Leica announced the new T system yesterday. It is a camera with a form factor similar to Sony NEX cameras, built from a solid block of aluminum in a way comparable to Apple's unibody enclosures used in MacBooks. The control scheme is simple - two dials (for aperture and exposure compensation) as well as a 3,7" high-resolution touch screen on the back. The screen offers instant access to all functions, including changing shutter speed, ISO, drive mode and so on. The camera body features a very simple and innovative design. It's beautiful and the build quality should be a step above the competition. It features a built-in flash, a standard hot shoe, auto focus (about as fast as a first generation NEX-5) and click-in strap connectors which allow you to connect a strap by just clicking it in - much faster than the traditional way of connecting a strap. There is no battery door, the batteries simply use an aluminum plate at the bottom to be flush with the body. The Leica T features 1080p and 720p video, both at 30 frames per second. The body retails for €1800, an external electronic viewfinder is available for €700. The camera uses a new mount with a 16 MP APS-C sized sensor. Currently, there are two lenses. A 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom for €2000 which seems similar in quality to the lens of the Leica X-Vario and a 23mm f/2 prime for €1700. It's smaller than the Sony Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 and I expect it to offer better control for chromatic aberrations and better corner sharpness wide open than the Zeiss lens. Two more zoom lenses - a wide angle and a tele one - are currently under development. More, including samples and videos, on the Leica website. http://de.leica-camera.com/Fotografie/T-System/Die-Leica-T-Geschichte Why do I think it is a serious NEX competitor? Simple: Because there is no high-end APS-C NEX body currently. If Sony decides not to replace the NEX-7 within the next two years, I might as well consider to switch to the Leica T system - if they have some more primes by then, of course. The control scheme seems better than any NEX until now, except the NEX-7. The build quality and the design are superior too, and it has no pointless buttons like most NEX cameras. I love the E-Mount Zeiss lenses, but if Sony won't offer a matching body when I ever need a new one, I strongly consider this system as a worthy replacement. How do you feel about the Leica T system?