Leica M Mini Teased on Leica’s Website, Announcement Coming on June 11th


The iPad mini and the Mac mini. Those are two “minified” products Apple has released to give its customers a choice for products that are cheaper and more portable. It appears Leica is planning to take a page from Apple’s playbook.

The camera company’s website has begun teasing a new Leica Mini M, a camera that will presumably be a smaller (and possibly cheaper) version of the Leica M flagship digital rangefinder.

Leica's website currently features the teaser

Leica’s website currently features the teaser

The teaser shows a lineup of Leica digital cameras in order from most “pro” to most portable. It shows the Leica M, the Leica X2 Micro M, and the Leica D-LUX 6 Nanon M. In between the M and the X2 is a mysterious black box with the label “? MINI M.”


Leica says it’ll be unveiling “the new Leica family member” on June 11, 2013. If you want to be the first to know about the camera, you can sign up for Leica’s newsletter on the Leica Mini M product page.

Leica Rumors reports that a new camera model that fits between the Leica M and the Leica X has been rumored for years now. The new camera will reportedly be a camera manufactured in Germany that isn’t simply a rebranded Panasonic camera.

  • Thiago Medeiros

    Let’s elocubrate.

    In order to make a smaller-than-usual (an cheaper!) M camera, Leica could remove the rangefinder optical assembly and make it work as a regular mirrorless camera. It could be done, something like a Typ 240 sans rangefinder. We can already slap an external EVF on the Typ 240 and X-series cameras. APS-C sized sensor could help with the size. ~2000 EUR price and they’d have a winner.

    OR, in a very unexpected move, Leica could embrace Micro Four Thirds and release a Leica-Branded M4/3 camera, and a few proper Leica (non-Panasonic) lenses to match. We can only dream…

  • Nate Matos

    Leica has said in the past they have no interest in M4/3. I can’t blame them, their core customer hates one thing, not being able to use wide angle lenses as wide angle lenses.

  • Nate Matos

    Leica isn’t pulling a page from Apple’s playbook with the “Mini” branding. They have had their own line of Mini cameras since the late 80s.

  • Joe Van Cleave

    Perhaps the new camera is their version of the classic “Barnack,” gussied up for the 21st century. How about LTM (Leica thread mount) lenses? This would give them an entirely new market to sell into, for both the new camera and those still using the classic LTM Barnacks.

  • junyo
    If true, likely Leica’s usual markup/rebadge of a Panasonic cam.

  • kshitij

    Full frame or even a larger aps-c size (1.3x. which the M8 was as a matter of fact) with the ability to use m lenses and some sort of a decent viewfinder (electronic like the fuji X-E1 would be perfectly fine if you ask me.) All of that along with a comfertable price point of 2,000-3,000$ would be an absolute winner. Too much to ask perhaps?

  • kshitij

    The more I think about it, its basically, its going to be a digital Leica -CL?

  • geodesigner

    Exactly my thoughts, that’s a very safe bet

  • Joey Miller

    $2-3000? Come on. We all know it’s going to be in the $4-5000 range.

  • bernphotocam

    Everyone has missed the Rifle Sight?

  • Gord

    Leica has made sport and hunting optics for a long time.