Leica X1

Announced Sep 9, 2009 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 35 mm
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Announced Sep 9, 2009
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Released alongside the M9 rangefinder, the Leica X1 is an equally classy-looking (and expensive) compact camera with a large APS-C sensor and a fixed 35mm equivalent field-of-view F2.8 autofocus lens. Featuring a design reminiscent of M-series rangefinders, complete with analogue-style shutter speed and aperture dials, the camera offers a choice of fully automatic or manual control. A 2.7"" LCD and 12Mp CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 3200 round off the specification.

The X1's image quality is excellent when shooting in raw, but not for the first time with a Leica, somewhat let down by the JPEGs. So if you're looking for a small camera which produces top notch out-of-camera JPEGs even in low light, it's not your best choice - especially considering the excellence of the Olympus E-P1's output. The sheer quality of the X1's DNG files, though, does mean that they will stand up to extensive post-processing very well. The biggest problem when drawing a final conclusion on the X1 is of course the typical Leica price tag - this is the most expensive compact camera on the market by a huge margin.

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Review, Dec 18, 2009
Article, Sep 9, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 4272 x 2856
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 35 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Storage types SD/SDHC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 306 g (0.67 lb / 10.79 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 60 x 32 mm (4.88 x 2.36 x 1.26)

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