Leica Sofort Review

7.7
Expert Rating

The Leica Sofort Instant camera may not be the best Instant Film camera for the price, but it certainly is one of the best looking. It carries the famous Leica red dot branding up front, has an Automatik-Hektor 60mm f/1.27 lens, a square design, and has a rechargeable battery. The camera is compatible with Leica or Fujifilm Instax mini film, which are affordable. If you want to keep your camera stable while you’re taking pictures, read our Lomography Spinner 360 review too.

Why We Like It – Leica Sofort Review

The Leica Sofort is a fun and good looking instant camera with a colourful square profile. It has a three-zone manual focus lens that’s easy to use and provides good quality images. The camera also features several shooting modes, an optical viewfinder, manual exposure compensation, and a rechargeable battery.

Pros
  • Automatik-Hector 60mm f/12.7 lens
  • Integrated Tripod socket and beautiful design
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Shutter button placement

Performance

The Sofort Leica is a great tool for instant photography, as it features a 60mm f/12.7 lens, which is 35mm full-frame equivalent. Leica has designed a three-zone manual focus system that lets you focus between 11.8 and 0.37-inches. It has an optical viewfinder, as most instant cameras do, but features a target spot for easy framing. The mechanical shutter can be adjusted for speeds between ⅛ and 1/400 seconds. If you’re looking for something that offers similar performance at a cheaper price, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Camera is a good alternative.

Design

Leica cameras usually feature a retro design, and that’s exactly what you get with the Sofort. It has the retro square design with a faux leather band on the outside. The focus distance controls are available via a ring around the lens, and is easy to use. The body is made from plastic, but the overall design gives it a premium look and feel. However, the square form factor does make it uncomfortable to hold, and we suggest using the included strap. The Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera is the one to get if you want a modern design.

Value

The Leica Sofort costs a lot of money, especially when compared to other instant cameras with similar features. However, the faux leather wrap, the square retro design, the sturdy build, and the red Leica logo, make it worth the money. It also features several shooting modes such as Self-portrait, Action, Macro, Self-Timer, Double exposure, and Automatic. Another great thing about the camera, is that it uses cheap Instax film, and comes with a rechargeable battery. You could also try the Canon IVY CLIQ, which offers better value for money.

Leica Sofort Review Wrap Up

The Leica Sofort instant camera offers a beautiful design, retro looks, and the infamous Leica branding. It comes with a 60mm f/12.7 lens with three-zone focus, a rechargeable battery, and integrated tripod socket. The camera has intuitive controls, and works with the affordable Instax film. On the other hand, the Sofort is quite expensive and also has badly placed shutter buttons that take some time to get used to.

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Sid Suvarna

Having dedicated over eight years on writing about consumer electronics and enlightening the readers on every new gadget on the block, Sid has traced the evolution of smartphones. He also loves cars, listening to music, driving, and his dog Chewie. When not writing, he can be found relaxing and watching movies or traveling.

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