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Leica X1 review

Is this the compact camera enthusiasts have been begging for?

Our Verdict

Crucially, what the X1 sets out to do it does well: that is, to provide high-quality images in a small and compact body


  • Excellent image quality with raw files
  • Sharp lens right up to edges of the frame
  • Beautiful, lightweight and pocket-friendly body
  • Analogue dials provide immediate and easy control over exposure
  • Reliable metering system


  • Slow and hesitant AF system
  • Below-par LCD quality
  • JPEG quality could be better
  • Priced far higher than competing models
  • Minimum focusing distance of 30cm can be limiting

Leica X1 review: Specification

Sensor APS-C CMOS sensor, 12.9MP total, 12.2MP effective
Lens Lecia Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH
Memory SD, SDHC, internal memory approx. 50MB.
Viewfinder none (optional optical viewfinder available)
LCD Screen 2.7in TFT, 230,000dots
Video resolution n/a
ISO range ISO 100-3200
Focus modes 1-point, 1-point High speed, 11-point, 11-point High speed, Spot, Face Detection
Max burst rate 3fps
Shutter speeds 30-1/2000sec.
Weight 286g (without battery), 306g (with battery)
Dimensions 124 x 32 x 59.5mm
Power supply BP-DC8 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (supplied)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
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
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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesManual
ManufacturerLeica Microsystems GmbH
Product ModelLeica X1
Product NameLeica X1 Compact Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberLeica X1
Manufacturer Website Address
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