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Image leaks show upcoming Leica M9 and X1 cameras

updated 10:50 pm EDT, Wed September 2, 2009

Leica to update M-series with 18.2 MP sensor?

Several image leaks allegedly show upcoming Leica cameras, the X1 and M9, according to Leica Rumors. Unconfirmed specs point to a full-frame 18.2 megapixel sensor on the M9, up from the current 10 megapixel component. The camera is also claimed to offer improved noise performance at high ISO settings, while adding an SD card slot and a free copy of Adobe Lightroom.

The X1 will reportedly integrate a 12 megapixel APSC sensor, paired with the company's Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens. Other features include manual exposure settings, auto-focus and built-in flash.

Both cameras have yet to be formally introduced. Leica has scheduled a webcast on September 9th to introduce its next-generation cameras, likely the M9, while the X1 announcement is expected in the next several months.







by MacNN Staff

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  1. alfredo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    drool worthy

    Will the X1 replace the D-Lux 4?

  1. Angelo78

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    No

    This new X1 is in a class above the D-Lux 4. This is to be the company's entry level digtal rangefinder style camera. Although from what I've read it's got a permanent 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit lens so I guess it's kind of like a digital Minilux. The D-Lux 4 is far more useful to the casual everyday photographer since it has a zoom lens, it's smaller in size and has ecellent image quality.

    Panasonic has introduced a more interesting camera compared to the X1, IMO. The GF1 is a compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a 4/3rds sensor. The price is estimated to be about $800 but hasn't been officially announced yet. It'll have a 20mm f/1.7 and a 45mm macro at it's release. On top of that there will be an adapter to use M-mount lenses. Now that's something I want.

    The X1 is going to be wonderful, I'm sure, but it seems to be a specialized camera. At least that's true from what I've heard. We'll have to wait until the 9th to truly find out.

  1. Angelo78

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    No

    This new X1 is in a class above the D-Lux 4. This is to be the company's entry level digtal rangefinder style camera. Although from what I've read it's got a permanent 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit lens so I guess it's kind of like a digital Minilux. The D-Lux 4 is far more useful to the casual everyday photographer since it has a zoom lens, it's smaller in size and has excellent image quality.

    Panasonic has introduced a more interesting camera compared to the X1, IMO. The GF1 is a compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a 4/3rds sensor. The price is estimated to be about $800 but hasn't been officially announced yet. It'll have a 20mm f/1.7 and a 45mm macro at it's release. On top of that there will be an adapter to use M-mount lenses. Now that's something I want.

    The X1 is going to be wonderful, I'm sure, but it seems to be a specialized camera. At least that's true from what I've heard. We'll have to wait until the 9th to truly find out.

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