Overall Rating:

3

Leica X Vario


Manufacturer:

Manufacturer:

Price as Reviewed:

£2,150.00

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...

Leica X Vario review – Our verdict

For the discerning photographer (with deep pockets) the Leica X Vario produces good image quality from a small, lightweight body.

Initially it is hard not to be frustrated by the relatively small maximum aperture of the camera’s fixed zoom lens, especially when many of its comeptitors have fixed f/2 lenses or larger. However, the camera handles very well and produces great images, and for most types of photography that the Leica X Vario will be used for the f/3.5-6.4 aperture shouldn’t be an issue. Overall, the Leica X Vario is an enjoyable camera to use, but it does come at a very high premium.

Leica X Vario – Key features

Hotshoe
The Leica X Vario has a hotshoe that is compatible with the Leica SF 24D flash unit.

Accessory socket
Below the hotshoe is a port that allows the Leica EVF 2 electronic viewfinder to be inserted. This EVF has a 1.4-million-pixel resolution.

Built-in flash
The Leica X Vario’s pop-up flash is released via a sliding latch on the rear of the camera. It has a guide number of 5m @ ISO 100.

Ports
Behind the door on the side of the camera is a mini USB 2.0 socket and an HDMI socket.

Image: The Leica X Vario is small enough for discreet documentary photography

  • AF Assistance: Yes, built-in lamp
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, plus 2 manual, manual colour temperature setting, fine adjustment option for all settings
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 5m @ ISO 100
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF 2 electronic viewfinder
  • Output Size: 4928 x 3272 pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/2000sec
  • Sensor: APS-C-sized CMOS sensor with 16.2 million effective pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • LCD: 3in TFT with 920,000 dots
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • Weight: 650g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion BP-DC8 battery
  • Lens: Leica Vario Elmarit 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 Asph (equivalent to 28-70mm on 35mm format)
  • File Format: Raw (DNG) + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
  • AF array: 1 field, 11 field, spot and face detection
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/2000sec in 1EV steps
  • Drive Mode: Max 3 or 5fps in continuous shooting high or low
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Manual or single-shot AF
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,500
  • Dimensions: 133 x 73 x 95 mm
  • Metering System: Multi-field, centreweighted and spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • RRP: RRP £2,150 or £2,250 as a kit with camera protector and carrying strap

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