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Leica X1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 207 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. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but there are mixed reviews on the low light performance and reliability. Many are negative about the contrast and image stabilizer.

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. Reviewers really like the lens and design. The performance and portability also get good comments, whereas the flash and price get critical views. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability and shutter.

usability, portability, performance, design, lens

price, flash

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

Dec, 2019

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

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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

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pcworld.idg.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

Jun, 2010

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