Leica X-U Review

Overall 41
Imaging 13
Features 38
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 140 x 79 x 88 mm
  • Weight: 635 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Leica Typ 113

Leica X-U Summary

This review is devoted to X-U that Leica has first introduced to the public in Jan 20, 2016. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #400 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #879 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica X-U Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica X-U review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.7-16.0
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 12500
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 450 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Leica X-U With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica X-U. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica X-U

Leica X-U has the following external dimensions 140 x 140 x 88 mm (55.12 x 31.1 x 34.65″) with the weight of 635 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Leica X-U, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica X-U is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 88mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica X-U with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica X-U is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica X-U compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica X-U — 450 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Leica X-U — 88 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Leica X-U — 635 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Leica X-U‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Leica X-U Photo and Sensor Features

Leica X-U boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica X-U has the following ISO range 100 - 12500 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Leica X-U features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica X-U is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Leica X-U with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica X-U

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica X-U is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica X-U are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

X-U features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica X-U, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica X-U allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.

Leica X-U provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Leica X-U is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect X-U to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica X-U provides a shooting life of 450, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Compact category, Leica X-U offers the highest battery life that reaches 450 shots.

How Good is Leica X-U for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica X-U’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica X-U’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X-U to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica X-U for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica X-U performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X-U can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Leica X-U for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica X-U performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X-U can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large APS-C(23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (140 x 79 x 88 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Leica X-U for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica X-U performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X-U can be called a 74 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (140 x 79 x 88 mm)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12500)
  • Small battery life (450 shots)

Leica X-U for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica X-U performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X-U can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (635 g)
  • Big size (140 x 79 x 88 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Leica X-U for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica X-U performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X-U can be called a 84 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12500)

Leica X-U Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model X-U
Announced Jan 20, 2016
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 2
Flash Modes Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, on/red eye reduction, long-term synchronization/red eye reduction
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.6 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 370.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12,500
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 635 g
Physical Dimensions 140 x 79 x 88 mm
Battery Life 450 shots
Battery Type 450 shots
Battery Model BP-DC8
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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