Leica Announces X-U (Type 113) Camera

Leica Store Miami     Adorama

Today Leica Camera AG has announced a long-rumored camera, the Leica X-U (Type 113). It's waterproof, dustproof and shockproof - with a 35mm equivalent lens in front of a 16MP APS-C sensor.

The highlights (full specs below) include:

  • APS-C sensor with 16MP
  • 35mm (equiv.) lens with manual focus ring (Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH)
  • Waterproof up to 15m/49' for 60 minutes
  • Shockproof to falls from 1.2m/4' high
  • Dustproof to protect the internal components
  • Integrated UW protective glass filter
  • 3.0" 920k-dot LCD screen
  • Built-in, lens-mounted flash
  • 11 point AF system
  • Special mode for taking pictures underwater
  • HD video in 1080 or 720 resolution at 30fps MP4 format
  • Camera body made out of a plastic core with aluminum covers
  • Anti-slip rubber exterior for secure grip and easy handling
  • Floating strap available as an accessory
  • Made in Germany
  • Adobe Lightroom is included
  • UK price: £2,400 inc. VAT
  • US price: $2,950 USD (currently in stock at Leica Store Miami)

Check out the sample images along with the technical data and instructions here.

Be sure to also check out the awesome How to Shoot the Elements video!


Leica X-U (Type 113) camera, front

Leica X-U (Type 113) camera, back

Leica X-U (Type 113) camera, top

Rugged Leica X-U (Type 113) camera

Rugged Leica X-U (Type 113) camera

Rugged Leica X-U (Type 113) camera


Leica Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. (equals 35mm field of view in 35mm- format), 10 lens elements in 8 groups, 4 aspherical surfaces, UW protective glass
System Contrast-based
Distance settings range From 20 cm to infinity, automatic (autofocus) or manual distance setting, optional MF Assist function for distance settings
Metering function Single field, 11-field, spot, face recognition
CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2
Selectable for JPEG format: 16 MP - 4928 x 3264 pixels,12,2 MP- 4272 x 2856 pixels, 7 MP - 3264 x 2160 pixels, 3 MP- 2144 x 1424 pixels,1,8 MP - 1632 x 1080 pixels, DNG: 4944 x 3278 pixels
Recording Format MP4
Resolution/ Image sequence rate Selectable, 1920 x 1080p, 30fps or 1280 x 720p, 30fps
Exposure control
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting
Exposure metering Multi-field, center weighted, spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing Three pictures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1/3 EV increments
ISO Range
Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500
White Balance
Automatic, daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings, manual color temperature setting
UW Mode
Accessible via separate button, adapts white balance and distortion correction to underwater conditions
Shutter Speed Range
30 s to 1⁄2000s
Image Series
3fps or 5fps, max. seven exposures at constant exposure frequency with DNG + JPEG Fine
Operating Modes Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, ON, ON/red eye reduction, long-term synchronization/red eye reduction, OFF
Flash exposure compensation ±3 EV to 1/3 EV increments
Flash operating range (for ISO 100/21°) approx. 0.3 –2.0 m, guide number: 5
Flash recharge time Approx. 5 s with fully charged battery
3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 920,000 pixels
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multi-media cards
Delay time either 2 or 12s
Operating conditions
Ambient temperature: 0° to 40 °C/32° to 104 °F (on land/underwater); max. humidity: 85 % (non-condensation)
Water/Dust Resistance
In compliance with JIS/IEC protection class 68 (IP68) (in accordance with Leica Camera AG testing conditions[1]), allows underwater photography in depths up to 15m / 49ft for max. 60 minutes
Impact Resistance
In compliance with MIL-STD 810G, method 516.5[2] (in accordance with Leica Camera AG testing conditions[1])
Power Supply
Lithium ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 3.7V, capacity 1600mAh (as per CIPA standard): approx. 450 exposures, charging time (after deep discharge): approx. 200 min., Model No. BP-DC8, manufacturer: PT SANYO Energy Batam, manufactured in Indonesia
Input: 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.2A, automatic switchover, output: 4.2V DC, 0.65A, Model No. BC-DC8, operating conditions: 0 - 35°C/32°-95°F Manufacturer: Phihong (Dongguan) Electronics Co.,Ltd, Made in China
Plastic core, aluminum upper and lower covers, flexible TPE reinforcement
Tripod Thread
A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
(WxHxD) Approx. 140 x 79 x 88mm / 5^33⁄64 x 3^1⁄8 x 3^15⁄32”
Approx. 600/635g / 21.16/22.4oz (without/with battery)