Lieca makes relatively expensive cameras that will, in theory, let you shoot like Henri Cartier-Bresson. Their latest limited-edition piece is the Q2 Reporter wrapped in Kevlar, the material out of which they make bulletproof vests. While that sounds cool, please do not mistake this camera for a protective device.

The Q2 has a 47.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, full weather-sealing, and a Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder and shoots 4K video. It’s designed, obviously for shooting in rugged conditions and while I doubt I know a single reporter that can afford the $5,995.00 price tag, it’s nice to imagine this beast being lugged through a warzone while bullets fly overhead.

From the release:

 On November 4, as part of the Celebration of Photography in Wetzlar, Leica Camera AG announced a product variant of the full-frame compact camera, the Leica Q2, available as of now. The Leica Q2 Reporter continues a long tradition of Leica cameras that are specifically geared towards the challenging working environments of reportage and press photographers – offering maximum precision and reliability even in the most adverse conditions.

Instead of the traditional leather trim, the Leica Q2 Reporter is equipped with a ‘body armor’ made of Kevlar, a synthetic material widely used in the production of high-grade protective clothing. This is perfectly complemented by the camera’s matte-green finish, achieved with a particularly scratch and abrasion-resistant paint. The result is an exterior that is both hard-wearing and discreet.

Interestingly, Leica wants you to really put this beast through its paces.

“The Kevlar trim, which is characterized by a distinctive weave pattern, effectively protects the camera against mechanical, chemical, and thermal hazards,” the write. “Although the fabric is initially near black, exposure to natural UV rays will gradually change its tone, until it closely matches the camera’s paint finish. In addition, the Kevlar fibers become slightly more raised over time, which further improves the photographer’s grip on the camera.”

It’s quite rare for a camera company to suggest that you’re going to love to carry this thing for a decade through the shiz, but there we have it: Leica wants you to know that they’re with you for a long time not just a good time.

Hypebeasts and reporters alike take note: the camera is currently available but there is a waitlist.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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