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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario

Portability
80
Imaging
53
Features
36
Overall
46
Fujifilm FinePix X100 front
 
Leica X Vario front
Portability
62
Imaging
58
Features
51
Overall
55

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Key Specs

Fujifilm X100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 445g - 126 x 75 x 54mm
  • Released May 2011
  • Renewed by Fujifilm X100S
Leica X Vario
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-70mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 680g - 133 x 73 x 95mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Older Model is Leica X2
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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Overview

Here is a complete comparison of the Fujifilm X100 versus Leica X Vario, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors FujiFilm and Leica. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the Fujifilm X100 (12MP) and X Vario (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The Fujifilm X100 was launched 3 years before the X Vario and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief summary of how the Fujifilm X100 grades versus the X Vario in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X100 over the Leica X Vario

 Fujifilm X100 X Vario 

Reasons to pick Leica X Vario over the Fujifilm X100

 X Vario Fujifilm X100 
LaunchedJune 2013May 2011Fresher by 25 months
Screen sizing3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution920k460kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Fujifilm X100 and Leica X Vario

 Fujifilm X100 X Vario 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and measurements. The Fujifilm X100 provides outside dimensions of 126mm x 75mm x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1") with a weight of 445 grams (0.98 lbs) while the Leica X Vario has proportions of 133mm x 73mm x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") having a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose during that time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the Fujifilm X100 against the X Vario.

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X100 and X Vario is 80 and 62 respectively.

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor sizing only by reading technical specs. The photograph below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the Fujifilm X100 and X Vario.

As you have seen, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Leica X Vario to offer you extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The older Fujifilm X100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Portrait photography information
Leica X Vario Portrait photography information
61
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
74
has manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm X100
Street photography with Leica X Vario
63
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
53
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (680 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Sports photography factors
Leica X Vario Sports photography factors
34
sensor size is good (APS-C)
can't change focal length (35mm)
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
no phase detect AF
54
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good battery (450 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm X100
Travel photography with Leica X Vario
58
built-in flash
fast max aperture (f2.0)
no Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
56
good battery (450 per charge)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (680 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X100 as a Landscape photography camera
Leica X Vario as a Landscape photography camera
56
manual focus
fast max aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (2.8 inch)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
saves RAW formats
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
no Timelapse recording
61
has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
good battery (450 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Vlogging info
Leica X Vario Vlogging info
25
fast max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone socket
25
really wide (28mm)
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of mic port
heavier than others in class (680 grams)
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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X Vario Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X100 and Leica X Vario
 Fujifilm FinePix X100Leica X Vario
General Information
Company FujiFilm Leica
Model type Fujifilm FinePix X100 Leica X Vario
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2011-05-16 2013-06-11
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor EXR -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 4288 x 2848 4928 x 3272
Max native ISO 12800 12500
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 49 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35mm (1x) 28-70mm (2.5x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance 10cm -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.8" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT color LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic and Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 90% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 445 gr (0.98 pounds) 680 gr (1.50 pounds)
Dimensions 126 x 75 x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1") 133 x 73 x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 78
DXO Color Depth rating 22.9 23.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 12.7
DXO Low light rating 1001 1320
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 450 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-95 BP-DC8
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $1,800 $2,950