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Leica X1

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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
27 April 2011
  • Conclusion: There's a little flexibility in the camera's 11-point focusing system, with high-speed focusing options in 1-point and 11-point modes, as well as a more precise spot focus option and face detection setting, although sadly video recording - HD or otherwise - is nowhere to be found. Also a shame is the 230,000dot resolution of the camera's LCD screen, which today is bettered on models a fraction of the X1's price.
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Overall 8
8.2
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 8
7.5
Performance 8
7.5
Picture quality 9
9.0
Ergonomics 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Expert Review

DP Review
21 July 2010
  • Conclusion: From the moment you pick up the Leica X1, it's a camera you want to love. So much about it is just 'right' - not just the feat of squeezing a relatively large APS-C sensor into a compact body, but also the lovely design and the fluid, intuitive analogue-style exposure controls. It's one of those tactile objects that simply begs to be picked up and used, and its silent operation means you can shoot with it in situations when a DSLR would be unacceptably intrusive.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality - at least in raw, Best high-ISO performance of any compact camera, bar none, Reliable metering and exposure, Extremely quiet in operation (AF and shutter), Straightforward control layout with analogue-style shutter speed and aperture dials, Good quality build, but still relatively small and lightweight, Well-integrated operation with external optical viewfinder, Price includes copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Cons: Autofocus distinctly slower than most, Unimpressive battery life, Accurate manual focus impossible (lens stops down uncontrollably), Low light operation relatively poor (very slow AF and screen refresh rate), Live histogram unreliable, disappears when setting exposure compensation, ISO only visible in detailed display mode; Auto ISO doesn't show selected value at all, Click stops for control dial 'A' positions not positive enough (particularly on the shutter speed dia...
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Overall 6
6.0

Leica X1

PC Magazine
12 July 2010
  • Conclusion: The Leica X1 offers the best image quality for a camera of its size, especially at higher ISO settings, but it's the least versatile shooter in its price range.
  • Pros: Excellent, sharp images. Little noise up to ISO 3200. Fast f/2.8 lens. HDMI port. Pop-up flash. Elegant design.
  • Cons: Expensive. Slow autofocus. No interchangeable lenses. Fixed focal length (no optical zoom). No video capture.
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Camera Test: Leica X1

Pop Photo
14 June 2010
  • Summary: If you enjoy shooting with manual focus and selecting aperture and shutter speed yourself, then you’ll likely enjoy the Leica X1. It is able to produce very pleasing images and, unless you plan to print very large, its resolving power should be enough for most photographers.
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 7
6.5
Features 8
7.5
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 10
9.5

Leica X1 review

What Digital Camera
9 December 2009
  • Excerpt: The Leica X1 has a large DSLR-like APS-C CMOS sensor in a compact body for the ultimate quality, but is the X1 the ultimate luxury fixed-lens compact? The What Digital Camera Leica X1 review...
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Leica X1 Hands-On Review

photographybay.com
26 October 2009
  • Excerpt: The Leica X1 is a compact camera with a fixed lens and an APS-C sized sensor. The camera has the largest sensor in it’s class, dwarfing Micro Four Thirds and the Sigma Foveon. I received some personal hands-on time with the camera. While I wasn’t able to put a card in to take samples (I handled a prototype) the short experience with the camera was overall quite positive and, in fact, it may very well be a camera that will put more pressure on other companies to start...
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Field Report: Leica X1: A “Traditionalist” Compact

Shutterbug
1 December 2007
  • Excerpt: The Leica X1 ($1,995) is a fixed focal length, non-interchangeable lens compact with a fast f/2.8 lens and 12.9MP CMOS APS-C sensor. Introduced over a year ago in silver and recently in black, it keeps apace with firmware upgrades, the most recent of which is claimed improvement of JPEG quality and enhanced AF speed in low light.
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Overall 8
7.6

Leica X1 review

Amateur Photographer
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: The Leica X1 looks and feels like a proper camera that is worthy of the Leica name, and it is capable of recording high-quality raw files. However, it is let down by its poor AF performance, low-resolution screen and intermittently slow processing. Those who have grown up using Leica M-series cameras may feel that an AF system is anathema, but the problem with focusing manually with the X1 is that the view on the LCD screen isn’t clear enough to be confident or accurate.
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Leica X1

TechRadar UK
27 April 2011
  • Excerpt: Leica's foray into the digital world may have been at a slower and more considered pace than what we're used to seeing, but working in partnership with Panasonic has nevertheless meant that it's managed to saturate a healthy range of the camera market.
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Overall 8
8.0

Leica X1 review Review

CNET
15 September 2010
  • Summary: The Leica X1 is a very well-built, cool, yet extremely expensive compact camera that is every bit a luxury item. It will more than satisfy both the photo enthusiast and the casual user wanting a top-quality camera for longer than just the holidays.
  • Pros: DSLR-sized sensor, Lovingly constructed, all-metal, compact body, Fantastically sharp lens
  • Cons: Possibly the priciest digital compact with a non-interchangeable lens
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