Just in time for underwater basket-weaving season Leica has introduced the Leica X-U, a rugged, waterproof camera that records full HD video.
The camera has a 16.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and fixed Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. It has a fast maximum aperture of f/1.7 for selective focusing and you can add an underwater filter to keep the lens and camera dry while rolling in the deep. It can dive to 49 feet with you in tow.
As is Leica’s wont this camera is part of their more point-and-shoot series but, thanks to the lens and camera capabilities it costs a mere $2,950. It has a no-slip body and protected rear screen as well as locking features for the battery compartment and memory card slot.
I haven’t gotten a chance to handle this one in the flesh yet but, once again, expect excellent image quality at a price that far outpaces the traditional rugged point-and-shoot. However, knowing Leica, this thing can probably take amazing photos of fluke, flounder, and sunken toilet seats.