So Leica has a new product to be announced on June 11th. Here’s my prediction on what the new Mini M is going to be:
- It will be an interchangeable mount. I think it’s going to be a brand new AF mount but will come with an adapter to mount existing M-mount lenses
- It will have the same sensor technology (CMOSIS) as the M240, but it will have 1.5x or 1.33x crop factor.
- It will not have a viewfinder, supports the same EVF as the M240.
- It will not be manufactured in Germany. In fact, it may be OEM’ed by Panasonic and may share the same internals with the rumored Panasonic L1 revival.
It will be autofocus. AF technology isn’t exactly alien to them (they have the S2, after all). Making it MF-only wouldn’t make a lot of sense even with focus-peeking; the lack of AF alone would drive away potential buyers (i.e., the ones looking at the somewhat-oversaturated mirrorless market)
This will drive the cost of used M8s in the market and even get more people to at least try digital M’s for a relatively even cheaper pricepoint.
In any case, it’s a good move for Leica.