Leica X-U (Typ 113) Digital Camera

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Leica X-U (Typ 113) Digital Camera

Combining a robust physical design with enhanced image quality, the Leica X-U (Typ 113) Digital Camera is their entrance into the world of tough, durable cameras. Still standing by their preference for classic and intuitive operation, this camera hallmarks a prime Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens that delivers a 35mm equivalent focal length, along with a brilliant f/1.7 maximum aperture for shooting in difficult lighting situations. This sophisticated lens is paired with a big 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which provides a broad sensitivity range up to ISO 12500, along with up to 5 frames per second continuous shooting and Full 1080p HD video capture. Enabling use of these imaging peripherals in less than ideal situations, the X-U (Typ 113) is distinguished from other Leica cameras by its anti-slip rubber exterior along with waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof engineering for shooting in harsh and underwater environments.

Rugged Design

The X-U (Typ 113) features a tough, rugged construction that is designed to withstand harsh climates and underwater shooting:

Rugged Design

The X-U (Typ 113) features a rugged, hardy construction that is engineered to withstand harsh climates and underwater photography:

Waterproof to depths of 49' / 15m for along as to 60 minutes of photography (IP68-compliant)

Shockproof to drops from 4' / 1.2m high (MIL-STD 810G, form 516.52-compliant)

Dustproof to preserve the camera's internal components

Anti-slip rubber exterior for ehnanced grip in wet environments

Integrated UW protective glass filter protects the front element.

16.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor

While robust in its physical layout, the X-U is equally suitable with its imaging capabilities with the inclusion of a large 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor. This sensor features a sensitivity range from ISO 100 thru 12500 to handle working in a wide range of lighting conditions, and also handles up to 5 frames per second continuous shooting up to 7 frames using DNG + JPEG mode and Full 1080p HD video recording at 30 frames per second. In addition, a dedicated Underwater shooting system can be employed to adjust for unwanted color shifts when shooting in water.

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MSRP $2950
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-12500
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2 spots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 35 mm
Optical zoom 1
Maximum aperture F1.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Normal focus range 20 cm (7.87)
Number of focus points 11
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 2.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes
Flash modes Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, on, on/red eye reduction, long-term synchronization/red eye reduction, off
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing 3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Format MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-DC8 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 450
Weight (inc. batteries) 635 g (1.40 lb / 22.40 oz)
Dimensions 140 x 79 x 88 mm (5.51 x 3.11 x 3.46)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None



Leica X-U (Typ 113) Digital Camera


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Leica X-U (Typ 113) Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5