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Leica 18400 X1 Digital Camera (Black)

by Leica
6 customer reviews

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  • 12.2 megapixels, large APS-C size CMOS Sensor, 23.6 x 15.7 mm
  • Exceptionally fast wide angle, Leica Elmarit 1:2/24 ASPH Lens (equivalent to 36mm in 35mm format)
  • Fast autofocus with simple, intuitive controls and image stabilizer.
  • Automatic and manual options
  • Leica, X1, black, compact camera, digital camera, German, optics
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Product Description

Product Description

The Leica X1 in classical black is a 12.2 megapixels classical black digital compact camera with a Leica Elmarit lens, 1:2.8/24 ASPH, that is targeted at customers who are modern, spontaneous, mobile and lifestyle-oriented. Made in Germany, the Leica x1 offers the DSLR quality in a compact camera. Camera includes leather carrying strap, battery LEICA BP-DC8, battery charger, battery protector, USB-cable, lens cap, instruction manual, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

From the Manufacturer

Leica Camera AG presents a new generation of Leica digital cameras--the Leica X1. The Leica X1, made in Germany, is equipped with a CMOS sensor in APS-C format, similar to those used in semi-professional DSLR cameras. Together with an all-purpose Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 mm lens, the particularly large sensor for this class of camera offers outstanding picture quality that need not fear comparisons with professional cameras. In addition to its technical specifications and a broad spectrum of setting options ranging from manual operation to automatic functions, the Leica X1 is an ideal companion for quality-conscious and creative photographers. The camera’s compact form makes it a constant companion for spontaneously capturing the unique moments in life.

Leica X1 digital camera highlights

The X1 features a 12.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor; as each individual pixel has a large sensor area and receives more light, this guarantees low noise levels, a high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35-mm film format, meaning that the fixed-mount Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 mm lens of the Leica X1 is transformed into a universal reportage lens with an effective (35-mm equivalent) focal length of 36 millimeters. This is a true classic among prime lenses and has captured innumerable iconic images.

The Leica X1 is characterized by clear lines and an intensely focused design. The straightforwardness of its design, with a focus on pure essentials and a compact, handy form, is strongly reminiscent of the legendary M cameras. In combination with its famed aesthetic, the robust, all-metal construction and the tactile experience of its high-quality leather trim make the X1 a true Leica camera.

The Leica X1 has clear, intuitive functions thanks to its simple operating concept. For uncomplicated photography, the X1 offers numerous automatic functions ranging from precise autofocus to automatic exposure. When set, these functions guarantee photographers perfectly exposed, sharp images by simply pressing the shutter release. This lets the user concentrate on the creative aspects of composition and framing.

Thanks to its numerous automatic functions, the X1 remains quick and versatile in any situation. Photographers have additional creative freedom with the camera’s manual control options - both aperture and shutter speed can be selected manually to influence the final image by using the dials located in familiar positions on the top deck of the camera. Even the plane of focus can be set manually, along with white balance and various other image capture parameters. In this way, the X1 offers photographers complete manual control of the creative process while simultaneously guaranteeing rapid reaction ability with its automatic functions when required.

The large size of its image sensor, a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200 and its large aperture make the Leica X1 an ideal choice for ‘available light’ photography when only the last rays of natural light are exist. Whether in adverse lighting conditions, or for conscious manipulation of depth of focus--the X1 offers numerous options for individual and creative composition.

The brilliant 2.7-inch display practically fills the entire back of the camera and reveals the finest details even in bright surroundings. The live-view function replaces an optical viewfinder and shows an accurate preview with all essential image information. Its "Live Mode" also makes the X1 particularly versatile for shots taken from unusual perspectives.

The Leica X1 offers a comprehensive range of accessories that expand the abilities of the camera and adapt it to the photographer’s personal photographic style: a 36-mm bright-line accessory, for instance, can be inserted in the camera’s accessory shoe and ensures a clear view without unnecessary power drain. If required, the camera display can be turned off when an accessory finder is used. In this case, a prominently placed LED indicates successful automatic focusing. In addition to the LED, there is an accessory handgrip that aids the safe and secure handling of the camera. A comprehensive range of camera cases is also available: the ever-ready case offers sufficient room for the camera (with handgrip) and features a small case attached to the carrying strap to hold the accessory finder. The high-quality transport case offers perfect protection for the camera, while the attractively designed system case has space enough for the camera and all its accessories.

The Leica X1 features a retractable flash that, in addition to simply replacing other sources of light, serves as a fill-in flash that can be synchronized to the second shutter curtain. If more power and flexibility is required, the Leica SF 24D and SF 58 system flash units are also compatible with the X1.

The Leica X1 is supplied with a battery charger and a high-performance battery, and also includes a comprehensive software package. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, is also one of the standard features provided with the X1. The software is available as an online download for all registered Leica X1 customers. This also ensures that the latest release is always readily available. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers a vast range of functions for the management, processing and presentation of digital images, quite independent of whether the images are in space-saving and fast jpeg format or in DNG format to preserve all image information. If the images from the X1 are saved as raw data in the standardized and future-proof Adobe Digital Negative Format (DNG), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, with its sophisticated and precise processing options, guarantees direct and extremely high-quality image processing with maximized image quality.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.9 x 2.3 inches ; 10.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
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  • ASIN: B00472MQL8
  • Item model number: 18400
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,765 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 7, 2010

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joe with a camera on March 26, 2011
For starters let me say that I am a professional photographer and I was looking for a camera that I could travel with and be happy. I took a chance on the X1 and it paid off in spades. This is a great camera. I can't imagine what my vacation would have looked like with my D3 and five Nikor lenses, batteries, flash and all of the crap that I could not have traveled without.

The X1 is easy to use and focus's on the art of photography and not the technology behind it. Compose the shot and pull the trigger, that is what it is about. Setting the Aperture and Shutter speed is easy with two dials on the top of the camera. I also purchased the external view finder and that made the camera even easier to use. This camera is very nostalgic in nature and really takes you back to a time where you worried more about composition than you did technology.

A couple of issues to think about. The dials on the top can be easy to turn but not a deal breaker. I placed the camera in my back pack which was next to a bag of ice. The camera got so cold that it fogged up when I got it out, my fault not Leica's.

I am in the hunt for the M9 at this point, just need to find ten to twelve thousand in disposable income...

I would recommend this camera to anyone that wants a great image and easy to use camera.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick the photog on January 27, 2012
I am usually using my Nikon D700 and several lenses, but after my back was disagree with all that weight I decided to try something smaller. Several cameras were tested over the 6 months period and Leica X1 was way better than anything else - highly recommended. Pure pleasure to make a photographs with this little gem of German engineering.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By helloKitty on January 18, 2012
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After debating on what camera I should get, I finally decided on the Leica X1 and don't regret it at all.
There's no question that the image quality is great and the lens is wonderful too.

The only thing that are the cons of the camera i guess, is that there is no zoom (but is compensated by the great image quality)
2. video (if this is a component that is a must, there is no point in getting this camera)
3. auto focus is a bit slow.

However, I would not trade any of these things for the quality images that I am able to take with this camera.

I have the black one, which in my opinion looks much more modern and chic than the steel.
The size is perfect and I no longer have to trudge around carrying my heavy dslr.

All in all, the camera is meant to take pictures and this is what the Leica X1 solely does.
Made with simple menus and easy controls, it helps you do what you love to do: take pictures.
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