Compared to... Panasonic GF1

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Leica X1 vs. Panasonic GF1 + 20mm F1.7 Pancake lens

Camera settings:

  • Leica X1: Manual exposure, ISO 100, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 lens (@ F6.3), ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Leica X1
Panasonic GF1
4.8 MB JPEG (4272 x 2856)
3.9 MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)

Switching from JPEG to raw again benefits both cameras enormously, and equalizes the output substantially. Although the X1 has the edge, there's really very little between the two cameras in terms of detail, and the major differences visible here are about color (and therefore more due to Adobe's profiling than anything else). However the GF1 again looks a little softer at the pixel level towards the corners as a result of the software distortion correction used by micro four thirds, but in return the X1 shows just-visible lateral CA.