For the first time in a while, we are able to report a brand new camera system from Leica. Not the normal "limited edition" which involves merely a new coat of paint and fancy leather case here. This is a brand new, interchangeable lens system, designed to take over from the slightly disappointing Leica Vario X released last year.
Designed to be ultra minimalist the Leica T 701 features a 16.5 Megapixel APS-C sensor camera, button less rear, touchscreen display, built in Wi-Fi, HD video capability, full aluminium body, interchangeable lens mount, integrated iOS app for using the camera, and a selection of ultra high quality lenses in varying focal lengths and sizes.
This is expected to retail for around £1600 without lenses, putting it firmly in the category of the X2 camera, as a semi-pro tool, and pulling far away from the "budget" options of the D-LUX 6, which goes for £600 retail.
This could indicate the possible death of Leica's lower end cameras, with perhaps the X2 becoming the entry range, but such predictions are difficult to make, as the D-Lux range is exceptionally popular with users wishing a piece of the Red Dot world without the £5000 plus price tags. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.