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Leica X1 review

Is this the compact camera enthusiasts have been begging for?

Leica X1 review: Our sample images

Colour image

While the Standard colour setting left this image lacking a bit of life, the vivid colour mode shown here has injected it with more of the vibrancy present upon capture

Metering

This scene is a good candidate for underexposure, but the X1's metering system has ensured that all the main details remain well exposed

white balance

The camera's auto white balance system does an excellent job to retain the correct mood of images, even when there's little colour detail in the image

Noise

The overall level of noise at the top sensitivity of ISO 3200 is minimal, but the camera does an excellent job to process it out of JPEGs without sacrificing detail

Colours

JPEG: While brighter areas are brought in a touch in JPEG files, their raw counterparts files show more pleasing colour

raw colour

Raw: While brighter areas are brought in a touch in JPEG files, their raw counterparts files show more pleasing colour

Detail image

Raw file: Sharpness in JPEGs is slightly higher than in raw files, but overall JPEG quality is still no match for what can be achieved with some careful raw processing

JPEG quality

JPEG file

Distortion

Distortion is well controlled

House

Railings

Wall

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameLeica
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)286 g
Flash Memory Capacity50 GB
Minimum Focus Distance300 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4272 x 2848
Maximum Frame Rate3 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height59.5 mm
Width124 mm
Depth32 mm
Autofocus Points11
Focal Length24 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesManual
ManufacturerLeica Microsystems GmbH
Product ModelLeica X1
Product NameLeica X1 Compact Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberLeica X1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.leica-camera.com
Marketing Information

The Leica X1 is now available in an elegant all-black finish that, in addition to the new colour scheme, also has a more coarsely structured leather trim than the steel-grey model. With its combination of refined styling and high-performance technical features, the LEICA X1 is the ideal companion for discerning photographers in whichever finish they prefer.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • Leica X1 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker