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Leica X1 review

April 24, 2010

Overall Rating:

3

Leica X1


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,395.00

A compact camera from a prestige brand such as Leica always attracts attention, yet its APS-C-format sensor makes the X1 even more enticing. We review the Leica X1...

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APS-C sensor and f/2.8 aperture

In addition to the obvious benefit of producing lower levels of noise, a larger sensor allows greater control over depth of field.

This enables backgrounds to be blurred and subjects isolated from their surroundings when larger apertures are used.

As the Leica X1 has a lens with a fairly large aperture of f/2.8, it is possible to separate even quite close objects.

The key when restricting depth of field is to place the focus accurately.

Provided the light is good and the subject has reasonable contrast, the easiest way to do this is with the X1’s AF mode set to spot.

The AF point can then be moved to one of 195 locations by pressing the Delete/Focus button for a second.

Then use the navigation controls to select the correct point.

In most cases I found there is an AF point just where I needed it.

Images: Using an aperture of f/2.8 enabled me to blur even quite close objects in these shots

  • AF Assistance: Yes, built-in lamp range approximately 3m
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 5m @ ISO 100
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, plus 2 manual, fine adjustment along amber/blue, green/magenta axis and Kelvin values
  • Viewfinder Type: Optional optical device
  • Memory Card: SD and SDHC
  • Output Size: 4272x2856 pixels
  • LCD: 2.7in TFT with 230,000 dots (approx 76,600 pixels)
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Sensor: CMOS with 12.2 million effective pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/2000sec with built-in flash
  • Weight: 615g (without battery or card/s)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • Power: Rechargeable D-LI50 Li-Ion battery
  • Lens: Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Asph (equivalent to 36mm on 35mm format)
  • File Format: Raw (DNG) + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
  • AF array: 195 individually selectable points, or automatic selection of one of 11 points. These 11 points can also be grouped into 5 collections to target the focus area
  • Shutter Speeds: 30secs-1/2000sec in 1EV steps
  • Drive Mode: Max 3fps in Continuous High, for up to 6 raw (DNG), 6 JPEG or 6 raw + JPEG files
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Compression: Two-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £1,395
  • ISO: 100-3200 in 1EV steps
  • Focusing Modes: Manual or single-shot AF
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 141.5x101x70mm
  • Metering System: 256-area intelligent multiple metering, centreweighted and spot

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