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Leica X1


Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Leica X1

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The Leica X1 is a compact digital camera with a large APS-C size image sensor -- the camera enthusiasts have been waiting for. The Leica X1 has leapfrogged all its competitors in one bound, and redefines the standard by which all compact digital cameras will be judged against.

In look and feel, the Leica X1 is distinctly a Leica M design, with an all-metal construction and high-quality leather trim. It has a f/2.8 36mm (equiv.) fixed focal length lens that is not interchangeable.

Leica X1 with optional Viewfinder and Handgrip

There is no built-in viewfinder. An optional optical viewfinder can be slotted into the hot shoe. A LED on the viewfinder indicates AF has locked successfully. There is also an optional handgrip that screws into the tripod socket.

The LCD monitor is 2.7-in. with 230K dots resolution.

Leica X1 top view

PASM modes mean the photographer can let the camera decide the exposure settings or take full control. AF is Contrast Detect; manual focusing is possible. On top of the camera, there is the obligatory shutter speed dial; as well, there is a smaller aperture dial just behind the shutter release button.

Leica X1 pop-up flash

There is a pop-up flash that can be used for fill-in flash.

An ISO range from 100-3200, the large APS-C sensor, and the fast lens all combine to make available light photography possible.

The Leica X1 has ushered in the new age of digital cameras. At last, consumers can start looking forward to more compact digital cameras with large image sensors that will allow them to take photography when and where they like -- with image quality that up to now could only be obtained by using a DSLR.


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Leica X1
QuickFact™ Sheet
Leica X1
Image Sensor 12.2 million pixels, APS-C CMOS sensor
8 elements in 6 groups, 1 aspherical lens
Optical Zoom n/a
Image Stabilizer n/a
Storage Media Built-in memory (approx. 50 MB), SD memory card, SDHC memory card.
Viewfinder Optional Optical Viewfinder
Aperture F2.8 - F16.0 (1/3EV steps)
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/2000 sec
Burst Shooting Mode 3 fps/2 fps. Max. pictures in JPEG fine+DNG: 6 pictures.
Ezposure Program automatic / Aperture priority automatic / Shutter priority automatic / Manual
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center weighted / Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Autofocus Contrast Detect
White Balance Auto / Halogen / Daylight / Flash / Cloudy / Shadow/ Manual 1 / Manual 2
White Balance Adjustment (2 axis)
LCD Monitor 2.7" LCD (230K Pixels) TFT. Field of view: 100%.
Movie n/a
Dimensions (W x H x D) 124 x 59.5 x 32 mm
Weight Approx. 286 g
MSRP US $ / CAD $ / UK £

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Leica X1
QuickFact™ Sheet
Leica X1
Lens LEICA ELMARIT 1:2.8/24 ASPH., 8 elements in 6 groups, 1 aspherical lens
Optical zoom no
Digital zoom no
Focal distance f=24 mm (35 mm equivalent: 36 mm)
Aperture F2.8/F16.0 (1/3 EV steps)
Focusing area Normal: 60 cm - infinity, macro: 30 cm - infinity, manual focus: 30 cm - infinity.
AF metering range 1-point, 1-point high speed, 11-point, 11-point high speed, spot, face detection.
AF assist lamp yes
Image Sensor 12.2 effective megapixels, APS-C CMOS sensor, 12.9 megapixels.
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200.
White balance Auto, halogen, daylight, flash, cloudy, shadow, manual 1, manual 2; White balance adjustment (2 axis).
Exposure Program automatic, aperture priority automatic, shutter priority automatic, manual.
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, -3 to +3 EV.
Auto bracketing 1/3 – 3 EV step, 3 frames.
Light metering Intelligent multiple, center weighted, spot.
Shutter speed 30–1/2000 s
Self timer 2 s, 12 s.
Auto review 1 s, 3 s, 5 s, hold.
Film mode Standard, vivid, natural, BW natural, BW high contrast.
Recording format JPEG, DNG.
Aspect ratio 3:2
Resolution 4272 x 2856 pixels (12.2 megapixel), 3264 x 2160 pixels (7 megapixel), 2144 x 1424 pixels (3megapixel), 1632 x 1080 pixels (1.8 megapixel).
Image quality JPEG super fine, JPEG fine, DNG+JPEG super fine, DNG+JPEG fine.
Motion picture no
Burst shooting mode 3 fps/2 fps. Max. pictures in JPEG fine+DNG: 6 pictures.
Built-in-memory approx. 50 MB
Built-in-flash Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Forced on, Forced on+Red-eye, Slow Sync., Slow Sync.+Red-eye reduction, Studio first curtain, Second curtain can be set.
Hot shoe Yes. Compatible with SF24D, SF58.
LCD display 2.7" LCD (230K Pixels) TFT. Field of view: 100%.
Playback mode 16-thumbnail display, zoomed playback (16x Max.), image rotation, protection.
Storage medium Built-in memory (approx. 50 MB), SD memory card, SDHC memory card.
Microphone no
Speaker yes
Interface HDMI output , USB (USB 2.0 High Speed).
Power supply Li-ion battery pack (included).
Battery capacity approx. 260 exposures (CIPA-standard).
Battery charging time 200 min.
Included Accessories LEICA BP-DC8 rechargeable battery
Battery charger (LEICA BC-DC8), Protective battery cover
Leather carrying strap
USB cable
Lens cap
AdobePhotoshop Lightroom™ (download option after product registration)
Dimensions (W x H x D)

124 x 59.5 x 32 mm

Weight (Camera body only) 286 g (without rechargeable battery).

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