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Leica launches instant camera

Posted on Dec 21, 2023

Instant cameras aren’t just the terrain of Fujifilm, Kodak or original stalwart Polaroid. Undoubtedly, the most affordable Leica camera we can buy has been unveiled by the brand in the new Sofort 2 instant print camera

Available in three colours, this is a hybrid analogue and digital device. So, unlike a more basic instant print camera, users can shoot images digitally and decide on the best ones before printing them. This process is undertaken through a manually operated printing lever on the camera. 

Compatibility is offered with Fujifilm’s Instax Mini photo paper. Downloading the Leica Fotos app enables images which have been taken with a smartphone or another Leica camera to be transferred to the Sofort 2 and then printed out. Camera accessories also available include wrist straps, carrying straps and bags.

Sales of the black, white or red cameras were due to begin early November via all Leica stores and authorised dealers, at a suggested price of £350.

At the other end of the scale is Leica’s latest premium camera, the M11-P, which is available in black or silver. With a price tag of £8000, this model seeks to combat the perceived threat to photographers of wholly AI-generated imagery by being the world’s first camera to attach Content Credentials to images at the point of capture, to protect the authenticity of digital images. As with other cameras in Leica’s P series, the M11-P deliberately omits the signature red Leica dot on the front of the camera to allow for discreet photography. Those looking to bask in the glow of owning a Leica haven’t been forgotten, as instead it’s opted to engrave Leica lettering on the top-plate. Core features of the camera include a 60-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Leica’s ‘triple resolution’ tech, high-performance Maestro III processor, 256GB internal memory, plus sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflective protective coating on the LCD screen.

Launched alongside this camera is the next generation of the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH lens, described as a state-of-the-art, versatile wide-angle lens with an improved and ergonomic design. The lens hood has been given a modern, round design and is directly integrated with the optic, which is said to make it especially easy to screw in or unscrew. Retail price
for the premium lens is £4400.

Originally featured in Issue 112 of Photography News.

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