A Look Into the Possible Future of Leica Cinema Cameras

Leica Leicina VC - a possible leica cinema camera

At Photokina 2016, Leica presented an intriguing cinema camera concept – The Leica Leicina VC. With a vague definition by intent, the purpose of this design is merely to open up a look into the future of Leica cinema cameras.

Leica Leicina VC

leicina8svinstructions1The Leica Leicina VC concept borrows its design and name from their old 8mm Leicina camera dating back to the age of compact analogue filmmaking.

Even though the device is called a “Viewfinder Concept”, during my talk with Tommaso from CW Sonderoptic (see video above) I realized that this is more than a viewfinder, or even a director’s viewfinder for that matter.

The purpose of this design concept is first and foremost to hear what people imagine as the future of Leica cinema cameras and cinematic tools; a study that should spark ideas and the imagination.

Future of Leica Cinema Cameras

The Future of Leica Cinema Cameras?

The Leica Leicina VC could potentially kick off an interesting debate, but I still wish Leica had been more specific in terms of what they had in mind with this tool. We can clearly see a trend that professional cinematic tools are getting smaller and smaller. The Arri ALEXA Mini comes to mind, but the popularity and relevancy of devices like GoPro’s and DJI Oslo’s, or even 4K mirrorless cameras are a testament to the same movement.

It is no question that Leica has jumped on the train to create tools for filmmakers. Just yesterday we talked about the future of medium format video cameras. Check out my article if you haven’t read that already. So far Leica offers video features in both the Leica SL and Leica S, and with a presentation like the Leicina VC it is probably safe to say that we will see more Leica cinema cameras in the not too distant future, and I for one hope to see some advancement in this area at the next Photokina 2 years from now. Exciting times for cinema camera enthusiasts!

What do you think about Leica’s Leicina VC concept? Where will they take this and how would you imagine the future of Leica cinema cameras?

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Astral Xilef Reply
Astral Xilef October 3, 2016

whatever coverage you might give, im pretty sure 98% of your followers never/or will never use a leica because price. harsh truth.

cinema5D Reply
cinema5D October 3, 2016

So? It’s an aspirational tool. Most people interested in Lamborghinis will also never be able to afford one. Yet they are very interested in them. NL

Astral Xilef Reply
Astral Xilef October 3, 2016

we’ll dream on.

Astral Xilef Reply
Astral Xilef October 3, 2016

also, that’s one of the lamest dumb comebacks i’ve ever witnessed. what a shit useless logic. still love your site though.

cinema5D Reply
cinema5D October 3, 2016

Astral Xilef You’re welcome and we applaud your friendliness. ;) NL

Amir Kuro Reply
Amir Kuro October 3, 2016

they should work with ARRI to make the sensor

Shane Roberts Reply
Shane Roberts October 3, 2016

Dji Oslo?

Lenny October 3, 2016

well, this follower is excited about this and all Leica products. thanks for sharing

Marko Hila Reply
Marko Hila October 4, 2016

I don’t think anyone will have the spare five minutes to consider a cinema camera from greedy Leica. Sorry I got to.. Taxi!!!

Garug Garuson October 4, 2016

Looks almost like it would have a gimbal build in, maybe they should.