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Tech of the Week: Leica and Olympus Unveil Amazing New Cameras

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | January 29, 2016

Tech of the Week: Leica and Olympus Unveil Amazing New Cameras

Image via Leica

Normally it’s at this point of the week that we ballyhoo one particular innovation. However, this week we are particularly excited over news from the world of photography that might enhance your travels.

Yes, it was indeed all about something new and something classic in regards to upcoming

additions to the Leica and Olympus family respectively.

First, we examine an expensive line of cameras that just decided to include a waterproof warrior into the mix.

Leica X-U:

As the Instagram caption reads, this is a Leica camera you can take just about anywhere: “Sand? Water? This #camera resists: Explore endless opportunities with the #brandnew #elementsproof #LeicaXU.”

The above link takes you to the camera’s page, which boasts of some nice details. The X-U is shockproof up to 1.22 meters and waterproof up to 15 meters at about an hour of exposure.

As Leica states: “Shockproof and dust-sealed, it defies all the elements and even takes short falls in its stride.”

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This being Leica, you are going to pay a nice premium for quality and style. Wired puts the price at about $3,000.

As Wired continues, this is hardly the ultimate in photographic precision: “Don’t expect a full-frame sensor or the ability to swap in M-mount glass, but the X-U’s specs are pretty great for a subaquatic shooter. It’s built around a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, and its non-swappable lens has a fixed focal length of 23mm (that’s a 35mm equivalent focal length due to the camera’s 1.5x crop factor).”

However, you are still getting a brilliant tool for those excursions that might yield sand, snow or a deluge of water.

Olympus PEN-F:

Classic beauty meets modern day demands with an upcoming PEN-F that is sure to be popular among photographers on the go.

As Olympus explains, the specific design has quite the history: “Rangefinder style cameras were all the rage in 1963. Now they’re back. The beautifully-crafted PEN-F is ideal for street shooters, as a second camera for studio pros, and for anyone who loves vintage design and photography.”

The upgrade to the original PEN-F sports all the technology that you would come to expect from a camera that retails for about $1,200.

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Among the many specs you might enjoy is its 20 megapixel sensor, 1080p HD video capabilities and built-in Wi-Fi that allows for wireless shooting.

And you old school photographers even get a line of retro gear to pair with your new beloved travel pal.

Those with the means have some anguish deciding between two gorgeous cameras that promise to turn some heads while capturing images that will capture your global adventures with the brilliance they deserve. 


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