Leica Sofort 2 review: the sophisticate’s instant camera

The Leica Sofort 2 might be the classiest-looking hybrid instant camera yet, but still has all the same issues

Leica Sofort 2 hybrid camera held in a hand
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Leica Sofort 2 is a chic choice for Instax Mini enthusiasts, boasting style and sophistication, it is a truly stunning hybrid camera. However, its higher price compared to Fujifilm models doesn't bring many new features beyond its premium design. While it offers various photo styles and features enhancing prints, the Leica Fotos app falls short of Fujifilm's Instax printer apps in versatility. In terms of digital image quality, even the most budget of phones surpass it, but for snapping and printing Instax Mini prints, it absolutely excels. Its main appeal lies in the fun factor, perfect for social gatherings, making the Leica Sofort 2 a classy choice among hybrid cameras.

Pros

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    Looks great

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    Lots of filters and functions

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    Compact

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    Fun to use

Cons

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    Digital quality is very poor

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    Expensive

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Instant photos are just unstoppable, and the Instax brand has been a runaway success for Fujifilm, so it is no wonder that companies like Leica are trying to get a little piece of the action. Rather than developing its own competing cameras and film from scratch and spending big bucks to keep making the format a success, Leica has licensed technology and film from Fujifilm to get a running jump into the world of instant print cameras.

Leica's previous and only entry in the instant film game was back in 2016, with the original Leica Sofort, an instant camera based on Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 of the time. This time – with the Leica Sofort 2 – Leica is mixing the formula up a little and is stepping into hybrid cameras instead.

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Sensor1/5-in CMOS
Resolution2560 x 1920 Pixel (4.9MP)
LensLeica Summar 1:2/2.4mm (~ 28mm full frame)
Aperturef/2 to f/16
Focus range10cm to ∞
Flash0.5m - 1.5m
Display3” TFT LCD, approx. 460 000 dots
StorageInternal memory / microSD (~ 45 images internal/ ~ 850 images 1GB microSD)
BatteryRechargeable (~100 prints)
Dimensions123 mm x 86 m x 44 mm
Weight~ 320g (w/o film pack, w/ lens cap)
Instax Pal

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/fujifilm-instax-pal-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Instax Pal is a cute little camera that has one purpose only and that is to be passed around to create a library of potential Instax prints. Paired with an Instax printer and Fujifilm's app this camera can be used to download and select your favorite snaps for printing. 

Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/fujifilm-instax-mini-evo" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo is what the Leica Sofort 2 is built upon the bones of, but Fujifilm's offering can be had for around half the price of the Leica. Although the Leica arguably looks nicer, is the red dot worth the premium?

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.