Leica has released a very interesting compact XU (Type 113), which is waterproof to a depth of 15 meters. The camera is equipped with a large APS-C chip, high luminous f/1.7 lens.

The Leica XU (Type 113) is based on the already well-known compact Leica X (type 113). The camera meets the IP68 standard and the manufacturer promises the possibility of shooting at depths of up to 15 meters for 60 minutes. The camera also can survive a fall from the height of 1.22 meters. The shape of the camera has been developed in collaboration with Audi Design.

The camera comes with an APS-C sensor with the resolution of 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 million pixels). The camera can shoot movies in Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) or HD (1280 × 720 pixels) at 30 frames per second in MP4 format. The XU (Type 113) gets 3″ display has the resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. You can use SD Memory Card, SDHC and SDXC. To power it, a 1600 mAh Li-Ion battery from Sanyo has been used.

All this comes for $2,950, which is not much for a “water, dust, and shockproof Leica”.

Available at camera.com for $2950