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
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: It's hard to find a direct competitor for the Leica T. As it has an APS-C sized sensor, its natural competitors would be found amongst Fuji, Samsung and Sony. With its lack of buttons and direct control dials, or a built-in viewfinder, it would seemingly go against mid- or lower-range cameras from those manufacturers – the price would suggest otherwise, but it's important to remember that you'll be paying a premium for the Leica brand.
Pros: High quality build, Simple control, Leica reputation
Cons: High price, Limited number of lenses currently available
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.
One of the most stylish, well designed cameras you will ever meet
Good Gear Guide.au
1 August 2014
Summary: Leica's focus on creating a minimalist unit with a dominant touchscreen interface challenges us to re-think the way we interact with a camera's settings. For the most part, it works. You get used to this idea of on-screen control, and that's because the touch interface isn't an afterthought but a main feature.
Pros: Style, Build quality, Picture quality
Cons: Expensive camera, Expensive lenses and accessories, Wi-Fi didn't work for us