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Leica X1 12.2MP APS-C CMOS Digital Camera

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  • Exceptionally fast wide angle, Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 ASPH Lens.
  • 12.2 megapixels, large APS-C size CMOS Sensor, 23.6 x 15.7 mm.
  • 3 Frames per second shooting speed- RAW & JPEG Capture, fastest in its class.
  • Fast autofocus with simple, intuitive controls and image stabilizer, as well as, automatic and maual options, plus built-in pop-up flash.
  • Made in Germany with a 2-year international warranty.
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  • Built-in Flash
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 4.8 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002NX13QC
  • Item model number: X1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,661 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 10, 2009

Product Description

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 Description

A 12.2 megapixels digital compact camera with a Leica Elmarit lens, 1:2.8/24 ASPH. Made in Germany, the Leica X1

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The slow zoom is particularly…The image quality is great, but you won't notice a difference between the picture quality this camera and any other camera on the market. I… Read more ›
The Leica X1 is a camera like the older Leica IIIf or IIIg and is a very compact…Image quality is superb and both the lens and body quality are obvious in this little gem. Read more ›
Period. I have two Cannon's but this is the camera I use for the great pictures...and its easy to carry with you anywhere any time. Read more ›
The camera has a great photo quality especially during the low light. They have a big APS-C sensor so the Noise is low in high ISO. Read more ›
It is not a sub-compact but small enough for me to carry it everywhere unlike my Nikon SLR and Hasselblad... It is a perfect second everyday camera for a professional or… Read more ›
I also own a Lumix GF-1 which produces good results ,is much cheaper ,more flexible and can be recommended without hesitation. BUT the pictures are not the same. Read more ›
In good light it focuses as fast as the X100. In poor light it is slower. Read more ›
Given that…At the best of time, I could manual focus my RF cameras faster than auto focus on my X1 but such time has long gone (but it may be back one day...one fine day). Read more ›
Face recognition is a great feature in a camera with fast focus but pointless in an X1 unless the face doesn't move for several seconds and can stand the orange focusing… Read more ›
(One needs to attend to depth of field with this camera - you can obtain wonderful sharp focus with background defocused and nice bokeh, but you need to work to obtain… Read more ›
The shortfalls you…It is not the fastest camera, autofocus is a little slow but for me it takes longer to frame the image I want, so a second to focus is of no concern. T… Read more ›
I have missed many shots when the X1's autofocus was not fast enough but, well, I had missed many shots when I was out shooting with any manual focus film camera back in my… Read more ›
This is a great camera. Very easy to use and brings back the nice experience about taking pictures. Not just about boring point and shoot and nothing heavy slr. Read more ›
The layout is beautifully simple for anyone used to old-fashioned SLRs with shutter speed and aperture dials on the top plate. Each has an A setting giving SP auto, AP… Read more ›
The design of the camera is so very crystal-clear, the layout so intuitive, the camera so easy to use (if you understand the technical basics of photography), that one can… Read more ›
This is subpar. The other buttons and the flash are easy to use, nice and fits well on the camera. Read more ›
I'm an aspiring amateur photographer and still learning a lot, but this camera makes it a dream to take photos. It's easy to use and very intuitive. There is no zoom which… Read more ›
At home, also, photos of family and little kids moving around fast indoors at birthday…This little camera is more fun to use than most any other camera I've ever owned. I… Read more ›
All of this changed when I went to actually take pictures with the…The controls are incredibly intuitive and the easiest to use of any digital camera I have ever owned. O… Read more ›
The controls are…One need not read the instruction manual to determine how to shoot in program mode, aperture priority mode or shutter priority mode, it is that intuitive. Read more ›
That's another thing you…I will say that the overall design with the top dials, and the controls on the back and how all of that works with the menus, is superbly done. T… Read more ›
I find the X1 to be particularly good for moderately close work--such as photographing flower arrangements or for portraiture. Read more ›
The camera can be used as a point and…Apart from amazing image quality, where the camera really shines is in the full manual controls that are very easy and fast to adjust. Read more ›
That's a joke. However, I would l like zoom features...5x if possible. The menus and buttons are easy to use, although I would like a toggle button (versus button/menu) for… Read more ›
It does exactly what I want it to do--sharp, gorgeous photos even when cropped severely and the color is just amazing...must be that Leica look (I'm serious--some photos… Read more ›
It's easy to use and very intuitive. There is no zoom which I love...the colors are rich and images crisp. They look beyond real...now I just need to get a Leica M9 to… Read more ›
In many ways this is the most romantic camera ever made, small, portable, handsome, very lightweight, incredibly sharp, perfect colors, simple but perfect menus, you found… Read more ›
The various modes control the look of the jpegs and work very well. I especially like the vivid for color on a dull day and the black and white high contrast for everything. T… Read more ›
If you want to stop reading at this point and get to the bottom line, here it is: This camera's image quality is…The details, sharpness, colors and tonality is astounding. Read more ›
In fairness many similar sized cameras are not useful for shooting close moving things (a micro four thirds like a Panasonic G, GH or GF are much better for that) and just… Read more ›
2)The compact size is easy to bring along, and unobtrusive. No one is bothered by the little thing, the t2i 7d, 5d etc becomes a project. Read more ›
After two months of intensive use of this camera, I like it more than ever. Its compact size is convenient and the controls remain intuitive and easy-to-use. Best of all,… Read more ›
Now,…And it does the highest-resolution digital photography in the world--just use fine-grain film, give your image a good sized enlargement, and scan it piece by piece. Read more ›
I look at this camera as a bargain M9. You get the nearly silent shutter, the full size sensor, the high-quality build, and Leica optics for thousands less. The X1 is also… Read more ›
The Fuji is close enough in price to a gently used X1, so I thought the X1 was the…The Sony NEX has a full size sensor and is cheaper, but I am not a fan of Sony cameras. Read more ›
In fairness many similar sized cameras are not useful for shooting close moving things (a micro four thirds like a Panasonic G, GH or GF are much better for that) and just… Read more ›
This makes changing the setting tricky when holding the…Image Quality: Judging on the basis of my raw images, the lens is sharp but has considerable barrel distortion. T… Read more ›
It is subtle, it doesn't disturb people when you pull it out like…The fixed lens is fantastic, it provides such sharp images I am willing to trade not have a zoom any day. Read more ›
Strange as it may sound, I feel that the only real contender in this space is the Sony Nex PROVIDED that Sony can come up with a good lens that actually does justice to the… Read more ›
On the other hand, if you have a half-way decent camera already, then wait till the holiday season - I am expecting/hoping that Sony or some other independent lens maker… Read more ›
This is a terrific camera that is incredibly easy to use. I bought it because I wanted a full size sensor without the bulk of a DSLR. The camera can be used as a point and… Read more ›
I look at this camera as a bargain M9. You get the nearly silent shutter, the full size sensor, the high-quality build, and Leica optics for thousands less. The X1 is also… Read more ›
The Fuji is close enough in price to a gently used X1, so I thought the X1 was the…The Sony NEX has a full size sensor and is cheaper, but I am not a fan of Sony cameras. Read more ›
Strange as it may sound, I feel that the only real contender in this space is the Sony Nex PROVIDED that Sony can come up with a good lens that actually does justice to the… Read more ›
However, I would l like zoom…The menus and buttons are easy to use, although I would like a toggle button (versus button/menu) for AF/Macro similar to the D-Lux 4. Read more ›
3) No DSLR bulk / weight 4) Simple uncluttered user interface 5) Cool design (subjective, but it will stand out from the ubiquitous Canons and Nikons) Read more ›
So too the menu is flat and so you don't have to dig to find options. This is helped by the camera having clearly labeled dedicated buttons for many major functions. It is… Read more ›
I had to relinquish my old Nikon because without reading glasses I could no longer…This camera has a nice large 2.7" screen with big font and highly legible menu options. Read more ›
I like that the camera comes with Adobe Photoshop…Unless you print your images, you'll need a beautiful display monitor to benefit most from the quality of the camera. Read more ›
Easily. I have a Nikon or two that can produce great color and resolution but people shy away from a DSLR. This thing looks like a point and shoot. Read more ›
A high-resolution screen for playback is questionable as well, since (from what I've heard) most digicams don't zoom in on the full resolution of the JPEG (assuming there… Read more ›
Handling of the X1 is superb. Setting the aperture, the shutter speed and the ISO is very easy. I don't care about scenery modes (apparently mandatory functions in a… Read more ›
ISO 1600 from…I have taken some pretty good ISO 1600, long exposure (4sec, 8 sec and more) shots of Niagara Falls at night with the X1: this camera just does not get noisy. Read more ›

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167 of 171 people found the following review helpful By E. Qaisar on September 4, 2010
I bought this camera in May 2010. Given the price, it took a while for me to take the plunge (I am not rich). Prior purchasing this camera, I was using DSLRs including Nikon D40, D90, Pentax K100D Super and others. I wanted something light and small without sacrificing image quality. While M4/3 format has quite a few capable offerings (Panasonic GF1, Olympus Pen) I was/am not quite convinced that this is something I wanted to invest in. With Sony Nex, the range of small cameras with DSLR like image quality has increased and this is good for all of us.

Now on to the Leica X1:

I have used this camera heavily in the past four months and have taken over 4,000 shots. In my recent trip to Europe I took over 2,000 pictures in 8 days. If you want to stop reading at this point and get to the bottom line, here it is: This camera's image quality is stunning. The details, sharpness, colors and tonality is astounding. It surpasses my Nikon D40/ + Nikon 35mm f/1.8D combination by a wide margin (yes, I realize that D40 is 4-5 times cheaper). The output of the X1 easily matches Nikon D300/D300S.

Details:

Now that we have covered image quality, let us talk about other things.

- Out of camera JPGs: Usable, but do not reflect what this camera is capable of. If you are a JPG shooter, do not bother with this camera.

- DNG (RAW) Quality: The X1 is king-kong here. Processed properly in Lightroom (which is included in the price of X1), the resultant output from the DNGs is simply breathtaking. It would not be a stretch to say that X1 can easily stand upto the likes of Canon 5D Mk II at lower ISO (100-400). A friend of mine, who is an experienced photographer remarked that the outout of the X1 has a cinema like feel.

- AF Accuracy: Very accurate.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Simon Berlyn on October 17, 2010
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I have been looking at purchasing some form of Leica camera for the last year or so. Originally I was going to get a D-Lux4, but wasn't sold on the idea. The X1 was pushing my pricepoint but something about it intrigued me. I didn't know what to make of the fixed lens, the slow speed, the high price or the varying reviews. I read everything I could, watched everything on Youtube and finally decided on Friday I had to have one. I ordering with one day shipping and paced all morning long on Saturday until the doorbell rang at 11:30.

I should preface this review by saying I am a professional architectural photographer and use a Canon 5DMarkII with a variety of L glass for my day job and have been a very satisfied Canon customer for many years and will continue to be. I was looking for a walk about camera for being creative and restoring my love of photography for the sake of loving photography. I bought a Canon G11 recently and like it a lot as a tool for holidays, snaps of family etc but didn't love it or want to use it for the sake of using it.

The minute I opened the box and held the X1 in my hand I felt an urge to go out and shoot for no other reason than pure enjoyment. I charged the battery, impatiently pacing as it charged, read the instructions and then set out with a friend to Abbott Kinney in Venice for some street test shots. It has been a terrible grey weekend in LA so I thought this would really test the Leica.

It took a little while to get used to the camera just because it was different to what I was used to but once I got used to it, I realized it made perfect sense. The dials are exactly what you need, the buttons are minimal but do the right things.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Louis H. Hamel Jr. on April 15, 2010
In mid-March 2010 I spent a week abroad with the Leica X1 and the Leica M9. The X1 competes well with the superlative M9 and among the results of my trip the photos taken with the X1 -- many in the fog and at night, all hand-held -- are among the best of some outstanding photos being requested by people who see them. Charging the battery using the (provided) European plug inserted in place of the American plug was (contrary to one review) much better than using a hinged American plug, which would require a separate adapter, spacing the charger too far from the bathroom wall receptacle. At home, also, photos of family and little kids moving around fast indoors at birthday party and similar events yielded an unexpectedly large number of superior photos which coulc be cropped aggressively to get a no-noise individual portrait out of a group shot. This little camera is more fun to use than most any other camera I've ever owned. I would compare it with the superlative Rollei TLR cameras of a couple of decades ago. The X1 is well worth the price.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By barclay on June 8, 2010
I love this camera but let's be clear there are things about it that make life difficult ; you have to be sure that supreme image quality in the smallest size is really your ultimate goal.
On the downside are things like slow-ish ( but very accurate ) autofocus , a fixed lens and of course the price.
But where this little device scores big time is in the quality of its images.
It is the absolute perfect companion for things like weddings where you can get close and personal to your subjects and then snap away in almost silence ( Yes a quiet shutter )
In dark bars you can shoot in silence at ISO 3200 ( no flash needed) and still be amazed at the image quality.

This is a true Leica.
It is clear that in the design there was no compromise on image quality and like most other owners I'm happy to live with the result.
Blow your photos into Posters and be amazed at the quality.

I also own a Lumix GF-1 which produces good results ,is much cheaper ,more flexible and can be recommended without hesitation. BUT the pictures are not the same.
The "Leica look" is often mentioned and you can see it in many of your images ; that creamy , sharp desaturated look.

Truly the one camera I'll still be using in 6 years time.
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