Leica Camera acquires Fjorden Electra AS company, launches Leica LUX app

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Fresh off the acquisition of app developer and accessories maker Fjorden Electra AS, Leica Camera AG launched the Leica LUX app, a professional camera app that brings the Leica Look to the iPhone. The freemium app, which has a $69.95 annual subscription, caters to both seasoned photographers and beginners, offering features suitable for anything from quick snapshots to artistic compositions. the company says.

Leica LUX

With Leica LUX, users can experiment with well-known Leica lenses without having to physically take a camera in their hands. In ‘Aperture-Mode’, iPhone photographers can take pictures with the characteristic signatures of a range of classic Leica lenses, among them, the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH and the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/1.2 ASPH. Thanks to Leica’s proprietary image processing engine, grounded in machine learning and computer-aided photography, these lens simulations reproduce the unmistakable look for which these lenses are renowned, including, of course, the characteristic bokeh effect.

Leica LUX uses Leica color science to offer a selection of color gradations and film presets that emulate those of Leica cameras, including options such as Leica Classic, Leica Contemporary, and Leica Black and White. When using the Leica Standard Look, the proprietary image processing in Leica LUX already displays colors and contrast differently and more naturally than the native iPhone camera app, the company says. With Leica LUX, the iPhone camera becomes the key to a world of powerful artistic expression, rich textures, and nuances. Each Leica Look has been developed to lend the captured image depth and character.

Leica LUX features a powerful and intuitively usable automatic mode while also offering photographers creative freedom through manual control of important parameters such as exposure compensation or shutter speeds. This means that every aspect of a photo can be composed to reflect the photographer’s personal preferences. Whether used by an experienced professional or an enthusiastic amateur, Leica LUX is a tool that enables all photographers to capture professional images and simultaneously maximize their creative freedom. The unique feature: the app is regularly updated with new Leica lens profiles, Leica Looks and functions.

Leica Camera AG acquired Fjorden Electra AS

As of Dec.1, 2023, Leica Camera AG acquired the Norwegian company Fjorden Electra AS as part of the Leica LUX development initiative. The acquisition took place within the framework of developing new business areas in the Mobile Business segment. Terms weren’t disclosed.

According to a press release, the business models of both companies ideally complement one another: Fjorden Electra AS brings extensive knowledge in the development of apps and smartphone accessories, while the Leica Camera AG Mobile Imaging development team contributes its expertise in the areas of image processing and imaging quality.

Fjorden Electra AS company has registered three patents and won a 2022 iF Design Award for its Fjorden Grip for iPhone photography, 15,000 of which have been sold since its market launch.

“With the takeover of Fjorden, we systematically press ahead with our strategic growth strategy and further consolidate our positioning in the smartphone photography segment. In the future, customers will benefit from the combined expertise of two innovation leaders who have bundled their core competencies to open up new creative capabilities in smartphone photography,” said Marius Eschweiler, Vice President Business Unit Mobile, Leica Camera AG.

Fjorden Grip adds compact camera functions to iPhones.

“Our vision was to bring more joy and professionalism to mobile phone photography,” said Dr. Victor Henning, founder and CEO of Fjorden Electra AS. “The iconic Leica cameras were role models in our development processes when it comes to functionality, design and haptics. As long-standing Leica fans, our team is eager to further develop this vision as a part of Leica and simultaneously benefit from the company’s technical and optical excellence.”

Leica LUX will be offered as a so-called ‘Freemium’ model: the free version of Leica LUX includes access to the Automatic Photo mode and the Aperture Mode, including emulation of the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. and five Leica Looks.

Leica LUX Pro (from $6.99 per month) additionally enables access to manual control of the exposure, focus, and white balance and the complete current range of 11 Leica Looks and five Leica lenses. The range of functions, including access to exclusive Leica content and events and a series of other functions, is being continually expanded.