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Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR

Portability
62
Imaging
59
Features
51
Overall
55
Leica X Vario front
 
Ricoh GR front
Portability
90
Imaging
59
Features
54
Overall
57

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Key Specs

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
  • Revealed June 2013
  • Previous Model is Leica X2
Ricoh GR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8) lens
  • 245g - 117 x 61 x 35mm
  • Revealed April 2013
  • New Model is Ricoh GR II
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Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Overview

Let's look much closer at the Leica X Vario versus Ricoh GR, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Leica and Ricoh. The sensor resolution of the X Vario (16MP) and the GR (16MP) is very well matched and they use the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The X Vario was unveiled 2 months later than the GR which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a brief view of how the X Vario grades vs the GR for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica X Vario over the Ricoh GR

 X Vario GR 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR over the Leica X Vario

 GR X Vario 
Display resolution1230k920kSharper display (+310k dot)

Common features in the Leica X Vario and Ricoh GR

 X Vario GR 
RevealedJune 2013April 2013Similar generation
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera, you have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Leica X Vario features outside measurements of 133mm x 73mm x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") with a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) and the Ricoh GR has proportions of 117mm x 61mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

Look at the Leica X Vario versus Ricoh GR in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the X Vario vs the GR.

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the X Vario and GR is 62 and 90 respectively.

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR top view buttons comparison

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to picture the gap between sensor sizing only by checking technical specs. The graphic here should provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the X Vario and GR.

As you have seen, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical megapixels therefore you should expect similar quality of files although you may want to consider the production date of the products into consideration.

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR sensor size comparison

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Screen and ViewFinder

Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica X Vario Portrait photography info
Ricoh GR Portrait photography info
75
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
75
focusing manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/4,000 seconds)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica X Vario Street photography highlights
Ricoh GR Street photography highlights
53
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (680g)
75
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than average (245g)
good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica X Vario Sports photography highlights
Ricoh GR Sports photography highlights
54
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (450 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
46
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
can't change focal length (28mm)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica X Vario Travel photography info
Ricoh GR Travel photography info
56
better than average battery life (450 shots)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (680 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
71
lighter than average (245 grams)
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica X Vario Landscape photography information
Ricoh GR Landscape photography information
61
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (450 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording
62
focusing manually
good sized screen (3 inches)
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Leica X Vario
Vlogging with Ricoh GR
25
decently wide (28mm)
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition in class (680g)
30
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (245 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
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Leica X Vario vs Ricoh GR Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica X Vario and Ricoh GR
 Leica X VarioRicoh GR
General Information
Brand Leica Ricoh
Model Leica X Vario Ricoh GR
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-06-11 2013-04-17
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4928 x 3272 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 12500 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-70mm (2.5x) 28mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.4 f/2.8
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 920 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 300 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 5.40 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/4000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 680g (1.50 lbs) 245g (0.54 lbs)
Dimensions 133 x 73 x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") 117 x 61 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 78 78
DXO Color Depth score 23.4 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 12.7 13.5
DXO Low light score 1320 972
Other
Battery life 450 photographs 290 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BP-DC8 DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail cost $2,950 $971