Leica Camera has released details of its first instant camera, the Leica SOFORT, which is due to go on sale in November.


Leica’s new instant camera, the Leica SOFORT, orange version. (Source: Leica Camera.)

Designed to use ISO 800 Instax film, the SOFORT will be offered in three colours: white, orange and mint. It has a 60mm f/12.7 lens with equivalent coverage to a 34mm lens on a 35mm camera, with three focus positions: 30-60 cm (Macro), 60 cm to 3 m (Standard) and 3 m to infinity (Landscape). Shutter speeds range from 1/8 to 1/400 second (mechanical shutter). The camera is equipped with an optical real image viewfinder that offers  0.37x magnification with target spot and parallax compensation for macro mode. Shooting modes on the mode dial include Automatic, Selfie, People & Party,  Action & Sport, Bulb, Macro, Self-Timer and Double Exposure. Three steps of exposure compensation are supported: -0.7, 0.0 and +0.7 EV. A built-in electronic flash is provided with auto brightness adjustment and a selection of Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Forced On with red-eye reduction modes. The camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that is rated for 100 pictures at 20oC.

A comprehensive range of accessories for both the camera and its pictures will be available including camera straps and cases in matching colours and SOFORT Storage Boxes as well as postcards, photo albums and presenter holder. Both colour and monochrome films will be offered in packs of 10 exposures. Colour films will also be sold in 20-exposure packs.  To reflect the nostalgic character of instant photography, the frames of Leica SOFORT photos are kept in a warm shade of cream.

Visit https://uk.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-Sofort for more information.