If someone would ask me what digital camera brand is the most different from all the others, I would definitely answer Leica. A couple of weeks ago I bought my first Leica rangefinder, after using virtually every other camera brand on the market. I went for the cheapest one available, the Leica M8. In this article, I have written down my notes on what the biggest differences are from other digital cameras I have used over the years.
French company PIXII SAS first announced their new PIXII camera almost two years ago (literally just a couple of weeks shy), and then it was radio silence until July of this year when it finally went on sale. It’s a Leica M mount digital rangefinder, but with a twist. It looks a lot like the Leica M10-D, but without a memory card slot.
The PIXII features an 11.1-megapixel sensor, comes with either 4GB or 8GB internal memory, has an APS-C global shutter (!) CMOS sensor and no LCD. Oh, and it costs over $3,000. Photographer Sam Hurd bought one and posted up a review with some sample photos. The opener doesn’t sound promising, but keep watching.
Leica has just announced a new digital rangefinder camera. It’s a new and improved version of the Leica M10-R, featuring a 40 MP full-frame color sensor and increased low-light capabilities. Let’s dive in and see what the new camera offers and what you get for the money.
It’s been a minute since we heard about Pixii, huh? It’s been right around 18 months, actually, but now the Leica M mount rangefinder that sounds suspiciously like the Leica M10-D (but without a memory card) has finally given us an update. It’s now for sale with either 4GB or 8GB internal memory, and it starts at around $3,000.
It features an 11.1-megapixel APS-C electronic global shutter CMOS sensor and yes, 4GB and even 8GB don’t sound like a lot of storage, but the whole point of this thing is not to store pictures on your camera but to send them straight to your phone where you can edit and share them instantly. And at 11.1-megapixels, how quickly are you even going to fill 4GB, really?
With all the hype over the Leica/Sigma/Panasonic L mount alliance, it’s easy to forget about the Leica M mount. But not everybody’s forgotten about it. French startup PIXII SAS has announced their new Pixii camera. It’s a new digital rangefinder camera, based around the Leica M mount, and the specs have been released.
The Leica M10 is, without doubt, a rather wonderful little camera. I’ll never own a Leica, because I simply can’t justify spending the kind of money that Leica commands. Especially on something I don’t really need. But it is interesting to see how the company and its cameras develop over time.
Equally as fascinating, if not more so, is seeing how these and other cameras are constructed. This morning, I head the pleasure of watching this short film over my first coffee of the day. An enchanting look inside the factory where the Leica M10 is hand built from its various base components.
If you’ve been waiting to see what Leica has up its sleeve, the wait is over. New images and details have leaked showing off the yet-to-be-announced Leica M-D Typ 262, a digital rangefinder that lacks an LCD display on the rear of the camera.[Read More…]