Leica X (Typ 113) is bigger and brighter; still couples an APS-C sensor and prime lens


posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM EST


If you're a Leica fan looking for a straightforward street camera, the Leica X-series has your name on it. While it's long offered the handling Leica is known for, the Leica X2 has long been surpassed by rivals in many ways, however, with brighter lenses and more modern electronics readily available elsewhere. The Leica X (Typ 113) aims to catch up, boasting a brand-new 35mm-equivalent prime lens that's significantly brighter than before, as well as a replacement for the archaic rear-panel display of its predecessor.

Between those changes, though, it's also grown a fair bit larger and heavier. Thankfully, the X2 remains in the lineup as the Leica X-E (Typ 102), if size is more important to you, and sports the exact same image sensor and most of the same features as its new sibling. Now, you can choose which you value more: the brightest possible lens, or a smaller body.

The Leica X (Typ 113) will be offered in black...

There are, of course, a few other changes in the new model. Read our just-published Leica X (Typ 113) preview to find out more about the new flagship Leica X-series camera, and if you're still tempted by the original, read our Leica X-E (Typ 102) preview, too! (Remember, that camera is none other than the Leica X2 by a new name.)

...or silver with brown leatherette trim.