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Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII

Portability
62
Imaging
58
Features
51
Overall
55
Leica X Vario front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII front
Portability
88
Imaging
55
Features
78
Overall
64

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII 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
  • Launched June 2013
  • Succeeded the Leica X2
Sony RX100 VII
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 302g - 102 x 58 x 43mm
  • Revealed July 2019
  • Earlier Model is Sony RX100 VI
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Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Leica and Sony. The resolution of the X Vario (16MP) and the RX100 VII (20MP) is fairly similar but the X Vario (APS-C) and RX100 VII (1") use totally different sensor dimensions.

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The X Vario was brought out 7 years earlier than the RX100 VII and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the X Vario scores versus the RX100 VII in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica X Vario over the Sony RX100 VII

 X Vario RX100 VII 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 VII over the Leica X Vario

 RX100 VII X Vario 
RevealedJuly 2019June 2013More recent by 74 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k920kCrisper display (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Leica X Vario and Sony RX100 VII

 X Vario RX100 VII 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and size. The Leica X Vario offers external dimensions of 133mm x 73mm x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") along with a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) while the Sony RX100 VII has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7") and a weight of 302 grams (0.67 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using at the time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the X Vario vs the RX100 VII.

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the X Vario and RX100 VII is 62 and 88 respectively.

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII top view buttons comparison

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to visualise the difference between sensor measurements only by going over technical specs. The visual underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the X Vario and RX100 VII.

As you can tell, both the cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The X Vario due to its larger sensor will make getting shallow depth of field simpler and the Sony RX100 VII will offer you more detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older X Vario is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII sensor size comparison

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII Screen and ViewFinder

Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica X Vario Portrait photography info
Sony RX100 VII Portrait photography info
74
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
exports RAW formats
67
focusing manually
above average flash sync (1/2,000s)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
supports face detect focus
saves RAW formats
can't use external flash
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Street Comparison

Leica X Vario Street photography info
Sony RX100 VII Street photography info
53
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than average (680g)
85
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
lighter than competition in class (302 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica X Vario as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX100 VII as a Sports photography camera
54
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good battery power (450 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
71
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
supports tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
terrible battery (260 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Leica X Vario
Travel photography with Sony RX100 VII
56
good battery power (450 CIPA)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (680 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
77
lighter than competition in class (302g)
has bluetooth
boasts touch to focus
good resolution (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica X Vario Landscape photography advice
Sony RX100 VII Landscape photography advice
61
has manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (450 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
65
focusing manually
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica X Vario as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 VII as a Vlogging camera
25
rather wide (28mm)
supports face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
missing microphone support
more heavy than average (680 grams)
81
quite wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes mic port
lighter than competition in class (302g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Leica X Vario vs Sony RX100 VII Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica X Vario and Sony RX100 VII
 Leica X VarioSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII
General Information
Make Leica Sony
Model type Leica X Vario Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-06-11 2019-07-25
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4928 x 3272 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 12500 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW support
Minimum boosted ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-70mm (2.5x) 24-200mm (8.3x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-6.4 f/2.8-4.5
Macro focusing distance - 8cm
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.7
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 920k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.59x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 5.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio -
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 680 gr (1.50 pounds) 302 gr (0.67 pounds)
Dimensions 133 x 73 x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") 102 x 58 x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 78 63
DXO Color Depth rating 23.4 21.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.7 12.4
DXO Low light rating 1320 418
Other
Battery life 450 pictures 260 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BP-DC8 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $2,950 $1,298