There are few names quite as synonymous with the world of high end photography as Leica. Both the company’s cameras and glass are highly prized by any shutterbug worth their salt. A challenge, up until now, is that you may not have been able to enjoy all that Leica goodness while snorkeling through the lush waters of Hawaii. Until now. Here is the Leica X-U, a waterproof camera that’s rugged too.

As far as the core specs are concerned, what you get here is classic Leica styling housing a 16.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor behind a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. That should give you a decent wide angle view, as well as the ability to suitably handle lower light situations… like when you’re underwater.

If you tack on the underwater filter, you can take the Leica X-U to depths of up to 49 feet. While that might not exactly be deep sea diving, it’s more than adequate for most usage cases. It shoots full HD 1080p video as well.

The Leica X-U rugged waterproof camera is set to retail for $2,950. If it’s anything like just about every other Leica combination out there, it’ll be a very solid performer and one that will easily out-shoot the far cheaper waterproof alternatives on the market.

Via TC

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