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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1

Portability
80
Imaging
53
Features
36
Overall
46
Fujifilm FinePix X100 front
 
Leica X1 front
Portability
89
Imaging
52
Features
33
Overall
44

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Key Specs

Fujifilm X100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 445g - 126 x 75 x 54mm
  • Revealed May 2011
  • Updated by Fujifilm X100S
Leica X1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • No Video
  • 35mm (F2.8) lens
  • 306g - 124 x 60 x 32mm
  • Announced December 2009
  • Refreshed by Leica X2
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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Overview

Below is a comprehensive review of the Fujifilm X100 versus Leica X1, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by rivals FujiFilm and Leica. The sensor resolution of the Fujifilm X100 (12MP) and the X1 (12MP) is fairly close and both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The Fujifilm X100 was introduced 18 months later than the X1 making them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the Fujifilm X100 scores versus the X1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X100 over the Leica X1

 Fujifilm X100 X1 
AnnouncedMay 2011December 2009More recent by 18 months
Display dimensions2.8"2.7"Larger display (+0.1")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Leica X1 over the Fujifilm X100

 X1 Fujifilm X100 

Common features in the Fujifilm X100 and Leica X1

 Fujifilm X100 X1 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Fujifilm X100 has outer measurements of 126mm x 75mm x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1") having a weight of 445 grams (0.98 lbs) whilst the Leica X1 has dimensions of 124mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.9" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 306 grams (0.67 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the Fujifilm X100 against the X1.

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Fujifilm X100 and X1 is 80 and 89 respectively.

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's hard to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by looking through specs. The graphic below should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm X100 and X1.

As you can plainly see, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the identical megapixels therefore you should expect comparable quality of files but you will want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more modern Fujifilm X100 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Portrait photography info
Leica X1 Portrait photography info
61
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
63
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm X100
Street photography with Leica X1
63
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
70
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition (306 grams)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X100 as a Sports photography camera
Leica X1 as a Sports photography camera
34
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
lacks phase detect autofocus
34
nice sensor size (APS-C)
can't change focal length (35mm)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm X100
Travel photography with Leica X1
58
flash built-in
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
59
lighter than competition (306 grams)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X100 Landscape photography factors
Leica X1 Landscape photography factors
56
has manual focus
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (2.8 inch)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
delivers RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording
44
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X100 as a Vlogging camera
Leica X1 as a Vlogging camera
25
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic support
9
can't shoot video
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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X100 and Leica X1
 Fujifilm FinePix X100Leica X1
General Information
Brand Name FujiFilm Leica
Model type Fujifilm FinePix X100 Leica X1
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-05-16 2009-12-18
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip EXR -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4288 x 2848 4272 x 2856
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
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 49 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35mm (1x) 35mm (1x)
Max aperture f/2.0 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 10cm 30cm
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.8 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT color LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic and Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 90% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt 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
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 None
Video data format MPEG-4 -
Mic 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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 445 gr (0.98 lb) 306 gr (0.67 lb)
Physical dimensions 126 x 75 x 54mm (5.0" x 3.0" x 2.1") 124 x 60 x 32mm (4.9" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1001 not tested
Other
Battery life 300 images -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-95 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $1,800 $1,495