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Leica X1

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Overall 8
8.0

Leica X1

CNET
2 days ago
  • 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.
  • Cons: Possibly the priciest digital compact with a non-interchangeable lens.
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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 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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Overall 8
7.6

Leica X1 review

Amateur Photographer
3 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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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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Overall 8
8.0

Leica X1 review

Stuff.tv
5 August 2010
  • Summary: Few camera companies can boast the pedigree and sheer brand muscle of Leica: the German firm has a reputation for stunning lenses and beautifully-made cameras that, in the hands of a skilled snapper, produce some of the very best images around. The X1 feels like an attempt to bring a premium Leica camera to the masses.
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Leica X1

PhotoReview
1 March 2010
  • Summary: A very expensive, large-sensor compact camera with intuitive manual exposure controls and support for DNG raw file capture - but not video recording.Leica's announcement of the X1 in early September 2009 took the market by surprise. Given the company's liaison with Panasonic, many analysts expected to see a version of the Panasonic GF1. But the X1 is quite different.
  • Pros: You want a compact digital camera with a large sensor and a reasonably fast prime lens., You like P, A, S and M shooting modes., You want a camera that supports DNG raw file capture and are happy to shoot and process raw files., You like to take pictures indoors under artificial lighting., You MUST have a red Leica dot on the front or your camera. Don't buy this camera if :, You're a point-and-press photographer., You require fast autofocusing. (Long capture lag times...
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Leica X1

PhotoReview
1 March 2010
  • Summary: A very expensive, large-sensor compact camera with intuitive manual exposure controls and support for DNG raw file capture - but not video recording.Leica's announcement of the X1 in early September 2009 took the market by surprise. Given the company's liaison with Panasonic, many analysts expected to see a version of the Panasonic GF1. But the X1 is quite different.
  • Pros: You want a compact digital camera with a large sensor and a reasonably fast prime lens., You like P, A, S and M shooting modes., You want a camera that supports DNG raw file capture and are happy to shoot and process raw files., You like to take pictures indoors under artificial lighting., You MUST have a red Leica dot on the front or your camera. Don't buy this camera if :, You're a point-and-press photographer., You require fast autofocusing. (Long capture lag times...
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

PC Advisor
6 January 2010
  • Excerpt: The Leica X1 is a beautifully constructed hybrid camera with a great quality lens, but is it worth the hefty price tag?
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Overall 8
8.2

Leica X1

digital-foto.no
3 December 2011
  • 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.
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