Leica Releases New Leitz Telephone 2 With a Wickedly Highly effective Sensor
It’d come as a shock to some that iconic digicam maker Leica would construct its personal smartphone. Nevertheless, it ought to shock few folks that if the corporate does so, it could actually put money into the standard of that telephone’s digicam and sensor.
Effectively that is precisely what Leica has now executed with its new Leitz Telephone 2. The German firm has unveiled the brand new machine to the world because the successor to its 2021 launch of the Leitz Telephone 1.
The most important distinction between this new mannequin and the earlier one is that the Leitz Telephone 2 comes with twice the sensor decision of it predecessor. In line with Leica, this makes it the telephone with the biggest sensor ever on such a tool.
Now, at first look, such a declare may appear onerous to imagine. In any case, telephones from Xiaomi, Motorola and different manufacturers exist that every one declare sensors with 100 or extra megapixels of decision.
What readers ought to consider although is that megapixel decision and sensor measurement are solely correlated to some extent; they’re not exactly the identical factor.
Within the case of Leica’s new telephone, the important thing specswould be whole sensor measurement and particular person pixel measurement, that are each essential to actual photographic efficiency. We’ve lined this topic beforehand in our final deconstructions of telephone digicam decision and sensor measurement, right here and right here and likewise right here.
Thus far, we don’t understand how huge the person pixels within the Leitz Telephone 2 are, and it is a essential spec to bear in mind for gauging actual sensor efficiency.
Within the case of the Leica Leitz Telephone 2, what customers of the telephone can stay up for is a Kind 1 47.2-megapixel CMOS picture sensor that delivers supposedly excellent picture high quality whereas working “hand-in-hand” with the telephone’s additionally highly effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor.
In line with Leica, this combo of highly effective processor and sensor tech creates higher photos by letting the telephone activate completely different sensor modes based mostly on the way it analyzes scenes, lighting, environmental and different circumstances.
As Leica explains, “The result’s good high quality that’s unsurpassed within the smartphone trade — even in low lighting or with high-res photos taken in high-resolution mode,”
The corporate additionally clarifies, “The digicam makes use of particular pixels to set the autofocus and allow extraordinarily quick images that delivers sharp photos in almost any state of affairs. Photos could be saved in RAW or JPEG format.”
This new sensor within the Leitz Telephone 2 additionally contains an Octa PD-AF (section detection autofocus) system that options AI-powered topic recognition, presumably considerably just like what Sony has included in its newest Alpha digicam, the A7RV.
In any case, with these specs, Leica is promising extraordinarily quick and extremely exact AF within the telephone’s digicam.
The lens on this new Leica telephone can also be undoubtedly value describing due to its giant measurement and obvious versatility.
The Leitz Telephone 2 sports activities a 19mm f/1.9 lens that lets it seize crisply clear photos with HDR and minimal noise given its measurement and specs, in response to Leica. There’s additionally a 6x digital zoom on this important digicam.
As for the rear (selfie) digicam, it comes with a curiously extra highly effective 8x digital zoom, however solely affords a 12.6MP sensor beneath a 27mm f/2.3 lens.
Leica writes glowingly in regards to the new telephone and particularly its digicam, which is its chief promoting level. Nevertheless, when it comes to precise efficiency, we’ll should see the way it works in actual phrases, particularly when in comparison with different high-powered telephone cameras available on the market.
As a result of it is a Leica telephone and fairly an expensive one at that, Leica has additionally given it entry to a software program characteristic referred to as “Leitz Seems”. This lets customers simulate the feel and appear of pictures taken with the model’s Leica M lenses and cameras.
Together with that, the Leitz Telephone 2 can even have a definite shutter sound that it emits to recreate that traditional digicam really feel. One other setting within the Leitz Telephone 2 for a Leica camera-like expertise will likely be a digicam UI and fast settings menu which can be just like those in standalone Leica cameras.
In line with Leica, this new telephone additionally imitates the focal size and bokeh produced by the model’s personal Summilux 28mm, Summilux 35mm, and Noctilux 50mm lenses.
What’s extra, the telephone’s colour and tone filters enhance these photographic similarities additional by recreating the “deep colour tone” present in traditional Leica cameras.
These pattern photos by photographer Anju showcase what the Leitz Telephone 2 can ship:
Pattern picture credit: Anju
In the intervening time, for causes unknown to us, Leica is simply releasing the Leitz Telephone 2 on the Japanese market as of November 18th for the yen equal of roughly $1,590. The identical was the case with the Leitz Telephone 1 till it filtered out onto the worldwide market.