• Leica X1
78
Based on 23 scores, 29 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    12
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Top-notch image quality. More compact than a DSLR. Knockout looks and build. User friendly. Free copy of Adobe Lightroom included
  • Good quality optic, unique build
  • Excellent, sharp images. Little noise up to ISO 3200. Fast f/2.8 lens. HDMI port. Pop-up flash. Elegant design.

Cons:

  • Slow autofocus. No optical zoom. No video. Very expensive
  • Price, LCD resolution & size, ‘Image Stabilization’

Expert reviews and ratings

By RegHardware on 70

The Leica X1 easily delivers the best image quality in its category, as youd expect from the company, but, at the price of a DSLR, with a few performance issues still unresolved and a mediocre LCD screen, its unlikely it will win over...

By TechRadar on 80

Leica X1 review: overviewLeica's foray into the digital world may have been at a slower and more considered pace than what we're used to seeing, but working in partnership with Panasonic has nevertheless meant that it's managed to saturate a...

By CNET UK on 80

The Leica X1 is a very well-built, cool, yet extremely expensive compact camera that is every bit a luxury item. It will more than satisfy both the photo enthusiast and the casual user wanting a top-quality camera for longer than just the...

By PC Authority on 67

Dont go for a DSLR, says Leica go for a premium compact bursting with retro cool instead. So should you?...

By Stuff.tv on 80

Pricey and a tad limited in scope and skill, but takes fantastic snaps if you know how to use it. And its one of the most stylish cameras around...

By Macworld UK on 80

With knobs and dials that recall a traditional rangefinder camera (and the Leica M8 beloved of photo enthusiasts), plus a body that incorporates a disc-shaped flash which rises effortlessly when pressed, this exquisitely crafted hybrid rolls into...

By PhotographyBLOG on 80

The Leica X1 is a camera of extremes, offering a compelling blend of stunning design, fantastic handling and superlative image quality, but ultimately suffering from a pared-back feature set, sluggish responsiveness and a sky-high price-tag.The...

By PC Advisor on 80

The Leica X1 is beautifully engineered, and enjoys solid yet lightweight metal construction. It has a great quality lens and is capable of delivering almost three dimensional lifelike images. So what's not to like? Er, have you seen the price? Also...

By What Digital Camera on 80

The X1 is no ordinary camera. Designed very specifically to facilitate a fairly niche area of the market, its fixed 24mm (36mm equivalent) will rule out many buyers looking for something altogether different - and for less than the 1395 asking...

By ePHOTOzine on

ePHOTOzine's Will Cheung gets hands-on with Leica's latest arrival, the 12.2-megapixel X1The Leica X1 was announced at the same time as the company's full-frame M9 rangefinder camera last September. Consequently, its arrival was probably...

By PC Mag on 60

The Leica X1 offers the best image quality for a camera of its size, especially at higher ISO settings, but it's the least versatile shooter in its price...

By Photo Review Australia on 85

Leica's announcement of the X1 in early September 2009 took the market by surprise. Given the company's liaison with Panasonic, many analysts expected to see a version of the Panasonic GF1. But the X1 is quite different. A fixed-lens camera with...

By PDN Online on

The quest for the ideal compact camera takes another leap forward and another step back with the Leica X1. Though this attractive and well-built little camera is capable of capturing images that rival those taken with high-quality digital SLRs, using...

By Amateur Photographer on 76

Leica X1 at a glance 12.2 million effective pixels APS-C-sized sensor Fixed 24mm f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 36mm) DNG raw format Street price approximately £1,395Scores Features: 7/10 Build/handling: 8/10 AWB/colour : 28/30 Metering: 7/10 Autofocus...

By DigitalVersus on 80

Exposure Modes The X1 has four modes, the traditional line-up of P, S, A and M. Rather than choosing between them using a single scroll wheel, though, they are configured using two dials: one adjusts aperture and the other speed. Leaving both in A...

By Digital Photography Review on 70

From the moment you pick up the Leica X1, it's a camera you want to love. So much about it is just 'right' - not just the feat of squeezing a relatively large APS-C sensor into a compact body, but also the lovely design and the fluid,...

By PhotoRadar on 100

Ive shot with Leica M cameras since 1995. I have also recently shot with the Dlux4 so the opportunity to try out the X1 was not to be missed. The cost of this camera would buy an SLR kit outright. The 35mm lens is generally considered to be the...

By Photography Bay on

The Leica X1 is a compact camera with a fixed lens and an APS-C sized sensor. The camera has the largest sensor in it’s class, dwarfing Micro Four Thirds and the Sigma Foveon. I received some personal hands-on time with the camera. While I...

By The Luminous Landscape on

Leica X1 Field Review APS-C Sized Sensor / Pocket Sized Camera Take the 12.2 Megapixel Sony-fabricated sensor that's likely the same one found in the Nikon D300, put it in a pocket-sized Leica-designed body with a Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit lens,...

International Review By Betabuzz on 80

Auch die Leica X1 ist eine Kamera fr Genieer diesen Anspruch hat sich das Traditionsunternehmen bis heute bewahrt. Das Modell kombiniert die drei groen Leica-Tugenden mit Bravour: Tolle Bildqualitt,...