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The Best Leica Cameras of 2022

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Leica D-Lux 7

A stunning classic Leica with all the features you expect from a digital camera, this rangefinder offers 4K video modes and plenty of manual control. Read More

Pros

  • Great mix of features
  • Beautiful retro design
  • 4K video capture

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Leica M-A (Typ 127)

This old-school 35 mm rangefinder is a marvel, replicating the 1966 Leica M4 with high-quality parts and full compatibility with classic accessories. Read More

Pros

  • Batteryless, all-mechanical design
  • Authentic retro look

Cons

  • No video capture
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Leica V-Lux 5

This high-performance compact excels at photographing sports and outdoor scenery, but it’s not as sturdily made as some other Leicas. Read More

Pros

  • A host of incredible features
  • Great image quality
  • 4K video capture

Cons

  • Lacks proper weatherproofing
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Leica Q2

Leica’s Q2 model offers high-end, modern performance in a classic 20th-century design that’s built to last forever. It even takes 4K video. Read More

Pros

  • 47.3-megapixel sensor
  • 4K video capture
  • Sturdily made

Cons

  • Lens cap may be a little loose
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Leica M10-R

This luxury-priced rangefinder delivers outstanding photos, useful features like 16-minute exposures, and a great deal of control over your shots. Read More

Pros

  • Outstanding image quality
  • Some artful features

Cons

  • Lacks autofocus and 4K video

Leica cameras are famous for their century-long history and handmade excellence. Crafted in Germany since 1913, Leica cameras have an iconic look and quality to match. Like buying an American Fender guitar or a new BMW, you know you’re getting quality for your investment. The name itself is a portmanteau of “Leitz” and “camera,” after Ernst Leitz, the company’s original founder.

Many of Leica’s present-day models feature the same basic design of its 1920s cameras; others have a style more reminiscent of the 1950s and ’60s. Leica makes a wide range of high-end cameras across six main product series—35 mm, monochrome, SLR, 4K digital, and all the modern features you might want to add to these otherwise timeless pieces.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Leica D-Lux 7

This affordably priced Leica looks like a product of the 1950s, but it’s got all the functionality you expect from a modern digital camera. Its compact design makes it portable enough for frequent travelers and enthusiasts, and it offers 4x digital zoom, ISO settings up to 25,600 for low-light shooting, and 4K video capture. It’s got Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro HDMI, and USB connectivity.

Reviews have noted its user-friendly interface, high-quality sensor (17 megapixels), and Leica’s helpful customer service. Folks have also praised its strong balance of classic, priority-based modes and automatic digital features. It ought to be perfect for a student looking to get serious about photography or someone headed for the vacation of a lifetime.

Pros

  • Great mix of features

  • Beautiful retro design

  • 4K video capture

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Leica M-A (Typ 127)

At the other end of the spectrum, far from today’s digital bells and whistles, is this fully mechanical, high-end film camera. The M-A (Typ 127) from Leica is one of the most beautifully designed cameras on the market, marrying all-metal construction with just the fundamental elements of analog photography. Without the need for a battery, the M-A offers an ISO dial for handling various light conditions as well as controls for focus, aperture, and shutter speed.

It’s something of an anachronism, based on the Leica M4 rangefinder produced from 1966 to 1986. This is the sort of camera that would make the ultimate gift for the photography nerd in your life. It’s rare, too, in its compatibility with classic 20th-century Leica M-Series lenses and accessories, so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime investment that’ll never become obsolete—at least as long as 35 mm film still exists.

Pros

  • Batteryless, all-mechanical design

  • Authentic retro look

Cons

  • No video capture

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Leica V-Lux 5

This heavy-duty Leica compact offers versatility and performance for photographers who love sports or the great outdoors. With its 4K video modes, autofocus tech, and optical zoom, photos captured with the V-Lux 5 speak for themselves.

While reviewers rave about its overall quality, they do raise concerns about the lack of weatherproofing in its plastic frame. You’ll definitely want to be careful with it.

Pros

  • A host of incredible features

  • Great image quality

  • 4K video capture

Cons

  • Lacks proper weatherproofing

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Leica Q2

The Leica Q2 is a high-end point-and-shoot camera in a gorgeous, understated frame. It boasts a 47.3-megapixel sensor, “lightning-fast” autofocus, a high-res OLED viewfinder, and even 4K video. Don’t let the package fool you; this is a powerful little fixed-lens camera.

Reviewers say it’s built “like a tank” and takes incredible photos, though there are anecdotes about the camera arriving slightly dirty, frequently losing its lens cap, and so on. If you want to shoot exclusively in black and white, there’s also a monochrome version.

Pros

  • 47.3-megapixel sensor

  • 4K video capture

  • Sturdily made

Cons

  • Lens cap may be a little loose

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Leica M10-R

This 40-megapixel rangefinder is a modern, luxury-priced version of Leica’s classic M-Series. Given the price, it’s likely to be outside of most budgets, but its host of high-performance features—and full compatibility with M10 accessories—make it worth consideration.

It delivers the highest-quality images, an ISO setting of 50,000, and 16-minute exposure times. Just don’t expect digital conveniences like autofocus and 4K video; this is very much one for the hardcore camera geeks who still prefer manual control over their shots.

Pros

  • Outstanding image quality

  • Some artful features

Cons

  • Lacks autofocus and 4K video

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Leica M10 Monochrom

The Leica M10 Monochrom offers photography stripped down to its essence—this time for digital shooters. It’s not a massive departure from the other M-Series models, but its 40-megapixel sensor captures black and white exclusively.

The Monochrom’s ISO dial goes all the way up to 100,000, and it delivers uncanny detail, but the tradeoff is a lack of contrast prior to editing.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality and design

  • Produces phenomenal photos

Cons

  • Lacks autofocus and 4K video

  • Underwhelming contrast

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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