The Leica X (Typ 113) sports the fastest prime lens on any large-sensor compact, but is this enough to justify its premium price? Andy Westlake investigates in our Leica X (Typ 113) review
Image Quality: Detail and Noise
Leica X (Typ 113) Review – Image quality: Detail and Noise
In its JPEG Standard mode, the Leica X gives distinctly muted colours, and strong sharpening haloes are visible around high contrast edges. Images look very clean at low ISOs, but luminance noise starts showing up in the shadows at ISO 800. As we move further up through the range, we see obvious chroma noise at ISO 1600, and solid colours start to bleed into each other. By ISO 6400 shadows are blocking up completely to conceal noise, and ISO 12500 is barely usable due to noise and noise reduction.
Much better results can be had from raw, which can give stronger colours, more effective noise reduction, and vastly better rendition of fine detail. With careful processing and noise reduction we can coax vastly better results from high sensitivity settings, with even ISO 6400 looking reasonably useable.