- 12MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 3200
- No Video
- 35mm (F2.8) lens
- 306g - 124 x 60 x 32mm
- Launched December 2009
- Later Model is Leica X2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Leica X1 summary
Leica X1 is Leica's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on December of 2009. It comes with a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 4272 x 2856.
Leica brought out the updated Leica X2 (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.
The X1 is rated #57 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over all #541 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your custom requirements.
Here is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Leica X1 history
The Leica X1 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all earlier and most recent models alongside main features.
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Leica X1 Gallery
You can view the X1 from various angles in the gallery here.
Leica X1 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Leica X1 based on things which are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.
Leica X1 Sensor features
The size of the sensor on the Leica X1 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4272 x 2856 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor has 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW files are saved which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the X1's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The X1 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Leica X1 dimensions
Leica X1 weighs 0.67 lbs (306g or 10.79 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 124mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.9" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 392g and the Leica X1 is less heavy than various competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a image of the Leica X1 beside a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view just below will show the button design on the X1.
Leica X1 Lens features
The X1 provides a fixed lens with a fixed focal length of 35mm which means you have no option to zoom.
At it's widest 35mm, it features an aperture of f2.8 which will be somewhat sluggish and not very good for low light events and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You could also need to boost your ISO which results in noisy shots.
Leica X1 Connectivity
The X1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer files and oftentimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
A few apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Leica X1 Video features
Leica X1 does not capture video. If you are looking for a digital camera to shoot just pictures, it might not be a problem.
Leica X1 Weather Sealing
Leica X1 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.
Leica X1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Leica X1 comes with a 2.7" fixed display screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder details for Leica X1 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.
Leica X1 Shutter features
Leica X1 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Leica X1 Flash and Hot shoe features
Leica X1 features both built in flash as well as external flash support.
Leica X1 Autofocus features
Leica X1 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is helpful for portraits.
The AF system comes with 11 focus points to select from. Leica X1 boasts manual focus when needed for low light conditions or you need to have more accurate control on focus.
Leica X1 Battery life
The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U comes with the maximum (450) battery life for this type of cameras.
Following is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Leica X1 for different categories of photography
The following chart gives a summary of the Leica X1 for different categories of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Leica X1 Portrait photography info
The Leica X1 gets a points tally of 63 which is nice, and means the camera is a respectable option to use for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos and capability to use off-camera lighting.
Leica X1 Street photography features
Having a above average rating of 71, the Leica X1 is a good option for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Leica X1 Sports photography information
A dreadful sports photography points total of 34 means the Leica X1 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Leica X1
Size is extremely crucial in selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Leica X1 gets a moderate 59 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly suitable for your travels.
Leica X1 Landscape photography info
If you are planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Leica X1 at it's dreadful score of 45 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate among its competitors.
Vlogging with Leica X1
A vlogging camera should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Leica X1 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a dreadful score of 9.
Leica X1 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the X1, below is a range of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The line chart followed below offers you a bird's eye view of the X1 compared to it's top scored competitors shown above.
These are various other cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.