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...
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.
Conclusion: People who've seen it confirm that it's a ladies' camera. It's a camera for the LEICA man's companion, but probably still bigger than she wants to carry while out and about. It's bigger than a D-Lux .
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.
Summary: The X1 is no ordinary camera. Designed very specifically to facilitate a fairly niche area of the market, its fixed 24mm (36mm equivalent) will rule out many buyers looking for something altogether different – and for less than the £1395 asking price.
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.
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 r...
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 visib...
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.
Summary: I don’t often reprise products I’ve covered previously, but a firmware upgrade for the Leica X1 ( reviewed here last year ) has made it even more extraordinary than it was then – almost a new camera, in fact.
Summary: Is this the compact camera enthusiasts have been begging for?
Pros: Excellent image quality with raw files, Sharp lens right up to edges of the frame, Beautiful, lightweight and pocket-friendly body, Analogue dials provide immediate and easy control over exposure, Reliable metering system
Cons: Slow and hesitant AF system, Below-par LCD quality, JPEG quality could be better, Priced far higher than competing models, Minimum focusing distance of 30cm can be limiting