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.
Summary: You don't 'take' a picture with the X1. You Make A Photograph. The spot metering, color accuracy, response to difficult light, ease of handling shot parameters (other than framing of course) make this a scintillating box indeed. I've always tried to coax the most I could out of whatever camera was in my hand. I began with my dad's AE-1 Program, which was like cheating. I didn't know what I didn't know because the camera made up for so much of my own deficiency.
Summary: This is a great camera. Very easy to use and brings back the nice experience about taking pictures. Not just about boring point and shoot and nothing heavy slr. You will love it from the time that you open the box. Leica sells the experience with the consumer, nice legacy, nice packaging, increadible product. If you have the money, go foward. Remenber, it does not have video recording. It is about taking nice pictures.