Shown only under glass, one of the scene-stealers at the PMA 2004 trade show was a digital rangefinder camera that clearly traces its lineage to the Voigtlander Bessa R-series cameras.
The digital rangefinder was on display at the Epson booth, with little information released: it is being co-developed by Epson and Cosina (maker of the Bessa line of Voigtlander-branded cameras) and that more details about the camera will be revealed mid-March 2004.
It was possible to discern from the two bodies on display that it will accept Leica-M bayonet mount lenses, that it's a true optical rangefinder and that its rear LCD display can tilt, swivel and be turned inwards to the body, thereby masking the only obvious outward indication that the camera is digital.
While Leica has recently announced its intention to build an M-type digital rangefinder camera of its own, Epson and Cosina appears poised to be first to ship a model that is essentially that: a digital Leica M.
Digital Photography Review and Imaging Resource have posted through-the-glass pictures of the camera.