Leica X1 review
April 24, 2010
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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For a modern APS-C-format camera, the X1 has a relatively restricted dynamic range of 10.5EV, but this is very respectable for a compact model.
As usual with this type of camera, the X1 can display a histogram view of the scene before it is captured as an image, so exposure adjustments can be made to ensure any highlights are retained without overdarkening the shadows. Surprisingly for a modern digital camera, the X1 doesn’t have a selectable dynamic-range optimisation mode to brighten shadows or darken highlights in high-contrast situations.
Image: This graph shows the brightness values recorded by the test camera when it is used to photograph a stepped graduation wedge
The wedge has transmission values in 1⁄2EV steps ranging from 0 to 12EV. The camera’s exposure is set so the 12EV section in the wedge has a brightness value of 255.
Software analysis of the image then determines the recorded brightness values of all the other steps and calculates the camera’s dynamic range.
- 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