Watch out, Instax – a new Leica instant camera is on the way

Leica Sofort
(Image credit: Leica)

Leica could be resurrecting its Sofort instant camera, but this time in hybrid form, following a new FCC registration earlier this month. 

The original Leica Sofort was technically one of the best instant cameras when it launched in September 2017, though it came with a steep $300 price tag in the US that made its lo-fi features inexplicably expensive (since it was effectively an Instax Mini Neo Classic, launched in 2013 for $200). 

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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.