The rebranding war continues, but to Leica’s credit, the next camera they’re supposedly releasing on April 24th actually has people excited. It seems a brand new Leica mirrorless system is on the way, although this one will be a Panasonic in Leica clothing.
Earlier today La Vida Leica received an invitation to a special Leica event in Berlin on April 24th, and the assumption is that this event will be where the long-rumored Leica T (Type 701) is going to make its debut.
The camera will be manufactured as part of the partnership between Leica and Panasonic, and will sport an APS-C sensor. It’s being reported that the body and all of the zoom lenses will be built by Panasonic, while Leica will make all of the primes itself.
Here’s the full invite:
So far we don’t know much, but people are excited to see a new mirrorless system from Leica, even if it is a Panasonic camera at its core. Keep checking back and we’ll be sure to update you as we get more details. For now, we’ll leave you with a quote from a recent interview CEO Alfred Schopf gave:
It will, of course, be quite different to M system. We want to have autofocus with such a system and we may well have an APS-C sized sensor rather than a bigger one. It will be a German-built camera, however I’m not sure we can make all of the lenses in Germany because we are talking about a different price range to the M system, so I could imagine that we would do some fixed focal length lenses in Germany and maybe with the zooms we will co-operate with a partner
Image credits: Invitation courtesy of La Vida Leica