Leica's little black number has instant appeal

With most Leicas costing thousands, the Sofort instant film camera is definitely the cheapest way of getting yourself a Leica camera. Its instax print analogue camera was first launched in 2016 in a pale green 'mint' finish – but is now can be found in a number of different color schemes. 

Now the Leica Sofort is being made available in black – and will be shown off at Photokina 2018 - but with the letters SOFORT written in large white type diagonally across the body.

The camera uses the same widely-available instax mini film that is used by many other instant cameras, including Fujifilm's popular instax mini 90 and instax mini 70 models. The film is available in black and white, as well as color. The camera and film create credit card-sized prints measuring 54x86mm, which have an image area of 46x62mm.

Four different shooting modes are provided – Automatic, Party & People, Sport & Action, Macro. There are options for multiple and time exposures, and the self timer provides two different delay trigger options. Selfies are made easier by the provision of a rectangular mirror on the front of the camera.

The focusing can be adjusted manually, in any program mode, with the ability to set a macro (0.3-0.6m) or long-distance focus (3m to infinity).

Key features of the camera include:

Minimum shooting distance: 60cm
Shooting modes: Macro, Bulb, Automatic, Party and people, Sport and Action, Double Exposure, Selfie
Flash: Built-in (automatic and manual)
Self-timer: Yes (2 secs or 10 secs)
Viewfinder: Optical
Film type: Instax mini
Dimensions: 124x94x58mm
Weight with battery: 325g

The Leica Sofort Black is available now priced £275.

Leica Sofort – color options

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.