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LEICA T typ 701
16 MP APS-C Mirrorless (2014-)
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LEICA M typ. 701

LEICA T typ 701 in silver (13.5 oz./384 g with battery, $1,850) mit LEICA SUMMICRON-T 23mm f/2 ASPH. enlarge. It also comes in black, $1,850.

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LEICA M typ. 701

Rear, LEICA T typ 701 in silver. enlarge.

Also New:

LEICA SUMMICRON-T 23mm f/2 ASPH: $1,950.

LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-T 18-56/F3.5-5.6 ASPH: $1,750.


LEICA VISOFLEX electronic finder: $595.

24 April 2014   LEICA Reviews   LEICA Lenses    All Reviews


LEICA M typ. 701

Rear, LEICA T typ 701 in silver. enlarge.


LEICA M typ. 701

Rear, LEICA T typ 701 in silver. enlarge.


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The LEICA Model T typ 701 is an APS-C mirrorless camera.

Audi helped style it. It's crafted from a block of billet aluminum, like a MacBook Pro. It offers a touch screen instead of buttons.

It's got Wi-Fi and an app so you can get the photos into your phone. It includes free Lightroom software.

It's also got accessory bags and cases for it in yellow, orange-red, black and white. These use an " Easy-Click" system; note the disappearing lugs.

The Model T has no viewfinder, although there is supposedly an outboard VISOFLEX EVF. The separate EVF has a GPS and tilts and swivels.

Two new lenses also are announced:LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-T 18-56/F3.5-5.6 ASPH and theLEICA SUMMICRON-T 23mm f/2 ASPH, and the publicity photos show an 11-23mm and a 55-135mm as well.

It has 16GB of internam memory, meaning that careful shooters like me won't need a card. If we're lucky, maybe we can record to both for backup. That would be cool.

LEICA claims that the T is their fourth system, but I see it as their fifth system, not including products of their Panasonic relationship like the D-Lux.

These systems are:

LEICA (1924, LEICA mount)

LEICA M (1954, LEICA M mount)

LEICA R (dead 35mm SLR system, R mount)

LEICA S (2000s, slightly larger than 35mm format digital SLR, S mount)

LEICA T (2014, T-Mount; not compatible with the standard Vivitar T screw mount of the 1970s).

There's a MyCamera menu which can be customized:

LEICA M typ. 701

Rear, LEICA T typ 701 in silver.


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It uses a new dedicated "T" mount, which means there are few lenses available for it.

There's an adapter for M lenses, but they won't autofocus and you'll have to open and close the diaphragm manually for each shot.


Specifications         top

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Leica T (Typ 701)



Leica T bayonet lenses with electronic contacts.



23.6 x 15.7 mm (3:2).

16 MP (4,928 x 3,264 JPG or 4,944 x 3,278 DNG) native.

Also settings of:

4,272 x 2,856 (12 MP).

3,264 x 2,160 (7 MP).

2,144 x 1,424 (3 MP).

1,632 x 1,080 (1.8 MP).



Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 12,500.

White balance

Automatic, presets for daylight, cloud, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings, Kelvin.



1,920 x 1,080/30p.

1,280 x 720/30p.

If this was designed by Panasonic, 30p really means the correct 29.97p, if desienged by some third party, they may have made the mistake of designing it to 30.00p



16GB internal.

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Multimedia cards.


Contrast based with plenty of zones.

Single point, multiple point, spot, face detection, touch AF.



30 s to 1/4,000 s.

Up to 5 fps for 12 shots then slower as the card hangs up.

Self timer: Selectable delay time 2 or 12s.



Built-in flash

GN 4.5 meters at ISO 100, which is very dim.

5 second recycling.


Flash Sync

Fastest shutter speed with flash (sync): 1/180 s.


Shoe-Mount flash

Leica SF 26 optional dedicated flash (takes over hot shoe from EVF).

Has an LED video light, too.



Exposure modes

Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, manual setting

Junk modes: Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset.


Exposure metering

Multi-area, center weighted, spot.

Compensation: ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments.

Automatic bracketing: 3 shots, adjustable up to ±3 EV by 1/3 EV.


3.7" 16:9 (short) LCD

1.3 million pixels, 854x480 RGB pixels.



IEEE 802.11b/g/n.

Channels 1-11.

WPA and WPA2



Leica BP-DC13 lithium ion battery, 7.4V, 1,040mAh.

Charger: Leica BC-DC13, input: AC 100-701V, 50/60Hz, automatic reversing, Output: DC 8,4V 0,65A, Weight: approx. 90 g, Dimensions: approx. 96x68x28 mm.

Can charge via USB.

400 shots per charge.

2-3 hours charge time.


Micro USB 2.0

Dedicated hot shoe.


134 x 69 x 33 mm HWD.



384 g with battery.

339 g stripped.



Camera body, carrying strap, 2 carrying strap release pins for detaching the carrying strap, battery (Leica BP-DC13), charger (Leica BC-DC13) with 6 adapter plugs, USB cable
Software: Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free download after registration of camera), Leica T app for iOS® (remote control and image transfer, free download from Apple® App-Store®)



24 April 2014.



Who knows? Maybe May 26th, 2014.


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The LEICA T typ 701 isn't shipping and no one has seen a production sample. Seeing how wildly Leica-branded items vary in performance depending on who designed them (LEICA, Panasonic, or other third parties) we'll have no idea until they actually ship.


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If you just want a great mirrorless camera, any of the Panasonics probably perform as wel and probably have much of the same insidesl. Nothing can beat the Fuji X100S, which also has a 23mm f/2 ASPH lens and adds both an optical and an EVF in the camera itself, as well as a fantastic flash system.

If you are more interested in owning a LEICA as opposed to just getting great pictures, and want a rationally-sized LEICA mirrorless camera, this will be your only choice. Leica's M typ 240 is too big today.

LEICA doesn't seal its boxes, so never buy at retail since you have no idea if you're getting a used, returned or store demo camera.

If you want great photos to show your friends instead of just showing them your fancy LEICA, I'd step up to a real DSLR and get a Nikon D3300 which includes an 18-55mm VR lens for a total or $650, also get the 35/1.8 ($200) and 55-200mm VR ($250) for a whopping system total of $1,100, which today would meet or exceed all the possible lenses you could get for the T system even in the near future

But seriously, though, if you want a tiny camera that isn't just disposable plastic, this LEICA T might just be the answer. We'll have to wait and see.

Here's where I'm getting mine:

LEICA T typ 701 body in silver: $1,850.

LEICA T typ 701 body en noir: $1,850.

LEICA SUMMICRON-T 23mm f/2 ASPH: $1,950.

LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-T 18-56/F3.5-5.6 ASPH: $1,750.


LEICA VISOFLEX electronic finder: $595.


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