Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Large Sensor Compact category, introduced by Leica. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are X Vario and D-Lux. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. Thus, Leica X Vario comes with a 16.0 MP CMOS sensor, while the Leica D-Lux features a 13.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Leica X Vario and Leica D-Lux.
Leica X Vario Key Features:
Leica D-Lux Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 13.0 MP||18.8% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||39.7% larger pixel area|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Battery Life||450 shots vs 300 shots||150 more frames with a single charge|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 5 fps||6 fps faster|
|Flash Range||7 vs No||7 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||49 vs 11||38 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 920k dots||0.1% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||405 g vs 680 g||275 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs No||0.7 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 13.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Leica X Vario and Leica D-Lux from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Leica D-Lux is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 275g less than the Leica X Vario. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Leica X Vario and Leica D-Lux any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Leica X Vario features a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Leica D-Lux, in its turn, comes with a 13.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Leica X Vario and Leica D-Lux by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Leica X Vario has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Leica D-Lux. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Leica X Vario and Leica D-Lux in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Leica X Vario||Leica D-Lux|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Leica X Vario or Leica D-Lux, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Leica X Vario and Leica D-Lux here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica D-Lux deserves a higher Total Score than the Leica X Vario. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Leica X Vario||Leica D-Lux|
|Announced||Jun 11, 2013||Sep 23, 2014|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||13.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3272||4112 x 3088|
|Max Native ISO||12,500||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||200|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,764k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||680 g||405 g|
|Physical Dimensions||133 x 73 x 95 mm||118 x 66 x 55 mm|
|Battery Life||450 shots||300 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)|