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Leica X1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 reviews of Leica X1. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the contrast and image stabilizer. Opinions about the low light performance and reliability are mixed.

performance, portability, usability, design, image quality

price, battery, focus, stabilizer , contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica X1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Leica X1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Leica X1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the lens and design are generally positive. The performance and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability and shutter, while there are some negative comments about the flash and price.

usability, portability, performance, design, lens

price, flash

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Leica X1 Digital Camera BlackLeica X1 Digital Camera Black

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : DP Review (dpreview.com)

Expert Review

 

Excellent image quality - at least in raw, Best high-ISO performance of any compact camera, bar none, Reliable metering and exposure, Extremely quiet in operation (AF and shutter), Straightforward control layout with analogue-style shutter speed and...

Autofocus distinctly slower than most, Unimpressive battery life, Accurate manual focus impossible (lens stops down uncontrollably), Low light operation relatively poor (very slow AF and screen refresh rate), Live histogram unreliable, disappears when...

From the moment you pick up the Leica X1, it's a camera you want to love. So much about it is just 'right' - not just the feat of squeezing a relatively large APS-C sensor into a compact body, but also the lovely design and the fluid, intuitive...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Leica X1

 

The Leica X1 offers the best image quality for a camera of its size, especially at higher ISO settings, but it's the least versatile shooter in its price range.

Excellent, sharp images. Little noise up to ISO 3200. Fast f/2.8 lens. HDMI port. Pop-up flash. Elegant design.

Expensive. Slow autofocus. No interchangeable lenses. Fixed focal length (no optical zoom). No video capture.

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Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Andrew Westlake (dpreview.com)

Leica X1 Review

 

If there's been one welcome development in 2009, it's the rise of relatively compact cameras with large sensors (i.e. APS-C, or the smaller Four Thirds size). For a long time Sigma seemed to be the only company willing to take a gamble on there being a...

Excellent image quality - at least in raw Best high-ISO performance of any compact camera, bar none Reliable metering and exposure Extremely quiet in operation (AF and shutter) Straightforward control layout with analogue-style shutter speed and...

Autofocus distinctly slower than most Unimpressive battery life Accurate manual focus impossible (lens stops down uncontrollably) Low light operation relatively poor (very slow AF and screen refresh rate) Live histogram unreliable, disappears when...

From the moment you pick up the Leica X1, it's a camera you want to love. So much about it is just 'right' - not just the feat of squeezing a relatively large APS-C sensor into a compact body, but also the lovely design and the fluid, intuitive...

Dec, 2009

Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Leica X1 Review

 

The Leica X1 is a 12.2 megapixel compact camera with a 36mm fixed lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. The X1 has an APS-C sized, 23.6x15.8mm CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which promises to deliver similar image quality to a DSLR camera. The...

The Leica X1 is a camera of extremes, offering a compelling blend of stunning design, fantastic handling and superlative image quality, but ultimately suffering from a pared-back feature set, sluggish responsiveness and a sky-high price-tag. The...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : George Schaub (shutterbug.com)

Leica X1: A “Traditionalist” Compact

 

The Leica X1 ($1,995) is a fixed focal length, non-interchangeable lens compact with a fast f/2.8 lens and 12.9MP CMOS APS-C sensor. Introduced over a year ago in silver and recently in black, it keeps apace with firmware upgrades, the most recent of...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (popphoto.com)

Camera Test: Leica X1

 

With a look that reminds us of a 1920s-era Leica A (if it were modified for the digital age), Leica's X1 hopes to offer a high-end approach, with a classic feel, to the compact camera. The twist is that this $2,000 (street) model contains a 12.2MP...

Simple controls; rugged build

Sluggish autofocus in dim light

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (goodgearguide.com.au)

Leica X1 digital camera

 

The Leica X1 is a beautifully constructed hybrid digital camera with a great quality lens, but is it worth the hefty price tag?

Large sensor, takes amazing images

Expensive, no interchangeable lens system

The Leica X1 is beautifully engineered, and enjoys solid yet lightweight metal construction. It has a great quality lens and is capable of delivering almost three dimensional lifelike images. So what's not to like? Er, have you seen the price? Also...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Leica X1 review

 

Don't go for a DSLR, says Leica – go for a premium compact bursting with retro cool instead. So should you?

Pricey and a tad limited in scope and skill, but takes fantastic snaps if you know how to use it. And it’s one of the most stylish cameras around

Aug, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Don't go for a DSLR, says Leica – go for a premium compact bursting with retro cool instead. So should you?

Pricey and a tad limited in scope and skill, but takes fantastic snaps if you know how to use it. And it's one of the most stylish cameras around

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (techradar.com)

Leica X1 review

 

Is this the compact camera enthusiasts have been begging for?

Excellent image quality with raw files ; Sharp lens right up to edges of the frame ; Beautiful, lightweight and pocket-friendly body ; Analogue dials provide immediate and easy control over exposure ; Reliable metering system

Slow and hesitant AF system ; Below-par LCD quality ; JPEG quality could be better ; Priced far higher than competing models ; Minimum focusing distance of 30cm can be limiting

Crucially, what the X1 sets out to do it does well: that is, to provide high-quality images in a small and compact body

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: No

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):260
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-DC8

Camera

Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Vivid
Self-timer:2,12
Self-timer delay:2,12
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Flash, Manual, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black / Grey, Stainless steel

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Field of view:100

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.3 - ∞
Manual focusing range (wide):0.3 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.6 - ∞

Lens System

Fixed focal length:0.945
Lens structure:8/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):8/6

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto
Light exposure modes:Auto

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Internal memory:50

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:30 - 1/2000
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP, Vista, 7\nMac OS X +
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.88 x 1.26 x 2.34
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Lens system:LEICA ELMARIT
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image Stabilizer: No
Megapixel:12.9
Sensor Type:CMOS

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: No

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.26
Height:2.34
Weight:10.1
Width:4.88