First Leica Mini M Photograph Leaked: It’s a Fixed Lens APS-C M Clone


This is the first leaked photograph of Leica’s upcoming Mini M — a camera that the German company first started teasing on its website last week.

The leak comes courtesy of Mirrorless Rumors, which spotted the photo and specs on a French iPad publication:


The Leica Mini M will reportedly be an APS-C sensor camera with a fixed zoom lens. The fully aluminum body looks like a Leica M rangefinder, there’s a 16.1 megapixel sensor on the inside, and on the front is a permanently attached Leica Elmar 28-70mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.5-6.4 lens.

There is no built in viewfinder, but an electronic viewfinder can be attached to the hotshoe mount. The camera also features Full HD video recording, and comes bundled with a copy of Adobe Lightroom.

If you take a look at Leica’s website today, you’ll see that the teaser that first appeared last week has changed a bit. The once fully closed box is now slightly open, showing the corner of the Leica Mini M:


In terms of pricing, the price tag will reportedly sit at €2,450, or around $3,160. By comparison, the Leica M costs $6,950 and the Leica X2 costs $2,000, so this camera sits snugly in between..

According to Leica, the new Mini M will be unveiled at an official launch event on June 11th.

  • Horst Wrabetz

    no viewfinder and a zoom lens? what’s “M” about this camera?

  • Michael Thompson

    I can only wish I had a Leica.

  • Italo

    X100s owners must be laughing right now.

    Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll stick with my X-Pro1 for now.

  • Rodrigo

    variable maximum aperture fixed zoom lens, no viewfinder, cropped sensor, over 3000 bucks. please shoot me in the head if i ever buy myself a leica camera.

  • Devin Dillinger Paredes

    i think the “M” in this camera’s name stands for misstep.

  • Horst Wrabetz

    haha, makes sense :)

  • Derek

    Excitement: dashed. This camera should have been a scaled-down M-E with an optical viewfinder and a fixed, say, f/2 35mm equivalent, giving people debating an X100S a reason to stretch for the red dot. What a weird company, Leica. Why bother with discount offerings that still cost way more than their better-performing competitors? If Leica wants to bring in new users it needs to offer a metal, made in Germany, M-quality body/sensor without the biggest hurdle for n00bs — the pornographically expensive lenses. As it stands, X100S users are just going to laugh and enjoy all the extra money they won’t be giving to Leica.


    ‘ll stick with my X-Pro1 for now.

  • Kristoffer

    Yeah this doesn’t impress me in any shape, way or form. Not the brightest lens in the world, no viewfinder… o_O Not that I was really a potential customer to begin with, as I tend to go for the most price worthy option (which frankly never is called Leica).

  • Ronald

    Wow. If it’s real, that’s a slow lens!

  • Eugene Chok

    Strangely excited that it was bundled with Lightroom…. Oh you the camera? For the price of a 5d… I will pass thanks

  • Choen Lee

    another sony nex in luxury skin?

  • Rabi Abonour

    For anyone who doubted the validity of the claim that Fuji is the new Leica, I think this should clear things up.

  • jojo-photo

    So it’s basically an X2 with zoom? Underneath the M Leica has stayed far behind their competitors in these field – DLux (small sensors), X2 (ridiculous aperture, no viewfinder, no filters) and now a zoom lens that does not even compensate its poor f3.5 with a full frame sensor? With Sony and Fuji coming closer and closer to the M they should at least join other segments seriously. Otherwise soon the name Leica will not be enough to sell cameras that need daylight such as this. Well, I’ll stick with my XE1 anyways and will wait for a nice full-frame system camera another 10 years – if full frame is even necessary.

  • apples

    i’m petting my fuji xe1 with 18-55 f2.8-4 “kit zoom” right now. looks like it has nothing to worry about. in fact, if this leak is in fact the new mini-m, it makes me feel better about pulling the trigger on the fuji!

    i am struggling to understand this choice by leica. of course will check out tests and reviews when it is released, but off the bat it does not look like it’s that much to be hyping up (contingent on the leak being accurate).

  • Rene Hache

    I cannot be more disappointed. What a letdown.

  • Mako Koiwai

    Such a slow lens :-(

  • Michael Wong

    the price

  • powerslave12r

    M for Money.

  • Furunomoe

    f/3.5-5.6? Reall? At that price, I bet it has the revolutionary auto-compose feature derived from Mr. Henry Cartier Bresson’s DNA that really brings the true joy of photography where all of your photos will automagically be a legendary award winning photos, without moving a single muscle.

  • Orlando 林安徒生 Andersson

    I’ll still stick to my Leica M8 ^^

  • Furunomoe

    Oh my, even worse, it’s actually f/3.5-6.4… Even most APS-C DSLR kit lens are f/3.5-5.6 at that focal range.

  • leroy

    made in german… like hitler

  • Ondra Kucera

    Hitler was born in Austria though..

    To the topic.. the lens is ridiculous.. it probably will be very sharp and well corected but f/6,4 at 46mm, I mean really?

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  • Bobby

    The M stands for “rip-off”.

  • w00ty

    I see two different lenses! The 28 and the 70mm. Look closer on the image.

  • w00ty

    Ok it’s two different cameras…

  • Tom

    Why? Just buy an x100s and forget about Leica.

  • derekdj

    Sounds like a V-Lux wrapped around a M body. Why a fixed lens, when their competitors in the APS-C and M4/3 arena can use M-Mount lenses?

    If this is real, it’s a bit disappointing. Get a Olympus OM-D with the Panasonic 35-100mm 2.8, you’ll have the image quality and flexibility.

  • threeseed

    Please. Let’s not make this about the X100S.

    The entire world is laughing right now.

  • RobertotheToad

    Clearly a PhotoShopped fake image. Notice that the writing on the front of the lens is all “right side up”. Anybody ever seen a lens that is printed like that?

    Also, the “70 ” marking on the lens barrel is in 35mm equivalent while the writing on the front says :”18-46″. Nobody does that – least of all a company known for their full frame lenses.

    Leica can’t even debate it without destroying their “gradual reveal” marketing campaign.

  • Runar Guldsko

    Nice photoshop job! But not perfect… The text on the lens does not bend perfectly. As noted, the zoom range is wrong. Supposedly an AF lens, it would not have such a big manual focusing ring – rotating. Further, the “revealed” camera does not at all match the glimpse offered by Leica’s slit in the box. And the light does not fall similarly on the lens and body…

    But the comments of disgust on this and other websites are fun, I’ll await the next photoshop attempt – great entertainment value :-)

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  • James Conner

    That’s a lot of money for a red dot and no finger-grip. It’s a device for camera snobs, not photographers.

  • Fabian

    So basically Leica is releasing a Digiux 2 but with a horrible lens. Digilux 2 has a way better lens than this.

  • m pratt

    So, basically it is an updated X2. I’m sure it will be a fine camera, but I was expecting more from Leica.

  • m pratt

    And an f/3.5-6.4 lens? C’mon Leica, you can do better, much better than that.

  • Zos Xavius

    You could buy three of them for what this costs. Or an X-Pro and some lenses.

  • dannybuoy

    Yes. But it’s not a Leica.

  • dannybuoy

    If you think this camera is overpriced then it is not for you. Sure you may look at a Porche and say I want one of those but can’t afford one. Plus I can beat it off the lights in a car that costs half the price, then you don’t figure in Leica’s strategy. Sad but true.

  • Kristoffer

    Yeah difference being Porsche actually delivers stellar performance as well, the same cannot always be said for Leica. I see the point you’re trying to make, but the comparison is flawed imho. I’d say a Bentley would be a better analogy, expensive as hell, pretty looking, but not really the best performance out there.

  • BL42E

    Then buy one on eBay. You can get an M8 for around $1500.

  • BL42E

    I’ll do it if you buy a Leica M, M-E, M9, M9-P, M Monochrom, M7, M6 or MP, and let me inherit the camera afterwards.

  • genotypewriter

    You wish :)

  • dannybuoy

    Mostly because they’re a German company too :-)

  • apples

    upon further examination it’s looking more fake (lens type inconsistencies, lug straps). can only guess at the motivation behind it besides taking the piss — perhaps a ‘shop job that tried to push Leica to release info earlier to clarify that this isn’t, in fact, the new mini-M?

  • ProtWhalePig

    Can’t decide between this or the new compact Hassy.

  • baconeater

    F3.5-6.4? Really? Haa haaa haaa! Really? Seriously?

  • thingwarbler

    Wow… that’s just *so* not exciting. A fixed zoom with so-so power. No viewfinder. $3K+ Uh, why exactly would I go there when the same kind of money — or a lot less, actually — would get me a much better camera? I’d honestly rather have the X2 than this and save the change for some accessories. Good luck with this one, Leica.