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Leica X Vario Camera: APS-C Compact Isn’t Cheap, But It Is a Real Leica

by Range

I love good digital cameras, and you definitely get a lot of value for what you pay for, since mine has lasted me about 7 years. That being said, it’s no Leica (just a Nikon.) With their latest announcement, Leica showcases another elegant take on compact cameras.

leica x vario camera compact photo

The Leica X Vario has a 16.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, with a 3.0 inch LCD screen in an aluminum and magnesium enclosure. The whole camera comes wrapped in leather trim, giving it a classic look. The X Vario can also capture video at 1080p and 720p at 30 and 60 fps respectively. ISO ranges from 100 to 12,500, and the aperture range is f/3.5-6.4. Its lens is a 28-70mm equivalent.

leica x vario camera compact back photo

The X Vario retails for $2,850(USD). This Leica is made in-house in Germany, and like the M9, which costs $7000 without a lens, and the S2, which costs about $15,000, the X Vario is made for stellar optical quality at a more attainable price range compared to other Leica models.

leica x vario camera compact side photo

leica x vario camera compact top photo

[via DP Review]

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Comments (4):

  1. Sanyi says:

    Having seen reviews of the “superior” more highly featured competitors having 11% barrel distortion at the wide angle end, I am waiting for a detailed review of this camera.
    Leica’s approach is different but high image quality with longevity is a market niche!

    Having had both Canon G10 & G12 zoom lenses freeze & need total replacement recently I am not so thrilled paying for feature filled low build quality cameras lasting 2 or 3 years.

    My verdict on this X Vario awaits intense testing!

  2. dale thorn says:

    The X Vario is doing well for me. It’s not breaking any ground for fastness, but it’s no worse for speed than the Nikon ‘A’ or several other digicams. The image quality is just like I expected – a good step up from the Leica X1.

  3. Sanyi says:

    For the mathematically challenged let me calculate the difference between F6.4 and the usual F5.6 at the 70mm end.

    (6.4/5.6)**2 = 1.30.

    Less than 1/3 stop less light has airheads predicting the end of civilization & Leica while they stop down to F8 to avoid the nasties that cheaper lenses have at wider appertures!

    We need evidence based tests!

    Then individuals can make an informed decision. Does the Leica X Vario fills a hole in the own needs!

  4. Sanyi says:

    I bit the bullet & paid for the X Vario last week.Taking delivery later today.

    There are some compelling features of this camera.

    1) The colour in OOC jpeg
    2) In camera adjustment for distortion & vignetting so optical design can optimise for chromatic quality (carefully ignored by most wanky lens reviewers who treat the lens as if not part of an integrated wholistic design)
    3) Intuitive manual settings
    4) 60 lp/mm resolution to make APSC = 35mm performance which needs 40 lp/mm. Zeiss has calculated that more than this makes no noticeable difference in real life photography.
    5) Edwin Puts conclusion that at 50mm the lens surpasses the Leica M Apo 50 Summicron Asph. One good 50mm lens with zoom either way.
    6) Pixel area at 4.9 micro m pitch is x6 bigger than the usual 2 micro m compared to x8 bigger for a 5.9 micro m pitch. 80/20 rule

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