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 – 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.