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...
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. For those in the know, however, the combination of a large APS-C sized CMOS sensor and an f/2.8 24mm (36mm equiv.) fine lens does result in excellent images.
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.
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
The Leica X1 is a beautifully constructed hybrid digital camera with a great quality lens, but is it worth the hefty price tag?
Good Gear Guide.au
10 September 2010
Summary: The Leica X1 is beautifully engineered, and enjoys solid yet lightweight metal construction. It has a great quality lens and is capable of delivering almost three dimensional lifelike images. So what's not to like? Er, have you seen the price? Also users are 'stuck' with the one lens.
Summary: Leica X1 er ikke noe unntak, men prislappen vil nok også kunne få et par entusiasthjerter til å hoppe over et par slag. For X1 koster nemlig rundt 5000 kroner mer enn tes-tens nest dyreste kamera. Sammen med Fujifilm X100 leverer X1 testens mest intuitive manuelle kontroll, hvor blender og lukkertid justeres på to innstillingshjul øverst på kameraet. Ergonomisk er X1 fremragende, der knapper og innstillingshjul sitter perfekt plassert.
Excerpt: Leica X1 er ingen undtagelse, men prisskiltet vil nok også kunne få et par entusiasthjerter til at springe et par slag over. For X1 koster nemlig knap 5000 kroner mere end testfeltets næstdyreste kamera. Sammen med Fujifilm X100 leverer X1 testens mest intuitive manuelle kontrol, hvor blænde og lukkertid jus-teres på to indstillingshjul øverst på kameraet. Ergonomisk er X1 fremragende, hvor knapper og indstillingshjul sidder perfekt placeret.
Excerpt: Non è un'infatuazione: nel momento in cui prendiamo in mano Leica X1 è già amore. Ottica Elmarit da 24 mm e f2.8, feeling analogico e corpo macchina armonioso che racchiude un sensore APS-C , solitamente destinato alle DSLR. Le vibrazioni sono quelle giuste, almeno per chi apprezza le compatte di valore da alternare alla propria reflex digitale.