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.
Best image quality we've seen in a compact camera; very low noise even at high ISOs; smart-looking, compact design; price includes copy of Adobe Lightroom.
Excellent image quality - at least in raw, Best high-ISO performance of any compact camera, bar none, Reliable metering and exposure, Extremely quiet in operation (AF and shutter), Straightforward control layout with analogue-style shutter speed and apert
Slow autofocus. No optical zoom. No video. Very expensive
Price, LCD resolution & size, ‘Image Stabilization’
Expensive. Slow autofocus. No interchangeable lenses. Fixed focal length (no optical zoom). No video capture.
Very slow to autofocus; slow overall speed including jittery Live View and glacial image playback; command dials don't lock firmly into place causing settings to accidentally change; no video mode; expensive.
Autofocus distinctly slower than most, Unimpressive battery life, Accurate manual focus impossible (lens stops down uncontrollably), Low light operation relatively poor (very slow AF and screen refresh rate), Live histogram unreliable, disappears when set
By RegHardware on July 15, 2011
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...70
By TechRadar on April 27, 2011
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...80
By CNET UK on September 15, 2010
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...80
By PC Authority on August 06, 2010
Dont go for a DSLR, says Leica go for a premium compact bursting with retro cool instead. So should you?...67
By Stuff.tv on August 06, 2010
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...80
By Macworld UK on July 09, 2010
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...80
By PhotographyBLOG on June 28, 2010
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...80
By PC Advisor on June 01, 2010
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...80
By What Digital Camera on May 10, 2010
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...80
By ePHOTOzine on March 20, 2010
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...-