This week, Leica announced the long-awaited successor to its SOFORT instant film series of cameras, aptly dubbed the SOFORT 2. It features a minimalistic, lightweight design with rounded corners and is available in black, red, and white colorways. Images are captured via a 2.4mm f/2 lens, which provides a 28mm field of view. Exposure is also controlled automatically by the camera, making operation a breeze.
The brand's latest camera enhances what was already great about the SOFORT and turns it into more of a hybrid digital camera. On the back of the camera is a 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD screen, alongside a minimalistic operation button layout. The camera's standout feature is its ability to save and print images, thanks to the new 1/5-inch digital CMOS sensor.
Indeed, combining the best parts of a mobile printer with its camera, you can print photos on the SOFORT 2 from your smartphone via the Leica FOTOS App. USB-C support, internal memory, and micro-SD card support are among the quality-of-life updates Leica has brought to the camera, as well. While the previous SOFORT had a removable battery, this time around the battery is built in, so it needs to be charged via USB.
According to Leica, the SOFORT 2 will be available to order later this year, starting on November 9, and will retail for $389. Film packs will be available in warm white and neo gold. The camera is also compatible with FUJIFILM's INSTAX MINI film.
To learn more about Leica's latest camera, visit the product page for detailed specs and features. If you have any questions about the SOFORT 2, be sure to ask in the Comments section, below!