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Test du Leica T (Type 701)

This year marks Leica’s 100th birthday as a camera maker, and to commemorate this momentous occasion, the venerable German brand has introduced an entirely new camera system.

With an interchangeable-lens version of its X Vario APS-C compact camera, Leica has chosen not to follow the straight path and embrace the current trend for “vintage” design. This decision may come as a surprise to some.

Instead, the Leica T is a forward-thinking camera that blends a user-friendly touchscreen interface with a control scheme that caters to photographers in the form of twin dials.

However, before we go any further, let’s clear the air on the cost structure, shall we? The body of the Leica T is going to cost you £1350 by itself, which is a little bit more than the price of the original X1.

At the time of launch, two lenses will be made available: the 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom (27-84mm equivalent) will cost £1250, while the 23mm f/2 prime (which gives a 35mm equivalent angle-of-view) will cost £1350. Both lenses will be available for purchase.

This places it in the same price range as the 36-megapixel full-frame Sony A7R, making it one of the most costly mirrorless camera systems. As a result, only well-heeled photographers are likely to be able to get their hands on one of these cameras.

Leica occupies a highly exclusive market niche, and even though the T is aimed at a different demographic of customers than either the X compacts or the M system, the company does not plan for it to be a product aimed at the mainstream market in any manner, shape, or form.

It’s a shame because the Leica T ends up being a camera that has a lot of charm. Its body is hewn from a single piece of aluminum, which makes it an exceptionally tactile object that is also pretty lovely to look at.

The Leica T was designed to be simple and functional, and it includes a minimal number of controls on the outside of the camera. There is a large handgrip on the front, although it is quite shallow, and the rounded ends give respect to the conventional body style of the Leica M.

The only thing that can be found on the front of the camera is a button to release the lens, a bulb that illuminates the focusing area, and the iconic red dot of Leica. Even conventional strap lugs are absent from the T; in their stead are two rows of tiny sockets on either side, which in this image are obscured by plug-in covers.

The big touchscreen takes up most of the real estate on the camera’s rear. It’s a 3.7 “device that has a resolution of 854×480 RGB pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The result is a design that is incredibly sleek and fashionable, and it is unabashedly aimed at making the camera an object of desire in addition to being a tool for taking photographs. In line with the camera’s overall emphasis on aesthetics, the black LCD surround extends all the way around to the spring-loaded plastic door that conceals the camera’s micro USB connector and SD card slot.

Leica T (Typ 701) Image Quality

The DNG Raw files that are produced by the Leica T have a very high image quality, with plenty of detail and a lot of information in both the highlight and shadow areas. This allows for a great deal of flexibility when it comes to post-processing the images.

The noise is handled extremely effectively, partly because of the reasonable resolution of 16 megapixels, and the pictures are completely usable up to an ISO of 3,200. ISO 6,400 can be used when there is no other option, but ISO 12,500 is considered to be pushing things too far and requires so much noise reduction that every little detail is preserved in the final image.

The two lenses we utilized with our review unit, the Summicron-T 23mm f/2 and the Vario-Elmar-T 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, produced outstanding results in every scenario, even though they exhibited considerable color fringing in conditions with strong contrast.

What we weren’t extremely thrilled about within the Leica T is the autofocus, which, to be quite honest, was not something we expected to perform exceptionally well, to begin with.

The autofocus on the T is relatively sluggish (particularly so when light is scarce), and it frequently fails to latch onto the subject that the photographer wants it to concentrate on. This is similar to the autofocus on prior Leica-exclusive digital cameras such as the X, X2, or X Vario (again, especially when the light gets sparse).

Therefore, if fast and dependable focusing is an absolute must for how you like to picture, the Leica T is probably not the camera you should be searching for. If, on the other hand, you place a high priority on unadulterated image quality, you will fall in love with the camera’s output very soon.

Leica T (Typ 701) Video

We weren’t expecting much from the video recording quality, which was Full HD 1080 at 30 frames per second. To begin recording the video, choose the red-dot movie button at the top of the device. Because of the camera’s fully automated nature, it does not come with many options for customizing the camera’s settings.

You can change the resolution from 1080p to 720p and toggle on or off the video stabilization. The video quality is acceptable, and the focus is quick. The colors, on the other hand, have a dull appearance, and the camera has issues with noise and pixelation as well as judder while panning. The Leica T excels in still photography, so if you want to take casual films, you’re probably better off using your smartphone than the Leica T. Having video capabilities, though, is a great bonus.

As for Wi-Fi, Leica has to adjust how it is implemented in practical use. The issue is not with what it has to give (although it is quite basic when compared to what Samsung or Sony can provide), but rather with how well it performs. The T Typ 701 was able to search for and log onto a Wi-Fi network without any problems; but, when it attempted to connect with an iPhone 5S, it ran into some difficulties.

Despite being on the same network as the camera, the Leica T app could not locate the camera. The two could become linked together once both devices were reconnected to the network and the app was restarted. However, the camera could not maintain a consistent connection, and when we tried to access Live View to do the remote operation, the connection would fail every time.

In addition, it took some time for the camera to connect to the phone. We attempted a different connection by going onto a Wi-Fi network used far less often. While this resulted in faster pairing times, the camera continued to have problems with being stable. We hope Leica will resolve this problem with a firmware update, but if you decide to spend on this camera, you should know that wireless networking is not the camera’s strong suit.

Leica T (Typ 701) Lenses and accessories

At launch, the Leica T will be accompanied by two lenses: a prime and a zoom. The Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH is a tiny prime lens that delivers a traditional 35mm equivalent moderate wide-angle view. At the same time, the Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 is a compact zoom lens that offers a range comparable to 27-84mm.

Both of these cameras have a design philosophy that is completely up to date, as seen by their electronic mounts, their near-silent internal focusing, and their electronically-coupled manual focusing. Its top plate is equipped with five controls: a shutter button, a video record button, a power switch, and two dials; nonetheless, the big 3.7-inch touchscreen is responsible for controlling every single other feature “touchscreen with a ratio of 16:9.

Leica T (Typ 701) Specs

Type de corpsSans miroir de style télémètre
Matériau du corpsAluminium
Capteur
Résolution maximale4944 x 3278
Autres résolutions4928 x 3264 (max JPEG), 4272 x 2856, 3264 x 2160, 2144 x 1424, 1632 x 1080
Rapport d'image l:h3:2
Pixels efficaces16 mégapixels
Photodétecteurs à capteur17 mégapixels
Taille du capteurAPS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor size notesNo anti-aliasing filter
Type de capteurCMOS
Matrice de filtres de couleurFiltre de couleur primaire
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12500
Préréglages de la balance des blancs5
Balance des blancs personnaliséeOui (2 emplacements)
Stabilisation d'imageNon
Format non compresséCRU
Niveaux de qualité JPEGSuperfine, fine
Format de fichierJPEGRaw (DNG)
Optique et mise au point
Mise au point automatiqueContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Lampe d'assistance à la mise au point automatiqueOui
Mise au point manuelleOui
Monture de lentillesLeica L
Multiplicateur de distance focale1,5 ×
Écran / viseur
LCD articuléFixé
Taille de l'écran3.7″
Points de trame1,300,000
Écran tactileOui
Type d'écranTFT
Vue en directOui
Type de viseurÉlectronique (facultatif)
Couverture du viseur100%
Grossissement du viseur0.7× (0.47× 35mm equiv.)
Résolution du viseur2,360,000
Fonctions de photographie
Vitesse d'obturation minimale30 s
Vitesse d'obturation maximale1/4000 s
Modes d'expositionProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManualScene
Modes scèneSport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset
Flash intégréOui
Portée du flash4.50 m (at ISO 100)
Flash externeOui
Modes flashAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
Vitesse de synchronisation Flash X1/180 s
Entraînement continu5,0 ips
RetardateurOui
Modes de mesureMultiCenter-weightedSpot
La compensation d'exposition±3 (par pas de 1/3 EV)
Bracketing AE±3 (3 images par pas de 1/3 EV)
Fonctionnalités de vidéographie
Résolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4
MicrophoneStéréo
ConférencierMono
Espace de rangement
Types de stockageCarte SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivité
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/s)
HDMINon
Prise microNon
Prise casqueNon
Sans filIntégré
Notes sans fil802.11b/g/n with smartphone control
TélécommandeOui (via smartphone)
Physique
Écologiquement scelléNon
BatterieBatterie
Description de la batterieBP-DC13 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Autonomie de la batterie (CIPA)400
Poids (piles incluses)384 g (0.85 lb / 13.55 oz)
Dimensions134 x 69 x 33 mm (5.28 x 2.72 x 1.3″)
Autres caractéristiques
Capteur d'orientationOui
GPSFacultatif
Remarques GPSBuilt into optional EVF

Leica T (Typ 701) Conclusion

The Leica T, much like other Leica goods, maybe something of a hit or miss. Its gleaming metal casing and high retail price give the impression of unrivaled quality. Still, when it comes to the most fundamental features, like the absence of an exposure lock button or the sluggish and inaccurate focusing, it soon disillusions users.

On the other hand, the camera is very comfortable to use and to hold, particularly when combined with the Visoflex viewfinder and the 23mm prime lens. Additionally, it is capable of producing photographs of exceptional quality, including a great deal of detail, beautiful colors, and a very good dynamic range, which will satiate the requirements of even the most particular photographers.

Leica T (Typ 701) Pros & Cons

Bon pour
  •  and FHD at 30fps Video Recording
  • Built-in Wireless (Wi-fi)
  •  Écran tactile
Besoin d'améliorations
  • 2360kdot Viewfinder Resolution
  • 384g Light Body
  • 0.7x magnification – Large Viewfinder
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