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Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Leica X-U front
Portability
64
Imaging
60
Features
52
Overall
56

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Key Specs

Canon G1 X
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 534g - 117 x 81 x 65mm
  • Launched March 2012
  • New Model is Canon G1 X II
Leica X-U
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F1.7-16.0) lens
  • 635g - 140 x 79 x 88mm
  • Launched January 2016
  • Other Name is Typ 113
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Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Leica. The sensor resolution of the G1 X (14MP) and the X-U (16MP) is fairly close but the G1 X (1.5") and X-U (APS-C) provide different sensor measurements.

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The G1 X was manufactured 4 years prior to the X-U and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the G1 X scores vs the X-U in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Leica X-U

 G1 X X-U 
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Leica X-U over the Canon G1 X

 X-U G1 X 
LaunchedJanuary 2016March 2012More recent by 46 months

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Leica X-U

 G1 X X-U 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Display resolution920k920kThe same display resolution
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Canon G1 X provides exterior dimensions of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") along with a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) and the Leica X-U has specifications of 140mm x 79mm x 88mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 3.5") and a weight of 635 grams (1.40 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the G1 X vs the X-U.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G1 X and X-U is 75 and 64 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to imagine the difference in sensor measurements purely by researching specifications. The graphic underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the G1 X and X-U.

Plainly, both of those cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The G1 X featuring a smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh more challenging and the Leica X-U will provide you with more detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics more aggressively. The older G1 X will be behind in sensor tech.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X Portrait photography advice
Leica X-U Portrait photography advice
71
has manual focus
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
includes face detection focus
supports RAW files
76
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X Street photography information
Leica X-U Street photography information
72
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
supports RAW files
heavier than average in class (534 grams)
64
screen articulates
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
does not have image stabilization
heavier than average (635g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G1 X
Sports photography with Leica X-U
54
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
includes tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames per second)
terrible battery pack (250 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
55
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather proofing
good battery pack (450 CIPA)
can't change focal length (35mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Travel photography camera
Leica X-U as a Travel photography camera
60
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
quite wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (250 per charge)
heavier than average in class (534g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
62
good battery pack (450 CIPA)
weather proofing
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average (635g)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography highlights
Leica X-U Landscape photography highlights
60
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1.5")
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery pack (250 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse function
63
you can focus manually
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inch)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
good battery pack (450 shots)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G1 X Vlogging highlights
Leica X-U Vlogging highlights
65
quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have external mic socket
heavier than average in class (534g)
25
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no mic port
heavier than average (635g)
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Canon G1 X vs Leica X-U Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Leica X-U
 Canon PowerShot G1 XLeica X-U
General Information
Brand Name Canon Leica
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Leica X-U
Otherwise known as - Typ 113
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-03-29 2016-01-20
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 18.7 x 14mm 23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 261.8mm² 370.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4352 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 12800 12500
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 35mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/1.7-16.0
Macro focusing distance 20cm -
Crop factor 1.9 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 920 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (via hot shoe EX series Speedlites, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX) 2.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, on, on/red eye reduction, long-term synchronization/red eye reduction, off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 534g (1.18 pounds) 635g (1.40 pounds)
Physical dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 140 x 79 x 88mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 644 not tested
Other
Battery life 250 photographs 450 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L BP-DC8
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $649 $3,495