This review is devoted to X Vario that Leica has first introduced to the public in Jun 11, 2013. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Leica released to replace their older product
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
following this link:
Leica X Vario vs. X2
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #270 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #644 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Leica X Vario 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica X Vario. 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.
Leica X Vario has the following external dimensions 133 x 133 x 95 mm (52.36 x 28.74 x 37.4″) with the weight of 680 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 Vario, 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 Vario is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 95mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica X Vario with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica X Vario is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica X Vario compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Leica X Vario comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Leica X Vario comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Leica X Vario boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Leica X Vario 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 Vario 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.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Leica X Vario, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 78 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Leica X Vario’s sensor.
Leica X Vario 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 Vario with other standard sensor sizes.
Leica X Vario is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Leica X Vario are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
X Vario 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.
In addition, X Vario has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Leica X Vario, 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 Vario allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.
Leica X Vario provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Leica X Vario is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect X Vario to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica X Vario 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 Vario offers the highest battery life that reaches 450 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica X Vario’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica X Vario’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X Vario to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X Vario performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X Vario 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X Vario performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X Vario can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X Vario performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X Vario can be called a 76 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X Vario performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X Vario can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X Vario performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X Vario can be called a 88 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.
|Announced||Jun 11, 2013|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||78|
|DxO Color Depth||23.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1320|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3272|
|Max Native ISO||12,500|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||133 x 73 x 95 mm|
|Battery Life||450 shots|
|Battery Type||450 shots|