Leica X-U summary
Leica X-U is Leica's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first released on January of 2016. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4928 x 3264. The camera is referred to as "Typ 113" in some regions.
The X-U places at #38 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over all #306 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please check out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
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Leica X-U history
The Leica X-U comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can look at all previous and brand new models along with main features.
Leica X-U Gallery
You can see the X-U from different angles in the gallery here.
Leica X-U Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Leica X-U based on factors that are normally regarded as important in a digital camera.
Leica X-U Sensor specifications
The sensor spec in the Leica X-U is 23.6mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 371 mm² sensor can capture 4928 x 3264 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 12500. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.
The graphic below displays the X-U's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The X-U sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Leica X-U dimensions
Leica X-U weighs in at 1.40 pounds (635 grams or 22.40 ounces) and features outer proportions of 140mm x 79mm x 88mm (5.5" x 3.1" x 3.5"). The weight of average Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 grams so the Leica X-U is weightier when compared with other rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a pic of the Leica X-U next to a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the X-U.
Leica X-U Lens specifications
The X-U provides an inbuilt lens providing a fixed focal length of 35mm meaning that you don't have the option to zoom.
At the widest 35mm, the lens will have an aperture of f1.7 which will be helpful in low light conditions and getting a shallow depth of field. It will also enable you to use a lower ISO and get clearer images.
Leica X-U Connectivity
The X-U has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send files and sometimes change settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Certain applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Leica X-U Video specifications
The highest possible video quality in the Leica X-U is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance between video quality vs file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to crop. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone jack which means that you have got no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to order a different camera in case you require decent sound in your videos.
Leica X-U Weather Sealing
Leica X-U has weather proofing making it a fantastic candidate to use during tough places. This is especially handy in case you are uncertain about the conditions you may encounter during outdoor photography.
Leica X-U Screen and Viewfinder
The Leica X-U is equipped with a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 920k dots.
Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Leica X-U are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite helpful during bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Leica X-U Shutter specifications
Leica X-U can shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Leica X-U Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Leica X-U boasts both inbuilt flash and also external flash support.
Leica X-U Autofocusing specifications
Leica X-U boasts just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing.
It supports 11 focus points to pick from. Leica X-U comes with manual focusing when needed during low light scenarios or you want to have more precise focusing control.
Leica X-U Battery life
The battery life (BP-DC8) on the Leica X-U is built to last for 450 shots as per the CIPA measurements making it above standard when compared to its category. The average Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has the best (450) battery life within this category of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
Leica X-U for various styles of photography
The following graph provides a rundown of the Leica X-U for various styles of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Leica X-U as a Portrait photography camera
The Leica X-U has a score of 77 which is wonderful, and means the camera is a superb pick for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support and flexibility to use off-camera lighting.
Leica X-U Street photography information
Coming in at a very good rating of 64, the Leica X-U is a very decent pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Leica X-U Sports photography info
A modest sports photography rating of 56 suggests the Leica X-U is somewhat suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Leica X-U Travel photography information
Size is super important in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Leica X-U gets a very good 63 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick to purchase for your trips.
Leica X-U Landscape photography highlights
If you are planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Leica X-U with it's nice score of 64 as a landscape camera is a fine option in the current market.
Leica X-U Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Leica X-U is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a lousy rating of 25.
Leica X-U Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the X-U, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Large Sensor Compact.
The line chart underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the X-U compared to it's top scored competitors listed earlier.
Following are several cameras you might see as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.