As one of the few soft-price models of Leica, the Leica T has quite good image quality, excellent LCD display and superior design compared to all other "affordable" products.
What is Leica T?
In photography, Leica is considered the most prestigious brand of photography world. If you've ever seen someone using a Leica M series camera, your feelings will probably be very similar when you see a Ferrari "glide" past your eyes. Even if you don't like the design of these flawless cameras, you'll still have to admire the great manufacturing capabilities of the manufacturer.
And of course, like a Ferrari driver, you will have a very strong financial potential to be able to own the top Leica M. Not to mention, Leica M does not support auto focus – a feature that is so familiar to ordinary users.
Understanding this, Leica produced the Leica T Type 701, a CSC (compact, mirrorless) with Leica M's distinctive design style and a more "friendly" price: USD 1850 ( about VND 39 million, original price in the US).
As a Leica T luxury retaining product but equipped with a lot of new changes, what quality will Leica T have? Review of Trusted Reviews compiled by VnReview will help readers get answers.
Features of Leica T
The "soul" of this expensive camera is an APS-C resolution of 16.3MP, with sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 12500. You cannot extend Leica T's sensitivity, but in reality, will Very few people need to use the ISO on 12,500.
Leica T can be shot at a shutter speed of 30 to 1/4000 seconds, equivalent to the normal speed of CSC models. Regular exposure modes and familiar scene modes are available on this "soft" Leica.
Leica T can record 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD resolution video at 30 frames per second, lower than the average of 60 frames per second for most other high-end digital cameras. At the same time, this low-end Leica line also doesn't have an external microphone slot.
The most special thing about the Leica T is the "huge" internal memory: 16GB (Nikon, Canon or Sony cameras usually only have 16-64MB of internal memory). This means that even if you drop or forget the memory card, you can still freely capture golden moments with Leica T. Of course, this CSC also supports the standard SD slot.
Leica T photos are saved under 4928 x 3264 pixel resolution, JPEG or RAW format. RAW images on Leica T are saved as DNG files, allowing users to edit on most popular image processing software. When buying Leica T, you will receive a free version of Adobe Lightroom.
"Traditional" users will probably feel dissatisfied because Leica T does not have an optical viewfinder. You can buy Leica T Visoflex electronic viewfinder for this camera. Like the camera body, Leica T's EVF is priced at "chat": USD 600 (about VND 12.6 million; original price in the US).
In return, the quality of 3.7-inch touch screen on Leica T will surely surprise you. With a resolution of 1.3 million pixels, Leica T's 3.7-inch screen produces brilliant images with very reasonable contrast levels.
With built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, Leica T can easily and quickly transfer photos to smartphones. You can use your iPhone or iPad to control this high-end CSC remotely.
It should be noted that the current Leica T is only compatible with iOS. This probably won't surprise many people, because both Leica and Apple are companies that value design more than features, with gorgeous products that offer "challenging" prices to users. Apple designer Jony Ive has created an impressive version of Leica M, and if Apple gets into the digital camera market, Apple products will definitely be Leica-style.
The design is the most remarkable element of the Leica T. Like the MacBook series, the Leica T is made up of a single piece of aluminum. The result is a beautiful product for the most sophisticated people.
Try watching videos back to the Leica T production process to understand the beauty of this digital camera. During crafting, Leica's mechanic will have to spend up to 40 minutes to polish the body of the machine. The hand-crafted beauty of Leica T's design and assembly quality represents a great degree of refinement from the manufacturer, and as a result a "work" outperforms Fujifilm's usual CSC lines. Olympus.
The design of Leica T is relatively strange. Because the wheels and other hardware details are designed to "sink" in the camera body, you may misunderstand that this is a sample product that the manufacturer has not yet completed. Both sides do not have a button or control wheel; The number of buttons and wheels in the upper body is also quite limited.
Nearly all features and options have been transferred to the Leica T. touch screen. This means that the Leica T experience will depend on screen quality. Luckily, you won't be able to blame any points on Leica T.'s screen.
Leica T's control screen interface is very simple and clear. You won't be lost in the excessive number of menu screens. Initially, users may misunderstand that Leica T lacks some of the features required by digital cameras. However, after a process of use, you will get used to Leica T's control much more.
Leica T physical controls are located above the body. 2 control wheels will change the shutter speed or aperture (depending on the priority mode you are selecting). The other wheel will adjust other parameters such as ISO or exposure compensation level, depending on the user's choice.
You will have to select the autofocus point on the screen. The problem with Leica T's autofocus mechanism is that once you select the focus point on the screen, you won't be able to focus again by half-pressing the trigger. Instead, you will have to select again on the screen. During long-term use, this can be uncomfortable for users.
One thing that may surprise a user is the memory card slot and USB port made of fairly cheap plastic material. This plastic body becomes outstanding (in an unexpected way) compared to the remaining aluminum body. The Leica T battery cover is also made of plastic material, and therefore will also damage the body's appearance.
Leica T's battery removal mechanism is also quite complicated. After pressing the button to open the battery cover, you will have to continue to press lightly to remove the battery cover and the battery from the inside of the body to open the inner lever. This mechanism will help prevent batteries from falling to the ground, but are somewhat complicated during daily use.
Instead of following the trend of hybrid autofocus ("hybrid" between phase-focusing and contrast-based focusing), Leica T uses a contrast mechanism that is relatively backward. Fortunately, the contrast-based AF system on Leica T is quite accurate and fast enough for most use in good lighting conditions.
In low light conditions, the AF system on Leica T appears to be inadequate. Therefore, you will need to use the focus assist lamp on the front of the device. Unfortunately, this projector also only helps to accurately focus on samples a few meters away from you. Leica T supports face detection and multi-point AF modes, but perhaps the user will probably choose the autofocus on the touch screen.
Metering modes on Leica T include spot, center-weighted and metering according to general evaluation (evaluative). Evaluative mode is called Leica T's own name as "multi-field".
Multi-field metering mode will help to produce pretty good results in most use cases, from gray cloudy sky to bright rays of sunshine. The bright areas are reproduced very well, helping to create quite dark areas and contrast in general quite good. The Leica T metering system is so good that you only need to switch metering to multi-field and this camera will not disappoint you in almost all cases.
If you want to have the best possible picture quality from Leica T, you'll have to take RAW photos. While JPEG images are quite stable and fairly sharp, compression and noise reduction will smooth out the image a bit too much and cause loss of detail. In contrast, RAW images will retain all the details captured by the 16.3MP sensor on Leica T.
In terms of light noise, Leica T keeps the noise level quite stable over its entire ISO range, where the color noise only starts to appear at ISO 6400. While the noise reduction process will lose the detail of the image. This process is also relatively sensitive and does not damage users' photos.
Just like the metering system, the auto white balance function works quite well in bright and underexposed shooting conditions. Even, photos of sunshine in automatic mode also have better colors in Sunny mode (optimal for sunshine) that Leica pre-installed.
All 5 color options on the Leica T are provided via touch screens: Standard (standard), Vivid (brilliant), Natural (natural), B&W Naturual (natural black and white) and B&W High Contrast ( black and white high contrast). While the Natural mode has a slightly dull color, the Brilliant mode is colored … too brilliant. In return, the Black and White mode on Leica T gives excellent image quality. In general, in most use cases, you should use Standard mode.
Leica T's light sensitivity range is large enough to retain a large amount of detail in both dark and bright areas. While images taken at ISO 100 are not enough to compete with top-end DSLRs, Leica T's quality is still more than enough to compete with compact models of the same size.
However, the image quality will be significantly reduced at ISO 800 or higher. ISO 100 to 400 is the best option to retain a maximum amount of detail.
Before deciding to buy the Leica T, you need to be aware that the price of the two lenses that comes with this camera is almost the same as the camera body. This means that to be able to use Leica T, you will have to spend between 3700 – 3800 USD, ie from … 78 million to 80 million VND in the US price.
That means that there will be very, very few users Candlestick Selecting the Leica T. The camera has a lot of admirable things, from the quality of the photos, which are relatively good to great design, but at the price of 3500 USD, there are many other great options. For example, Fujifilm X-Pro 1 or X-T1, or even the Sony Alpha 7 II can meet your shooting needs.
The best option for those who need to own a high-end CSC at a comfortable price will be the Sony NEX 7 (VND 24 million, the price of the body with lens). In short, although Leica T can do well in almost every aspect (image quality is quite good, great user experience, art-class design), this is not a camera that you really need. Like Lamborghinis, the deciding factor in choosing Leica T will be "feeling" when using the product. And it is very likely that this camera will not really surprise you when it comes to the "terrible" price: USD 1850 (VND 39 million) for the camera itself, of course if your economy is fake and you like it. Its right, Leica T is your choice.