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


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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.

  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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