Leica launches a new underwater camera

Want a Leica camera you can actually take underwater? Introducing the new waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof X-U

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Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof – that's the all-new Leica X-U

This one’s for all you scuba diving, underwater photography-obsessed Leica fans out there: the brand has introduced a shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof model – the all-new Leica X-U (Typ 113).

This tough little gadget can be brought down to a maximum depth of 15 metres and is able to resist falls of up to 1.22 metres (excellent news for butterfingers bumbling around on boats). Other features include a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor and a 23mm F1.7 Summilux lens – which, by the way, has an integrated flash housing right at the top. The camera can also record HD video (1080p at 30 frames per second) and, if you’re new to the game, it has an ‘underwater mode’ which adjusts the white balance accordingly.

Leica collaborated with Audi’s design team to come up with the look of the X-U – dials in high-grade anodised aluminium and a body that boasts a layer of an anti-slip thermoplastic elastomer material. A double locking system is in place to protect the battery and memory card slots so don’t worry about destroying and losing your precious underwater photos.

With all that being said, there are definitely some things to keep in mind. Firstly, there is no viewfinder so you’ll have to rely on the rear LCD screen to frame your shots. Secondly, the X-U costs just under USD3,000. If you really think about it, that kind of money can pretty much get you a point-and-shoot camera and a proper underwater housing. So yes, if you’re a hardcore Leica fan and want something that can keep up with you and your rough and tough adventures, then this is the camera you’re been waiting for.

The Leica X-U (Typ 113) will be available in stores come end January 2016. For more info, visit Leica’s official website.

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Co-founder and editor of GoodVis, Sam has been obsessed with scuba diving since 2011. When she’s not doing research on lesser-known dive destinations, ogling at new scuba gear, or taking pictures of fish underwater, she’s either writing or stuffing her face with awesome food (or doing both simultaneously).