Leica launches low-cost waterproof camera

You have to be rich to buy one of those Leica’s uberfancy underwater cameras but not anymore as the company has launched new fixed-lens, waterproof and dustproof shooter for $3,000.

The Leica X-U (Typ 113) camera is designed for underwater usage and is rated for a depth down to 50 feet. The camera is shock-resistant, weather-sealed and resistant to dust and gives sharp and vivid pictures, Wired.com reported on Saturday.

The device comes with an on-board flash mounted at right on the top-front edge of the lens barrel, has a 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor and a non-swappable, fixed focal length (23mm) lens.

According to the report, 23 mm focal length of lens is equivalent to 35mm focal length of other lenses due to the camera’s 1.5x crop factor).

The camera has a f/1.7 maximum aperture enabling it to shoot clear images in low-light conditions and produce life-like shallow depth-of-field shots. It shoots video in 1080p at 30fps.

The aluminum chassis is protected with no-slip thermoplastic rubber, and its 3-inch LCD monitor can be protected by a hard cover while you’re shooting underwater.

It will be available at Leica stores and with Leica dealers by the end of January.