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 X1. 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 X1 features a 12.0 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 X1.
Leica X Vario Key Features:
Leica X1 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||25% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||5 fps vs 3 fps||2 fps faster|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 230k dots||75% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||306 g vs 680 g||374 g lighter|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|External Flash Shoe||Yes | Yes||Flash Shoe available|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|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 X1 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 X1 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 374g 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 X1 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 X1, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP APS-C 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 X1 by the size of their sensors.
Leica X Vario and Leica X1 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
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 X1 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 X1|
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 X1, 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 X1 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Leica X1 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 X1|
|Announced||Jun 11, 2013||Dec 18, 2009|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm||23.6 x 15.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2||372.88 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3272||4272 x 2856|
|Max Native ISO||12,500||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||30|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio||Auto, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||680 g||306 g|
|Physical Dimensions||133 x 73 x 95 mm||124 x 60 x 32 mm|
|Battery Life||450 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC card|