It looks like Leica is planning to jump into the world of rugged underwater cameras. A new leak purportedly shows a photo and specs of the upcoming Leica X-U (Typ 113), the first waterproof Leica X digital camera — the “U” is for “underwater.”
Leica Rumors published the above photo today, and writes that the German-manufactured camera will be shockproof in addition to waterproof.
From the photo, we see that the camera has a rather unusual design element: the built-in flash is located on the front of the fixed lens rather than on the body of the camera.
The rumored specs so far include waterproofing down to 15m/49ft, shockproofing from drops of up to 1.22m/4ft, a 35mm f/1.7 lens with a manual focus ring, and “anti-skidding rubber armoring” that provides both grip and protection.
No word yet on exact pricing or availability, but Leica Rumors expects that the camera will become official by the end of 2015.