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Leica X Vario at DXOMark Lab

Leica X Vario sensor test result published at DXOMark Lab today, the camera total sensor score is 78, low-light ISO score is 1320, not its realyy a good score for a APS-C based compact camera


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Leica X Vario vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Both camera have approx same price tag, Sony RX1 features Full Frame Sensor with Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens with macro compatibility, Leica X vario features APS-C sensor and Newly developed Vario lens: Leica ELMAR 1:3.5-6.4/18-46mm lens, take a look at the specification comparison below

Sony RX1 is the world’s first fixed-lens digital camera theta comes with 24.3MP 35mm Exmor CMOS full-frame sensor.
Leica X Vario  have APS-C size sensor features a resolution of 16.1MP

Sony RX1 features maximum selectable ISO setting is 25600.
Leica offers an Max ISO sensitivity of 12500.

Leica features Vario-Elmar 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH Zoom Lens, you get 2.5X zoom lens with Leica X vario, the macro range starts from 30cm.

Sony Sony RX1 features fixed Carl Zeiss f/2.0 Sonnar T* lens. The lens features a wide maximum aperture of f/2.0 with 9 iris blades, The lens’s macro capabilities allow focusing down to 5.5″ (14 cm). T* coating also reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

Continuous shooting speed
Sony RX1 gives you 24MP @ 5fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.
Leica X Vario can capture of up to 8 images at a rate of 3-5fps in DNG + JPEG fine quality.

Image Stabilization
Sony RX1 features SteadyShot Image Stabilization (sensor based), Leica doesn’t have Image Stabilization.

The RX1 can record video in Full HD 1920x1080p at 24, 25, 50 and 60 frames per second. For AVCHD: 28Mbps (1920×1080, 60p/50p), 24Mbps FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 17Mbps FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 24Mbps FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p), 17Mbps FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p). For MP4: 12Mbps (1440×1080, 30fps/25fps), Video features include manual controls, an audio input jack and a multi interface shoe for mounting an external microphone or other accessories

Leica X Vario Capture HD 1920×1080 video at 30fps with sound at the touch of a button. The integrated wind-cut filter ensures outstanding audio clarity. Videos can be saved in MP4 format

Sony features High resolution display compared to Leica X vario.

Size and Weight
Sony RX1 is smaller and lightweight compared to Leica X vario.

Verdict: Based on Specification Comparison review, we highly Recommend you to buy Sony RX1 .

Price and Buying Links

Sony RX1 Leica X Vario

Leica X Vario vs Nikon coolpix A

Leica X Vario vs Nikon coolpix A, Leica X features almost same core specification as coolpix A, take a look at the major specification below and share your thoughts with us.

Sensor, Image processor and ISO

Both Leica X Vario and Nikon coolpix A features same resolution and APS-C sensor.

The Nikon coolpix A uses APS-C size sensor and EXPEED 2 processing engine the same one used in Nikon D-SLR cameras, Mo low-pass filter available in coolpix A so you get more sharpness and extremely fine detail. We also have Micro-lenses located above the sensor are arranged to produce natural, edge-to-edge sharpness.

ISO range of Nikon coolpix A touches upto 25600, Leica X Vario limited upto 12500.

Lens and Aperture

NIKKOR prime lens features a focal length of 18.5mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm) for wide-angle shooting, as well as a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture.

Leica X vario features Vario-Elmar 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv) , it give you more range but the camera size also increases.

Nikon coolpix A features Image Stabilization and fast F2.8 aperture so you get better low-light performance with Nikon Coolpix A.

Nikon coolpix A features better macro mode compared to Leica X Vario.

Contrast Based AF System

Both camera uses Contrast detect AF system.


Both features same type of display unit – 3.0″ 920k-Dot, Wide-Angle LCD Monitor

Verdict: Both camera features almost same core specification, with Nikon coolpix A you save $1754 (approx), Leica features 2.5X optical zoom + Big body (due to fixed zoom lens) and cost approx $2850K.

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Nikon Coolpix A Leica X Vario

Leica X vario vs Fujifilm X100S

Take a look between the comparison of Leica X vario and Fujifilm X100S, the Leica X vario features 16 MP, APS-C CMOS image sensor and ISO 100-12500 on the other hand Fujifilm X100S features 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and Expandable ISO 100-25600, take a look at the Major Specification Below.

About the sensors
A large APS-C CMOS image sensor is integrated into the X100S to provide high image quality and detail. Using Fujifilm’s unique X-Trans bespoke pixel array, the sensor is designed with a randomized pixel pattern to eliminate the need of an optical low-pass filter for reducing moiré and aliasing. By removing this filter from the design, higher image sharpness is possible. Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) factors are also taken into account using the EXR Processor II, which helps to automatically compensate for aberrations and diffraction blur in order to produce images with the utmost inherent sharpness. The image sensor also utilizes backside illumination technology to help with the integration of phase-detection pixels into the sensor for improved autofocus performance without affecting image quality.

Not much details available about Leica X vario uses APS-C size sensor features a resolution of 16.1MP.


Fujifilm features built-in 23mm f/2 fixed focal length lens gives a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it more compact and easy to carry.
Leica X vario features Vario-Elmar 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv) , it give you more range but the camera size also increases.

AF System

Intelligent Hybrid AF is a quick, responsive autofocus system that employs both contrast- and phase-detection methods, focus can be attained in as little as 0.08 second.

Fujifilm offers 42 point AF system on the other hand Leica is limited to 11 point only.

ISO Range

The combination of the sensor and processor enables a native sensitivity range from ISO 200-6400, which is further expandable to ISO 100-25600. Leica Vario X offers an ISO sensitivity range of 100-12500.

Video mode

Capture HD 1920×1080 video at 30fps, In Fujifilm X100S Full HD movie recording is supported up to 1920 x 1080 at 60fps with a 36Mbps bit-rate for clear, fluid-looking videos.


Both camera 3.0-inch, wide-angle LCD monitor, which has a resolution of 920k pixels.  Fujifilm X100S features hybrid viewfinder.

Verdict: Based on price and major specification difference, we highly recommend you to buy Fujifilm X100S


Fujifilm X100S Leica X Vario


Leica X Vario / Mini M Announced, Price, Press Release and Full Specification

Finally the Leica mini M / X Vario announced today, the leica X Vario / Mini M is exactly the same as the rumors, the X Vario features 28-70 mm equivalent lens and 3.5-6.4 aperture range, the X Vario features 16.5 MP, APS-C, CMOS image sensor (effective 16.1 MP), see full specification after the price tab,

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Leica X Vario / Mini M Price

Leica Mini M price

Leica X Vario / Mini M Full Specification


Leica Vario-Elmar 1:3.5-6.4 (28-70 mm equivalent), 8 lenses in 6 groups, 1 aspherical lens

Focal Length

18-46 mm (28-70 mm film equivalent)


3.5 to 16 (at 28 mm) / 6.4 to 16 (at 70 mm) in 1?3 EV increments

Focusing range

30 cm – infinity

Focusing options

1 point, 11 points, spot, face detection

Image sensor

16.5 MP, APS-C, CMOS image sensor (effective 16.1 MP)


JPEG format, 16 M – 4928 x 3272 pixels, 12.2 M – 4288 x 2856 pixels, 7 M – 3264 x 2160 pixels, 3 M – 2144 x 1424 pixels, 1.8 M – 1632 x 1080 pixels, DNG: 4944 x 3272 pixels

Image data file format

JPEG super fine, JPEG fine, DNG + JPEF super fine, DNG + JPEG fine

Exposure Control

Exposure modes

Automatic program (P), program shift, aperture priority (A), shutter speed priority (T) and manual setting (M)

Exposure compensation

Gradation: 3EV in 1/3 EV increments

Automatic exposure bracketing

3 pictures in graduations up to 3 EV, adjustable in 1/3 EV increments

Metering modes

Smart multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, selective (spot) metering

White balance

Automatic, presets for daylight, cloud, halogen lighting, shade, electronic flash, 2 manual settings, manual color temperature setting, fine adjustment option for all settings


Automatic, optionally with limits for shutter speed and sensitivity, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500

Shutter speeds

30s to 1/2000s, with normal flash modes from 1/30s, with flash modes with slower shutter speeds from 30s

Continuous shooting

3 fps of 5 fps, max. 8 consecutive exposures with constant shooting speed in DNG + JPED fine quality

Color settings

Standard, Vivid, Natural, B&W Natural, B&W High Contrast

Flash modes

Auto, flash exposure correction, red-eye correction, fill-in flash, slow sync, studio, 1st / 2nd curtain sync

Hot shoe

Compatible with Leica SF 24D, Leica SF 58 flash units


3” TFT LCD, approx. 920,000 pixels, wide-angle field of ives: 100 %

Internal memory

Approx. 110 MB

Memory card



HDMI out, USB (USB 2.0 high speed), Leica EVF socket

Battery (lithium-ion)

Capacity: approx 450 exposures


Approx. 133 x 73 x 95 mm or


Approx. 650 / 680 g or 22.9 / 24 oz (without / with battery)

Product includes

Battery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BP-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (free download option after camera registration)

Leica X Vario / Mini M Press Release

“The Leica Vario-Elmar 28-70 mm f/3.5 – 6.4 ASPH (35 mm equivalent) and the APS-C CMOS sensor ensures images of unsurpassed brilliance. The size and quality of the sensor means low image noise, high dynamic range and accurate color reproduction. The wide-angle to telephoto zoom range of the Leica X Vario offers photographers the options for many more creative compositions: indoor scenes, impressive landscapes or intimate portraits. The Leica X Vario allows users to change focal length easily and quickly to spontaneously capture the perfect moment giving the user the feel of classic Leica controls. In addition, the autofocus is fast and extremely precise while the switch from autofocus to manual focusing is intuitive – simply move the focusing ring on the lens from MF to AF mode”

“The design and finish of the Leica X Vario reflects the ultimate art of engineering with attention to detail and the use of the finest materials. When you first see the Leica X Vario, the Leica DNA will be obvious. A few minutes of handling the Leica X Vario and design characteristics of the Leica M will be apparent including compactness and construction. The top plate is machined from solid aluminum, the process identical to that used for the Leica M. The magnesium and aluminum body feels solid while the soft leather trim provides a comfortable but firm and reassuring grip. The Leica X Vario provides the user with a unique,one of a kind visual and tactile experience which is synonymous with a Leica made in Germany.”