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 – White balance and colour

Image: The default colours from the Leica X Vario look natural

The camera didn’t seem to struggle with white balance in normal situations or with a predominance of one colour in the frame. Skin tones are nicely reproduced, too. Overall, the X Vario’s approach towards colour could be described as natural rather than punchy, but I prefer it this way. Those wanting more zingy colours and deep-blue skies should shoot DNG raw and use Adobe Lightroom’s Vibrance slider.

That said, the X Vario offers the ability to choose between standard, vivid and natural colour reproduction, as well as the neutral and high contrast black & white modes. These film modes are useful, without being over the top. It would have been nice to see some kind of in-camera raw editing, though, to enable users to choose their film mode retrospectively. Some colour filter simulation on the black & white modes also wouldn’t hurt.

  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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