Before a full frame X series debuts (if ever), I am happy to cling onto this one!
R. Tse, Amazon
6 November 2014
Summary: There are many new cameras on the market over the past few years but the X1 still takes better quality pictures. I heard the later X models have improved auto-focusing, but this being the first one in the series, perhaps will become a classic some day. Other limitations include a narrow usable ISO range and occasional color distortion with magenta bias.
Summary: THE LEICA LENS PRODUCES IMAGES THAT I ADMIRE OVER THE YEARS AS A LECIA USER. THE BODY AND LENS ARE QUITE COMPACT . THE LENS HOUSING AND THE BATTERY COVER SEEMS TO BE PLASTIC, I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED METAL FOR DURABILITY. LEICA SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED A VEIW FINDER AT A BETTER PACKAGE PRICE, BECAUSE YOU REALLY WILL NEED ONE.
Amazing full sensor resolution in a 11 ounce compact camera
5 January 2012
Summary: Amazing full sensor resolution in a 11 ounce compact camera The full sensor yields great results at ISO 1600 and 3200. The Elmarit lens in the X1 is normally $ 4000 in the M9 family. Focus is sharp and accurate. In good light focus is OK. In low light it is slow, bt accurate. Colors, skin tones, the Leica "3D effect" are great. You can tell a Leica picture when you see it. The Fuji X100 is 16 ounces and twice the volume as the Leica X1.
Summary: Having owned this camera for 8 months now, here is my summary review: Pros: 1) Best picture quality you will get matching higher end DSLRs; beautiful colors and depth of field 2) Excellent low light performance 3) No DSLR bulk / weight 4) Simple uncluttered user interface 5) Cool design (subjective, but it will stand out from the ubiquitous Canons and Nikons) Cons: 1) Slow to focus (especially in low light), but accurate when focused 2) Limited macro ability 3) Expensive...
Remarkable -- Images as Good or Better than My D300 at 24mm
7 December 2011
Summary: I am a keen photographer, shooting semi-professionally, with a Lightroom catalog of almost 40,000 images. My primary camera is a Nikon D300 with a slew of lenses -- 18-200 zoom; 12-24 zoom; 60mm macro and 10.5mm fisheye. I really love my D300 and consider it my primary camera when quality counts. However, it is fairly heavy and cumbersome to lug around, especially when using an Expodisk and polarizing filter for best quality outdoor scenic shots.
Summary: The Leica X1 has simply better IQ. All reviews out there say that. Steve Huff prefers the colors, the sharpness, the focus of the X1. The Fuji X100 has so much distortion it bends faces and makes them longer. The X1 lens is compared by M9 Leica users as the same IQ as a M9 with a Leica lens, a great compliment. In good light it focuses as fast as the X100. In poor light it is slower. But it nails the focus every time. The X100 Fuji is out of focus half the times.
upon further review it was as good as the price lets on
16 November 2011
Summary: Overall: yes its awesome, though not at first... But it's near grain-free, high ISO shooting at night is incredible, its compact size will make you happy you aren't lugging a backpack of dslr gear, its sleek design is sexy, and I'm sure it will impress people with its picture quality and when they hear how much it costs they will be impressed with you for affording it (if that's how you get your rocks off).