Leica is a respected institution in photography, and rightly so. Over the last 100+ years, the company has mastered the crafts of making exceptional lenses, designing beautiful bodies, and creating a palpable aura of superiority around all of its products. That's what it wants to do with the Leica X-U too. It's the camera Leica wants you to own if you're already loaded down with cameras and need a great running around shooter that can also get slapped, dropped, and drowned. This isn't a first camera to own. It's a second or third. Unfortunately the Leica X-U might be at home in the wet, but falls short as a speedy spare.