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Leica X1 a New Favorite,
This review is from: Leica X1 12.2MP APS-C CMOS Digital Camera (Electronics)
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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Initial post: Jan 19, 2011 9:50:37 AM PST
I cannot imagine that you can compare this in the same writing with an M9. I have not used this, but I have used the M8 and there is no way the output of this camera could be in that league. To me it looks like an overpriced Canon G11 without the built-in optical viewfinder.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 5:30:11 AM PST
The optics of the X1 are superlative. The build is classic with a few exceptions. The sensor size is akin to that of the M8, significantly smaller than that of the M9, but much much larger than and superior to that of the Canon G11. There is a reason why you pay $2,000 for a fixed-lens fixed-focal length camera. The low-light results of the X1 are particularly good, and this may be what the reviewer meant when he said the photos compared favorably with the M9. The output is indeed as good as the M8, but of course it lacks the interchangeable lens facility of the latter..
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