Sorry to already shatter your expectations. An exception to the mostly mainstream camera gear we’re scoping today is this working prototype of Leica’s super-high-end S2 DSLR, a spartan tank of a 37-megapixel camera.
It’s heavy, like a piece of war equipment, and feels like its built to withstand aerial bombardment—though it’s supposedly a bit lighter than Canon’s pro camera 1Ds Mark III. Its sensor size is not quite medium format, but it falls in that range—way bigger than the 35mm-size full-frame pro cameras like the 1Ds or Nikon’s D3. It’s for studio pros who need massive sensors and megapixels, and will have an accordingly ridiculous pro price.
What I love about it is the interface and design—the back is absolutely barren compared to most cameras, with just a dial, a switch and four buttons for its quadrant-style menu system. Each button dives into a single section, where you adjust the relevant settings. Another neat touch is the focusing setup. Hold the shutter down halfway as usual to auto-focus, but if you want to switch manual, you don’t have to slide a toggle—just turn the focus ring.
It’s coming out later this summer for a pro photographer or super-rich guy near you. But it’s always nice to window shop, yeah?