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 – Metering
The X Vario offers the standard selection of metering modes we’ve become accustomed to these days – multi-pattern, centreweighted and spot – which are selectable from the camera’s menu options. In practice, multi-pattern did a good job for the vast majority of the time, with JPEGs showing little evidence of underexposure or overexposure.
As with most other metering systems, the X Vario only got confused when the frame contained a predominance of light or dark tones, at which point it under or overestimated the correct exposure settings. In this case, exposure compensation can be applied by pressing the up joypad key and dialling in the desired correction (in 1⁄3-stops) with the thumb wheel. Repeated pressing of the up joypad key gives access to autoexposure bracketing (AEB) and flash exposure compensation.