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

Product Overview

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Leica X (Typ 113)

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Pros:

  • Fast, high-quality lens is extremely sharp
  • Analogue control dials give intuitive handling
  • Easily readable DNG raw files give impressive image quality
  • Attractive retro styling

Cons:

  • No built-in viewfinder
  • Camera limits maximum aperture at closer focus distances
  • Relatively slow top shutter speed limits ability to shoot wide open in bright light
  • Video mode is very basic

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Leica X (Typ 113) review

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Price as reviewed:

£1,550.00

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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.

Leica X ISO 100 Raw

Leica X ISO 100 Raw

Leica X ISO 200 Raw

Leica X ISO 200 Raw

Leica X ISO 400 Raw

Leica X ISO 400 Raw

Leica X ISO 800 Raw

Leica X ISO 800 Raw

Leica X ISO 1600 Raw

Leica X ISO 1600 Raw

Leica X ISO 3200 Raw

Leica X ISO 3200 Raw

Leica X ISO 6400 Raw

Leica X ISO 6400 Raw

Leica X ISO 12500 Raw

Leica X ISO 12500 Raw

  1. 1. Leica X (Typ 113) Review - at a glance
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Focusing
  5. 5. Performance
  6. 6. Image quality
  7. 7. Image quality: Dynamic Range
  8. 8. Image Quality: Detail and Noise
  9. 9. Conclusion
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  • entoman

    A beautiful-looking camera. Overpriced of course, but it’s the designer look, exclusivity and high price that makes it desirable to its intended target market. If however Leica wish potential buyers to take it seriously, they should dispense with the silly little pop-up flash, and fit a high quality EVF in its place! Until they do so, the camera remains a bit of a joke!

  • Stephen Garratt

    It looks VERY….like the new Canon EOS M MKIII.
    As an extremely pleased EOS M user (purchased at an insane low price!) , I know which camera that I would rather have and at just over 1/3rd the cost.
    My EOS M was purchased as a back up to my 5D MKIII and is giving me fantastic results.

  • Andy Whiteman

    Back in the 60s I always thought I’d love a Leica – an uncle had one – but now I’m afraid they are a bad joke – £1600 for this camera – you must be joking or stupidly rich. Come on Leica produce products that justify their absurd price tag and come on photographers don’t get sucked in by nostalgia and that little red thing.