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Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario

Portability
75
Imaging
52
Features
60
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot G1 X front
 
Leica X Vario front
Portability
62
Imaging
58
Features
51
Overall
55

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario 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
  • Revealed March 2012
  • New Model is Canon G1 X II
Leica X Vario
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-70mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 680g - 133 x 73 x 95mm
  • Released June 2013
  • Previous Model is Leica X2
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Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario Overview

In this article, we are comparing the Canon G1 X versus Leica X Vario, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by companies Canon and Leica. The sensor resolution of the G1 X (14MP) and the X Vario (16MP) is very close but the G1 X (1.5") and X Vario (APS-C) enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The G1 X was introduced 14 months prior to the X Vario making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the G1 X grades vs the X Vario in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G1 X over the Leica X Vario

 G1 X X Vario 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Leica X Vario over the Canon G1 X

 X Vario G1 X 
ReleasedJune 2013March 2012Newer by 14 months

Common features in the Canon G1 X and Leica X Vario

 G1 X X Vario 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Display resolution920k920kThe same display resolution
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera, you'll have to factor in its weight and volume. The Canon G1 X has outer dimensions of 117mm x 81mm x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 534 grams (1.18 lbs) and the Leica X Vario has sizing of 133mm x 73mm x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") and a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the G1 X compared to the X Vario.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the G1 X and X Vario is 75 and 62 respectively.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario top view buttons comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by researching technical specs. The picture below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the G1 X and X Vario.

As you have seen, both of these cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The G1 X with its smaller sensor will make getting shallow DOF harder and the Leica X Vario will provide you with extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged G1 X will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario sensor size comparison

Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Portrait photography camera
Leica X Vario as a Portrait photography camera
71
focusing manually
decent MP (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1.5")
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
74
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon G1 X Street photography advice
Leica X Vario Street photography advice
72
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW files
more heavy than competition (534g)
53
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (680g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G1 X Sports photography info
Leica X Vario Sports photography info
54
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
good sensor size (1.5")
provides tracking focus
max fps low (2.0 frames per second)
terrible battery (250 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
54
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery pack (450 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G1 X as a Travel photography camera
Leica X Vario as a Travel photography camera
60
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery (250 CIPA)
more heavy than competition (534g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
56
better than average battery pack (450 per charge)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (680 grams)
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G1 X Landscape photography info
Leica X Vario Landscape photography info
60
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
good sensor size (1.5")
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery (250 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
61
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (450 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon G1 X
Vlogging with Leica X Vario
65
really wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have microphone socket
more heavy than competition (534 grams)
25
fairly wide (28mm)
provides face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have external microphone jack
more heavy than competitors in class (680g)
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Canon G1 X vs Leica X Vario Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G1 X and Leica X Vario
 Canon PowerShot G1 XLeica X Vario
General Information
Company Canon Leica
Model type Canon PowerShot G1 X Leica X Vario
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-03-29 2013-06-11
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1.5" APS-C
Sensor measurements 18.7 x 14mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 261.8mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4352 x 3264 4928 x 3272
Highest native ISO 12800 12500
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-70mm (2.5x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.8 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance 20cm -
Focal length multiplier 1.9 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 920k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
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) -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 534g (1.18 lb) 680g (1.50 lb)
Dimensions 117 x 81 x 65mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 2.6") 133 x 73 x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 60 78
DXO Color Depth rating 21.7 23.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 12.7
DXO Low light rating 644 1320
Other
Battery life 250 images 450 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L BP-DC8
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $649 $2,950