Leica X-U Camera is Rugged; Can Survive Dust, Weather and Water

January 25, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Water-resistance was never really the taste of Leica; but only until now. The German photographic company is now up with its latest rugged cam called the X-U.

Coming in the traditional Leica outfit, the X-U packs a sublime build quality that keeps it void of threat from dust, weather, water and shocks.

The design packs a toughened monitor screen cover which keeps the 3-inch display protected from drops and shatters.


The manufacturer claims the device to be running fine even if having it submerged 49 feet underwater, for which they have introduced a new ‘underwater snapshot button’ in it. There’s also a double-locking system that protects the essentials like battery and memory card from getting waterlogged.

It can also be used in chilly conditions, as well as in high temperature cases like in deserts. Overall, it’s the most rugged camera so far from Leica, and can even be put above some of the rugged rigs from the rivals.

The Leica X-U features a 16.5 megapixel APS-C sensor that gets packed beneath the Leica Summilux 23mm lens. The latter is not interchangeable, and gets an aperture rating of f 1.7.

The device also lacks a viewfinder in it. It also provides a decent video capturing ability, but there’s no slow-mo feature. Full HD videos can be recorded at 30fps with the help of this ‘Use-Anywhere’ camera from Leica.

The Leica X-U comes at price of $2950, and will be made available on Leica stores by the last week of January.

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