Leica X Vario Type 107: Leica M Mini Final Name and Specs Leaked?


Perhaps Leica isn’t spreading false rumors through a strange marketing campaign after all. Earlier this week, we wrote that Leica may have been leaking fake photos and specs of its upcoming Leica “M Mini” camera in order to make the real thing seem more attractive once it appears. That no longer appears to be the case.

Multiple sites are now reporting that those initial leaks and rumors were indeed true, and that the camera will officially be called the Leica X Vario Type 107.

Here’s a new teaser that Leica has sent out, which offers an official peek at a corner of the camera:


What we see is that the camera in this official teaser looks identical to the one in the leaked photo that emerged in late May and the updated teaser on Leica’s website:


A closer look at the mysterious box on Leica's front page

A closer look at the mysterious box on Leica’s front page

Camera rumor sites Leica Rumors and Mirrorless Rumors are both reporting that their trusted sources have confirmed the prior leaks and specs.

The camera will reportedly feature a 16.5 megapixel APS-C sensor, a fixed Leica Vario Elmar 18-46mm (28-70mm in 35mm terms) f/3.5-6.4 ASPH lens, an ISO range of 100-12500, a max shutter speed of 1/2000s, a 921K dot 3-inch LCD screen, full HD video recording, a built-in flash, and a battery life of 360 shots.

In terms of size and weight, the Leica X Vario Type 107 will measure 133x73x95mm and weigh 679g/24oz. By comparison, the new Leica M measures 139x42x80mm (body only) and weighs 680g/24oz (body only). Thus, the Leica X will feel smaller and lighter with its fixed lens than the Leica M when the M has a lens mounted to it.

As with most pieces of camera equipment emblazoned with the famous red dot, the Leica X won’t come cheap. The German-manufactured camera will reportedly have a price tag of ~€2,500, or around $3,280.

Update: We’re hearing that the “heard the rumor” message put up by Leica recently wasn’t meant to suggest that the rumors were false. Instead, it was supposedly a response to the negative reaction that started brewing after the initial leaks (i.e. an attempt to slow down the negative response). Leica will reportedly be highlighting the image quality of the camera when its released rather than the specs (the “slowness” of the bulky fixed lens has been one thing photographers have been grumbling about).

Update: Here are new leaked photographs of the Leica X:




  • Michael Comeau

    LOL @f/6.4


    2500€ and f/3.5-6.4 -> LOL!

  • Guillaume Raisonnable

    indeed ROFLMAO. I wonder who is gonna pay fast-lens-money for a slow lens.

  • mlieberman85

    Given all the other nonsense lately I’m just going to wait till they officially announce it. Not getting my hopes up given that Leica lately has been charging ridiculous prices for stuff you can buy elsewhere for much much cheaper. At least with the M series, no one else makes a digital rangefinder. The closest is the Fuji X series.

  • Terry Clark

    Y.A.W.N… another boring overpriced entry into the already overcrowded mirrorless marketplace with absolutely nothing to set itself apart other than a red dot.

  • derekdj

    I hope Leica is saving their pennies, I sense this is going to be a turd like their V-Lux line. They really should’ve taken in more of the competitive landscape and made a m4/3 style camera that can change lens and accept M-Mounts.

  • Furunomoe

    Image quality? Please don’t tell me it also has a “background blur simulation” feature.

    Or maybe they really do have the “auto-composition by HCB” feature?

  • bob cooley

    Wow – I’m glad I didn’t wait for this when I bought my Fuji X-series. it looks like Fuji is going to start eating Leica’s lunch…

  • Iliona

    If true, really disapointing. Wait to test the lens !

  • MattSteeleLA

    Good grief… this is as embarrassing as the Lunar.

  • harvey2010

    Think at the very least they could have managed a fast lens. f6.4@ the tele end, and a max shutter speed of 1/2000. But hey, least it has the red dot to be proud of. Leica, do what you’re good at and make ‘m’ cameras, not slow, over priced point and shoots.

  • Richard Ford

    Oh you camera nerds. So funny.

  • hf4

    WTF??? f6.4, 1/2000, no rangefinder and that price tag? WHYYYYY?

  • Sporkguy

    Even the X20 would eat this supposed Leica for supper!

  • Genkakuzai

    That lens is going to have to be ridiculously sharp to convince me… and even then I’m not quite sure. I have an extremely hard time seeing how this could ever be worth its hefty price tag… While I might consider all Leicas overpriced, at least the M offers some proper performance.

  • Lee Young

    such a boring camera..