For those unaware, renowned imaging company Leica offers not only instant cameras but has also ventured into portable photo printing. Well, not exactly a traditional photo printer, but a device known as the Leica SOFORT 2. This marks Leica’s second instant camera that also has the ability to print the photos it captures.

Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera

What’s intriguing is that you can even send photos taken by other devices to the SOFORT 2 using the Leica Fotos app for printing. So, in a way, my initial mention of Leica having a portable printer wasn’t entirely off the mark because the SOFORT 2 serves a dual purpose.

The new Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera seamlessly blends old and new elements. While it captures instant photos, it also offers a contemporary twist, allowing you to enhance your pictures with 10 different “Filmstyles” or filters and 10 “Lenstyles.”

The camera is equipped with a 1/5-inch CMOS sensor, paired with a fixed Leica Summar 1:2/2.4 lens, equivalent to roughly a 28 mm format, and offers an aperture range from f/2 to f/16. The sensor captures images at 4.9 MP (2,560 x 1,920 pixels) in JPG format.

Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera

It features built-in storage for approximately 45 images and a card slot compatible with microSD/microSDHC cards, supporting up to 1GB, allowing you to store around 850 images. Each image consumes about 1.2 MB, by the way.

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The SOFORT 2 operates on a rechargeable battery, which can be charged via a USB-C interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1). On a full charge, it can produce up to 100 photos.

Additional features include a focus range from 10 cm to infinity, a built-in 3″ TFT LCD with approximately 460,000 dots, automatic exposure control, a shutter speed ranging from 1/4 to 1/8000 seconds, autofocus, ISO settings ranging from 100 to 1600, a built-in flash, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, and much more.

Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera

The new Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera is available in red, black, and white, and is priced at US$389https://leicacamerausa.com/leica-sofort-2-red.html. It is set to become available on November 09, 2023, at Leica stores and authorized Leica retailers.

Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera
Leica SOFORT 2 Hybrid Instant Camera

Images: Leica.

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