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What's the problem?   Stating the obvious, it is what it is - it's essentially an X2 with zoom.   Stating the obvious, so far as the aperture is concerned, you can't re-write the laws of optics. If you want to maintain the optical quality that Leica want, and keep the physical size of the lens compatible with the rest of the camera, then this is what you get....   ...And it's got a decent sized sensor in a relatively compact body.   Stating the obvious, it's not cheap because it's mad

IMHO, it has to be an M 240 without the RF. Anything else and it will be a total failure. People are already using M glass on all sorts of crop sensor mirrorless bodies. Why should they buy an expensive Leica when they do the same on a Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic... etc. Besides, the R&D for such camera has all been done already, with the M 240. With the rumored Nex 9 FF coming next year, this is the only remaining field for Leica to be a pioneer, and actually protect itself from the Nex

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I'm going to guess it's a fixed lens full frame with live view only similar to the Sony RX-1.

 

If it had a fixed lens I believe Leica would have called it an X something.

 

I believe it will be an M with no rangefinder. Same sensor. Probably no built in eye level viewfinder, but with the optional EVF (or rear LCD) for framing.

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here's what i found on Overgaard's site based on Stefan Daniel's comments about this camera in 2010...apparently it's been in the works for a LONG time.

 

 

 

"A Leica mini-M seem to be under development and will - according to Stefan Daniel at a speech back in September 2010- not be ready for Photokina 2012... So we are talking later than that. But what we do know is that they are aiming at a mirrorles camera (the Leica M has always been mirrorless, but we're probably talking CMOS sensors that will enabe live view and thus focus confirmation). This camerea will also contain the R-solution which means that it will be able to take R lenses and offer focus confirmation for these."

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