Leica has launched a camera phone (with a lens cap)! Meet the Leitz Phone 1

Leica has launched a camera phone (with a lens cap)! Meet the Leitz Phone 1
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Leica has launched its first ever camera phone, the Leitz Phone 1, a 5G handset packing a 20MP primary camera (with an optional magnetic lens cap) powered by a 1-inch sensor, along with a 12.6MP selfie camera on the rear. 

While the Leica Leitz Phone 1 isn't a collaboration with any other company, it appears to be a largely rebadged version of the Sharp Aquos R6 – a phone that was "co-engineered" with Leica, and which featured the same 20MP 1-inch sensor behind a 7-element Summicron 19mm f/1.9 ASPH lens. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.