A digital camera with no LCD screen??
Making a digital camera with no rear screen is a pretty dumb idea. Isn’t it?
The Leica M Edition 60 declares bells-and-whistles-free zone for those who can easily afford bells and whistles
Most devices have some element or other about them that is critical for the way they work or indeed for making them work at all. An engine in a car is an obvious example, as is perhaps a flame for a barbeque, ink for a printer and a door on a refrigerator. If we were to remove that critical element, the function of the device may become so undermined that it would become ineffective at performing the tasks we might reasonably expect of it.
Unpredictably unpredictable, Leica Camera has just launched, albeit on a limited, collectable production run of 600 units, a digital camera that does not have something we might all think essential in a digital camera: a rear screen for viewing menus or images captured. The Leica M Edition 60 comes with a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, and comes to us as some sort of Lenten celebration of the 60th birthday of the Leica rangefinder system, at which hair-shirts are compulsory attire. I can’t wait to see what they do for the 100th anniversary in 2054 – no imaging sensor perhaps.
A forward step backwards
Of course this isn’t the first LCD-free camera, but those that existed before have been left on the hillside to die, as technology has progressed and consumer acceptance of dysfunctional digital products has diminished dramatically. To read the rest of this article head to Techradar’s camera channel
I would DEFIANTLY love to try it.. I do own a Leica M9 and i shut teh LCD off on purpose. But I, like most people, do stop and “chimp” like everyone. It would be fun to “limited” for a full weekend.
I think it’s a great idea. I have been waiting for an LCD-less digital camera for a long while. I keep wishing that my cameras had screens that I could flip around like the Epson RD1 so that I could set the exposure with dials and focus on the business of taking photos instead of reviewing them on site.
The camera is amazingly beautiful but I haven’t 15 thousand euros in my pocket right now.
Whilst their cameras are jaw droppingly gorgeous and I want one more than I want my next breath… I can’t help but feel that Leicas are a bit like those RS Porsches. The more they strip it of features, the more they charge you for the privilege. Maybe it’s a German thing