With its 16.2-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor and fixed 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 lens, is the Leica X Vario the camera Leica enthusiasts have been waiting for? Ian Farrell finds out. Read the Leica X Vario X review...

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Leica X Vario review – The competition

The Leica X Vario doesn’t have much direct competition since it’s really the only large-sensor compact camera to feature a zoom lens. The closest competitor is Canon’s PowerShot G1 X, which has a 14-million-pixel 18.7×14.3mm sensor and a 28-112mm (equivalent) f/2.8-5.8 zoom, but this isn’t as large as the Leica’s sensor. The G1 X costs around £400.

There are plenty of fixed prime lens compacts available. Around the same price point as the Leica X Vario is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 – a full-frame compact with a fast 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens. For £2,200, the RX1 delivers staggering image quality, but it is perhaps not as versatile as the Leica. Then there’s Fujifilm’s X100S, which features an APS-C-sized sensor, a fixed 35mm f/2 lens and costs £1,000.

Perhaps more competition comes from the compact system camera market, with a body and standard zoom combination like the Fujifilm X-E1 and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS lens. The X-E1 is a similarly specified camera to the Leica, and its standard lens is not only faster but features built-in image stabilisation to keep things steady.

  1. 1. Leica X Vario at a glance:
  2. 2. Leica X Vario review - 18-46mm zoom
  3. 3. Leica X Vario review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Leica X Vario review - Metering
  5. 5. Leica X Vario review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Leica X Vario review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Leica X Vario review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Leica X Vario review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Leica X Vario review - Viewfinder, live view and video
  10. 10. Leica X Vario review - The competition
  11. 11. Leica X Vario review - Our verdict
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