Conclusion: The Leica T, like many Leica products, can be a mixed bag. It raises expectations about unprecedented quality with its shiny metal body and high retail price, but quickly disappoints when it comes to the most basic functions such as the lack of an exposure lock button or the slow and unreliable autofocus.
Pros: Beautiful aluminum body, Clever battery locking mechanism, Large touchscreen display, High-quality optics, Very good image quality
Cons: No tiltable display, Unorthodox menu system, Slow and unreliable autofocus, Wi-Fi connections not stable, No exposure lock button
Germany's high-end camera company shoots and misses
30 May 2014
Summary: One hundred years is a long time for any company to survive, especially in an industry that’s gone through as much change and upheaval as cameras. Leica’s been able to thrive, however, even though its products are exceptionally expensive and serve a niche user base.
Pros: Beautiful design, Solid build quality, Good image quality
Excerpt: (Typ 701) This year marks Leica's 100th birthday as a camera maker and, to celebrate, the venerable German manufacturer has launched an all-new camera system. Perhaps unexpectedly, though, Leica hasn't taken the obvious route and embraced the current fashion for 'retro' design with an interchangeable-lens version of its X Vario APS-C compact.
Conclusion: While this camera may open up the traditionally premium Leica brand up to a wider audience than ever before, this isn't the camera I would recommend to the majority of users. Image quality isn't better than its equivalent rivals from Sony, Fuji or Samsung, and for those cameras you get a lot more value for money. If design and aesthetics if your thing though, or you're lured in by that famous red dot, then this might just be your bag.
Summary: Leica cameras are some of those interesting luxury products that also serve as daily workhorses to professionals in various fields. Think of Porsche and Mercedes, prized both for sheer gorgeousness and as patrol cars for the German Autobahn police; Omega and Rolex watches, used by yachtsmen and, in the day, astronauts; and Apple computers, of course, impeccable in design and manufacture, but also toiling round the clock for a huge range of professionals.