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LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R: 10mp digital back for LEICA R8 and R9 film cameras

German Leica posted the official press release about the new LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R digital back for transforming LEICA R8 and LEICA R9 film cameras (announced at Photokina 2002) into digital devices with 10mp CCDs. The novelty is to be showcased at the forthcoming Photokina 2004 in Cologne.

LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R´s main features include: 10mp CCD, 1.37x focal length extension factor, SD cards support, IEEE1304 (Firewire). The module consists of the back itself and a power supply. It will be offered as an accessory for LEICA R8 and R9 for transforming tem into a 35mm hybrid, which can be used as both digital and analog device. The novelty will support all Leica R lens.

Backís software and controls have been developed together with Danish Imacon A/S. The 10mp CCD has been exclusively made for LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R by Kodak Image Sensor Solutions (ISS). At that sensorís pixel size makes 6.8 microns, with the effective area measured 26.4x17.6mm. The sensivity ranges from ISO 100 to at least ISO 800.

With LEICA DIGITAL-MODUL-R back installed, the camera will be sized 158x140x89mm, resembling the dimensions of LEICA R8 / R9 connected to Motor-Drive R.

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