Canon S100 vs Leica X1

Portability
93
Imaging
38
Features
48
Overall
42
Canon PowerShot S100 front
 
Leica X1 front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
33
Overall
45

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Key Specs

Canon S100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.0-5.9) lens
  • 198g - 99 x 60 x 28mm
  • Revealed December 2011
  • Old Model is Canon S95
  • Later Model is Canon S110
Leica X1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • No Video
  • 35mm (F2.8) lens
  • 306g - 124 x 60 x 32mm
  • Announced December 2009
  • Updated by Leica X2
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Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Overview

Here is a complete analysis of the Canon S100 and Leica X1, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by brands Canon and Leica. The sensor resolution of the S100 (12MP) and the X1 (12MP) is relatively well matched but the S100 (1/1.7") and X1 (APS-C) posses different sensor sizes.

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The S100 was introduced 2 years later than the X1 and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Canon S100 being a Compact camera and the Leica X1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before we go straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the S100 grades versus the X1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon S100 over the Leica X1

 S100 X1 
AnnouncedDecember 2011December 2009Fresher by 25 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution461k230kClearer screen (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Leica X1 over the Canon S100

 X1 S100 

Common features in the Canon S100 and Leica X1

 S100 X1 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon S100 features outer measurements of 99mm x 60mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs) and the Leica X1 has dimensions of 124mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.9" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 306 grams (0.67 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you choose at that moment. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the S100 vs the X1.

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S100 and X1 is 93 and 89 respectively.

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 top view buttons comparison

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to picture the gap between sensor sizing merely by looking at specs. The photograph below might provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the S100 and X1.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras have the same megapixel count albeit different sensor sizing. The S100 features the tinier sensor which is going to make getting shallow depth of field tougher. The fresher S100 should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 sensor size comparison

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon S100 Portrait photography highlights
Leica X1 Portrait photography highlights
45
has manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
64
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon S100
Street photography with Leica X1
66
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
71
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than others (306g)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon S100
Sports photography with Leica X1
33
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery life (200 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
35
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
can't change focal length (35mm)
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon S100 Travel photography info
Leica X1 Travel photography info
61
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
low megapixels (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
59
lighter than others (306 grams)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon S100 as a Landscape photography camera
Leica X1 as a Landscape photography camera
51
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
bad battery life (200 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
45
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon S100 Vlogging details
Leica X1 Vlogging details
36
fairly wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic support
9
no video
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Canon S100 vs Leica X1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon S100 and Leica X1
 Canon PowerShot S100Leica X1
General Information
Brand Canon Leica
Model Canon PowerShot S100 Leica X1
Class Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-12-22 2009-12-18
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" APS-C
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4272 x 2856
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 35mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-5.9 f/2.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 30cm
Crop factor 4.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 461k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/2000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (240, 30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG -
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 198g (0.44 lb) 306g (0.67 lb)
Physical dimensions 99 x 60 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 124 x 60 x 32mm (4.9" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 50 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 153 not tested
Other
Battery life 200 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-5L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Storage slots One One
Retail price $429 $1,495