This review is devoted to X1 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Dec 18, 2009. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Leica has replaced this product with their most recent
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Leica X1 vs. X2
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #242 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #576 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Leica X1 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 X1. 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 X1 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 32 mm (48.82 x 23.62 x 12.6″) with the weight of 306 g.
The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Leica X1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica X1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 32mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica X1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica X1 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 X1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Leica X1 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 X1 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 X1 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Leica X1 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .
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 X1 features a 12.0 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.
Leica X1 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 X1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Leica X1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Leica X1 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
X1 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.
Leica X1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect X1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica X1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica X1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the X1 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 X1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X1 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 X1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 26. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 2. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X1 can be called a 2 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Leica X1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica X1 can be called a 75 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||Dec 18, 2009|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||30|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4272 x 2856|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|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|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 60 x 32 mm|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC card|