Fuji X100 vs. Leica X1 vs. Gf1 w/20mm pancake

Started Jan 16, 2011 | Discussions thread
Fazal Majid
Fazal Majid Senior Member • Posts: 1,361
Re: Fuji X100 vs. Leica X1 vs. Gf1 w/20mm pancake

Photohobbyfun wrote:

Anyone else considering these three cameras?
Fuji X100 - $1200

I'm sort of interested.

Leica X1 - $2000

I have one. Love the IQ, but the AF is on the sluggish side.

GF1 w/20mm pancake - 650

Had one, sold it off to upgrade to the X1. Just bulky enough to not be pocketable, and I stopped carrying it with me all the time, which defeats the point. If I am going to take a camera in a bag, it might as well be my M9.

As we go from the GF1 to the X100 to the X1 we almost double in price. So what are your reasons for picking one over the other? Comparisons show that considering all things, the X1 produces only slightly better images than the GF1 w/20mm pancake. The higher ISO performance of the X1 is negated mostly by the fast 1.7 pancake. When shooting in raw the image quality difference are said to not become readily apparent till you print larger than 13x19.

The GF1 is a decent camera, but I got more "wow" exposures out of my old DP2, and out of my X1.

Is it on image quality alone? And if it is how much better than the GF1 (or the GF3 that is rumored to be announced soon) does the IQ from the X100 have to be?

For me it is primarily on pocketable size/weight with a high level of quality. I want an EDC camera that I carry in my jacket pocket, and the GF1 is not it. The Sigma DP2 is another candidate (but even more excruciatingly slow AF than the Leica). The Sony NEX would be another if you don't mind the wideangle pancake, but I boycott Sony because of their DRM shenanigans.
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