Underwater with the Leica X-U

By: Todd Winner


The Leica X-U is built for the toughest conditions! Its shockproof, dust and water sealed design make it the perfect expedition camera but it’s equally at home at the beach, on a boat or even by the pool. While not designed to be a primary underwater camera, it is waterproof to depths of 15 meters. So….. I decided to take it down for a dive and see what it could do!

Todd Winner-1010443

The X-U is made in Germany and continues Leica’s tradition of simple elegant designs. The aperture and shutter speed dials are fast and intuitive. The rubberized buttons and shutter release are easy to use even with dive gloves. It features a unique underwater mode that adapts white balance and distortion correction to underwater conditions. The integrated flash above the lens is a nice feature and works well but note, if you use this or any on camera flash underwater, you will probably get a fair amount of backscatter.

Todd Winner-1010422

It comes equipped with 16 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor and a fixed Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 lens. It delivers exceptional picture quality, even in low light and the Leica X-U can capture cinema quality video footage in full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second. Overall this is exceptional adventure camera. It’s small and light for use in the pool or snorkeling and the fact that you can take it on a shallow dive and get good images only adds to its value.

Todd Winner

Todd Winner is a contributor, instructor, and trip leader for Samy’s Underwater Photo & Video and has over 20 years of experience in underwater still and broadcast video. To see more of Todd’s work please go to www.toddwinner.com. For the latest information on workshops and trips, sign up for .our newsletter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s