The R7 was Leica's SLR-camera of the mid-1990s. It was launched in 1992 and remained in production until 1997. It replaced the R5 and RE in the R-system lineage of cameras, since the R6 and R6.2 as fully mechanical cameras represented deviations from the general development path of increasingly incorporating electronic features. Indeed, the Leica R7 was sold in parallel to the (more expensive) R6.2 throughout its entire lifetime.
The R7 was the first Leica with fully automated TTL flash control. It also added digital display of shutter speed in the viewfinder with backlighting, as well as automatic DX film sensitivity setting (with manual override). The additional electronics required that the camera's base be extended by 10.7 mm to create sufficient space for the components. The R7 is also about 45g heavier than its predecessors, but otherwise retains the body configuration of the R4/R5/R6, which in turn had been inspired by the Minolta XD-11 (XD-7 in Europe). The Leica R7 was available in black and silver chrome finish.