Few logos in the camera space command as much respect as Leica’s little red dot, and whenever you see it, you know the camera is high-quality (and the images even better). And with the rising popularity of analog cameras, brands like Leica and its contemporaries are finding new ways to incorporate classic design into modern builds. Fujifilm’s Instax lineup is a great example of this tech blend, and now Leica is joining the party with the Leica SOFORT 2, a hybrid instant camera.
This camera is equipped with a 1/5-inch CMOS sensor capable of 4.9 MP photos shot through the Leica Summar 1:2/2.4mm lens. Inside, you get a lithium-ion battery capable of providing 100 instant prints on a full charge, and a charge time of 2-3 hours. The internal memory can hold around 45 images, but thanks to the microSD slot, you can easily expand that (with a 1GB microSD giving you 850 images). To print your photos, simply activate the manual lever up top, and you’ll have the option to fine-tune the picture before using any film.
To take advantage of this hybrid build, you can use the Leica FOTOS app on your smartphone to print images, edit them, and share them across socials with your friends and family. Additionally, you can use the app to remote control your camera, giving you more options to blend the world of analog photography with the digital world. You’re also getting ten Filmstyles and Lensstyles effects built into the camera for quick access to a variety of filters.
The Leica SOFORT 2, in red, white, and black colorways, will be available starting November 9th for $389. The additional accessories, like the carrying bag and the wooden picture frames, will also be available when the camera drops.