Leica Just Made the Most Expensive Rugged, Waterproof Camera of All Time

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Leica cameras have a reputation for their gorgeous optics and the kinds of prices only the Trump-set can afford. Their durability, however, has never been notable. If anything, Leica cameras are considered downright delicate compared to other cameras. The new Leica X-U might not change Leica’s reputation as a the purveyor of cameras for rich people, but you can drop it off the side of the boat and not lose all your pictures.

That’s pretty cool.

The X-U is cut from the same cloth as the more affordable Leica T—which means no viewfinder, a 3-inch LCD screen on the back, and a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor. Unlike the Leica T, the X-U features a fixed lens (a 23mm lens with a wicked fast f/1.7 aperture) and a rugged black exterior that’s sealed to make the camera dust resistant. It’s also winterized, so the camera can operate in temperatures more frigid than a Leica usually can, and it’s shockproof too. Leica also claims the X-U can survive a fall of up to 3.9 feet.

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Yet the big deal is the waterproofing. The Leica X-U can be submerged in water up to 49 feet without any damage to its very pricey internals. For $3000 you can finally have piece of mind when you take your Leica with you aboard your yacht. That’s pricier than a typical rugged camera strapped to a selfie stick or an action camera like the GoPro, but those devices don’t also feature the kinds of optics a Leica is capable of.

The Leica X-U will be available in Leica stores and on the company website later this month. And you can bet your behind that we’ll be dropping it into a bucket of water as soon as we can get our grubby mitts on it.

[Leica via The Verge]

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Hyperbole much? $3000 is NOTHING for a waterproof camera. Just the underwater housing for a Canon DSLR alone can run you upwards of $6000. It may be a bit high for amateur underwater gear, but $3000 really isn’t all that much in this segment.