Say what you will about Leica's ultra-niche marketing, stratospheric prices and romantic insistence on keeping 50-year-old product designs—their cameras have always been beautiful, and felt like tanks. In this respect, the M9 and X1 don't disappoint.
Last week's leak couldn't have been more on: Leica's officially announced the their full-frame followup to the retro-fabulous M8, as well as some chum for more mainstream users, in the form of the APS-C-sensored X1 compact, for new Leica recruits.
A supposed shot of Leica's M9—expected to be announced 9/9/09—complete with specs, was found on this Flickr page that's now locked, and it looks way interesting: a full-frame 18-megapixel CCD sensor. Oh, and what's this, the Leica X1?