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Leica X Vario Digital Camera (Black)

You Pay: $2,099.00
Product Highlights
  • 16.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 Lens
  • 28-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot Wide-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080 Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 11-Point AF System
  • Manual Focus and Manual Exposure Control
  • ISO 12500, Up to 5 fps Shooting
  • Aluminum and Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Free Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Download

The black X Vario Digital Camera from Leica is a point-and-shoot camera featuring a 16.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor for clear, detailed images, even in low-light due to its top sensitivity of ISO 12500. The built-in Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-70mm, covering wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives and incorporates two aspherical elements within its design to reduce aberrations throughout the zoom range. Frame shots using the large 3.0" wide-angle LCD monitor, which has a resolution of 920k pixels. The camera also offers a Leica EVF socket for connecting an optional electronic viewfinder.

Record HD 1080 video at 30fps while capturing clear audio, thanks to the integrated wind-cut filter. Movie recording can be started and stopped easily at the touch of a button. Later, view your creations on a larger screen via the integrated HDMI-out port.

The camera provides fast, precise, and virtually silent AF and has a focusing ring that allows for quick switching between auto and manual focus. You also have access to manual exposure for a high level of control over your imagery.

The Leica X Vario is equipped with a built-in flash and configured with a hot shoe for attaching an optional external flash unit. The camera is made in Germany from aluminum and magnesium alloys and trimmed with soft leather. A free download of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is available after registration.

APS-C CMOS Sensor
Large APS-C-sized 16.1MP CMOS sensor contributes to producing high-resolution, well-detailed still images and full HD video with minimal noise and notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12500
Vario-Elmar 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH Zoom Lens (35mm Equivalent)
The wide-angle to telephoto zoom range offers a variety of options for compositions, and the lens permits quick and easy focal length adjustments. Two aspherical elements are incorporated within the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and produce sharp overall imagery throughout the zoom range.

Simply moving the focusing ring on the lens from MF to AF mode activates the fast, precise, and virtually silent auto focus. The ring also allows you to set required focusing distance and focal length with ease
Fast, Versatile Autofocus
Choose from 1-point, 11-point, spot, and face detection options. Since the autofocus zone can be selected manually to define the desired plane of sharpness, you can compose shots exactly as you envision them
3.0" Wide-Angle LCD
The large 3.0" monitor features a resolution of 920k pixels, a wide viewing angle, and 100% coverage. Its user-friendly menu interface provides a clear overview of all settings at a glance
Comfort and Control
Functions and controls are clearly laid out, and settings can be changed in an instant to meet the requirements of any shooting situation
Exposure Control
Benefit from manual exposure for a greater level of control over your compositions, or take advantage of automatic program, program shift (P), aperture priority (A), and shutter speed priority (T) options. Automatic exposure bracketing is also available, letting you capture 3 pictures in graduations up to 3 EV, adjustable in 1/3 EV increments. The precise click-detent dials on the top plate allow manual pre-selection of the required shutter speed and aperture values.
HD Movie Recording
Capture HD 1920 x 1080 video at 30 fps at the touch of a button. The integrated wind-cut filter ensures outstanding audio clarity. Videos can be saved in the Internet-friendly MP4 format and uploaded directly to mobile devices or social media sites without conversion. Watch your creations on a larger screen via the built-in HDMI-out connection
Built-in Flash and Hot Shoe
Equipped with a built-in flash and configured with a hot shoe for attaching an optional external flash unit, such as the Leica SF 24D or SF 58. Built-in flash features ±3 EV of exposure compensation in 1/3-EV increments and a recycle time of approx. 5 sec with a fully-charged battery
Continuous Shooting at 5 fps
To help capture fast-moving action, the camera can perform continuous capture of up to 8 images at a rate of 3-5 fps in DNG + JPEG fine quality
Picture Quality
JPEG super fine, JPEG fine, DNG + JPEG super fine, and DNG + JPEG fine available
Color Settings
Choose from Standard, Vivid, Natural, B&W Natural, and B&W High Contrast
Included Charger
Supplied battery charger features automatic switching 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz input power for worldwide use
Durable, Elegant Construction
Designed and built in Germany. The top plate is machined from solid aluminum alloy, while the magnesium and aluminum alloy body is trimmed with soft leather
Free Lightroom Download
After registration, enjoy a free download of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom photo management and editing suite
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) CMOS
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Movies: MP4
Max Resolution 16MP: 4944 x 3274
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Optics
Lens Leica Vario-Elmar, 9 elements in 8 groups
2 Aspherical
EFL: 18-46 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-70 mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - 6.4 (T) to f/16
Filter Thread 43 mm
Zoom Optical: 2.5x
Focus Range Auto: 11.81" (30 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12500
Shutter 30 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Bracketing, Aperture Priority, Bulb, Manual, Program Shift, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fine, Flash, Halogen, Kelvin, Manual, Shade
Burst Rate Up to 5.0 fps for up to 8 frames
Up to 3.0 fps for up to 8 frames
Self Timer 2 Sec, 12 Sec
Flash
Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Exposure Compensation
Fill-in
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Studio
Built-in Flash Yes
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Built-in Memory 110MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
Video
Audio Recording With Video
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Widescreen (920,000 pixels)
Screen Coverage 100%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), Leica EVF Socket, Mini-USB, USB 2.0
Environmental
Power
Battery 1x BP-DC8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1600mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 2.9 x 3.7" / 133.0 x 73.0 x 95.0 mm
Weight 1.50 lb / 680 g with battery
Leica X Vario Digital Camera (Black)
  • BP-DC8 Lithium-Ion Battery for Leica X1 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Case
  • Leather Carrying Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    LeicaX Vario Digital Camera (Silver)
     
    4.9

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Great resolution (12)
    • Large clear LCD (10)
    • Good battery life (7)
    • Zoom range/performance (7)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (6)
    • Limited zoom (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (12)
    • Family photos (10)
    • Low light (7)
    • Macro photography (5)
    • Video (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    5.0

    Loved it right out of the box

    By Deutschprof

    from Stoningon, CT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Art And Creative
      • Black White
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

      Amazing quality. The camera truly is built like a tank. Superb image quality at lower ISO settings. I am using this primarily for high resolution black and white art photography. The flash is adequate for close up fills. I use the Vario X with the grip, the loop and the Leica viewfinder. I have fallen in love with this camera. I consider it an investment. In contast to my plastic Nikons, this remarkable camera has a German sturdiness about it that you simply must experience. Additionally, the camera is not small or lightweight. Enjoy the love.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Yes another keeper

      By Shark diver

      from Las Vegas NV

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

      I have owned Leica's for years now, and they have operated without any problems. My new x vario is a real treat, the optics alone are stunning. The camera functions are laid out that is very user friendly. Color & B/W photos really stand out.Yes I would recommend this camera.

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      • No

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing B&W

      By Amudgarden

      from Phoenix, MD

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bw Images
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Silver):

      The black and white images produced by this camera are simply gorgeous. The clarity, sharpness, contrast...it's pure beauty. It's at the very same level of a Leica Monochrom. I now use it strictly in B&W mode and continue to be amazed by the images rendered. And, it shoots well in low light in B&W mode.

      The menu is simple, organized and easy to use. I recommend getting an EVF with it (either Leica's or Olympus). The flash is weak, but enough for close ups and indoor candid shots of people around you. It's not useful as a fill flash outdoors. The battery lasts about as long as I expected...always bring a spare with you if you're shooting all day.

      A great travel or family camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice point&shoot leica..

      By Seck

      from Chicago

      Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Silver):

      Very handy addition to your M's...especially when you get tired of swapping your lens

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really an amazing camera!

      By Dave

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

        I have been using this camera since June 2013. I have thousands of shutter clicks on it. The output from this camera still amazes me, and the handling and operation really are the best. The lens is superb. Color, contrast, that Leica look... it's all there - with the convenience of a short to medium zoom and auto focus. It's a fast handling camera for the most part. I am pleased with the candid "decisive moments" that I have been able to capture.

        Everything you've heard about this camera is true, both good and not so. The image quality is really right up there with full frame, thanks mostly to the lens. Low light is really not that big a problem if you take a moment and set the camera up correctly and bump up the ISO and watch your shutter speed and steadiness. I cannot say it enough - the output is amazing, even in low light. The image stabilization works better than most people give it credit, because I am able to nail 1/8second exposures with sharpness. This camera is, however, challenged in low light compared to a constant 2.8 zoom lens FF or APS camera (which would be huge).

        I bought an Olympus EVF, Leica lens hood, wrist strap, and grip - all from B&H of course. The grip and wrist strap improves the handling tremendously and makes this a great travel camera and great for candid photography and street shooting. I highly recommend these accessories.

        The manual focus implementation rocks. It is so easy to use zone focusing, even in extreme low light, that I don't worry about the low light autofocus performance all that much. The autofocus works well in low light when zoomed out. Zooming in is a problem due to the slow tele aperture but zone focusing solves it effectively.

        The X Vario has inspired me to take pictures like no other camera has (in many years of enthusiast photography). It has really helped my creative side to improve also: I see light and contrast in a whole new way, thanks to the amazing lens and capabilities of the camera. Obviously having an incredible zoom also helps since I am not limited to a fixed prime lens, nor do I have to stop and change lenses.

        Everything you've heard about the B&W output is true too, btw! Wow... Shoot B&W + DNG and you will have lots of fun and great pictures.

        The camera is built like a tank. I HIGHLY recommend it. I've shot Nikons, Fuji, Olympus OM-D, Canon's. They leave me cold. I connect in a way with this camera that has really surprised me. It is worth every penny.

        Go to B&H and put one in your hand and try it out. I think you will be amazed too.

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        5.0

        WOW! What a joy to use!

        By Leslie

        from Hawaii

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Land Scapes
          • Macro Photography
          • Street Photography
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

          Wow - I have just used this for over a week or so and have been putting it to the test. I love the image quality that this camera produces. As some have mentioned that in low light situations it doesn't work the best. So far it has surprised me - shooting where I thought I would not be able to get it work.

          I love the size and weight of the camera, it is easy to pack and go. I really like having the tele as it makes the camera useable in so many different situations. I'm using it for street photography and so far I like it. I use a 95mb/s SD card and it really keeps up with the continuous shots!

          This is a keeper!

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Everything I expected and more

          By Quality guy

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

          This is one superb little camera built like a fine Swiss watch. It's easy to use. I found even though the lens is slow, by upping the ISO I was able to get startling sharp images with wonderfully saturated colors.

          Best part is it shoots absolutely stunning b&w photos.

          I bought it with the Leica EVF which works like a charm. Very sharp.

          I know this will set one back the price of a Nikon D800 body and then some. But it's smaller size, ease of use and picture quality will not disappoint.

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          5.0

          Stunner

          By The XVarior

          from Lebanon

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

          No review can give this camera the right merits. Only grabbing it in your own hands and taking some pictures "B&W + DNG" can allow you to really appreciate what this camera is all about.
          simply put, this is an absolute stunner, a camera capable of outputs that exceeds the sum of its parts or specs.
          Yes, this is a Mini-M and yes this is a Mini-Tank.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth every dime

          By Tomboy

          from NW Ohio

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Needs Interchangable Lens

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

          I know this camera is expensive, but spend the money. The clarity in the photos is astounding. On the auto setting, you will be delighted with the results and the ability to regulate the weighting on how it reads the light removes those auto pictures where your subject is dark because of strong back lighting. It's function in low light conditions is astounding.
          Camera is very light, easy to carry around with you all day long without feeling like you are lugging 40 pounds of camera and lenses.
          Great camera and another in a long line of outstanding Leica products.
          Battery life is excellent. I took it with us for a wedding and shot pictures from Thursday evening through Sunday evening, came home and downloaded all the pictures....all on one charge.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Svilen Stoev

          from Trenton NJ

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

            This is absolute amazing product !
            The quality is made in Germany /BMW/
            The glass is sharp!
            I am just speechless.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great, solid camera.

            By Fayence

            from Palo Alto, CA

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Outdoor photos
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

            Use it as an everyday shooter. Very well built, looks beautiful and gets attention. It's outdoor quality is great. Indoor is not as good in terms of low light. The flash helps but tends to produce overblown photos. All in all, it's a great camera for everyday use.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Sharp images with renowned Leica color

            By bobbyg53

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

              This new X Vario is the cure for the shortcomings that caused me to return the Fuji X-E1/18-55mm. It delivers sharp, 3-dimensional images with great micro contrast. Color rendition right out of the camera is classic Leica with excellent saturation and contrast. JPEGs don't have the the flat, pastel look nor mushy landscape details of the Fuji X-trans sensor.The camera is more compact, lighter, and far better balanced in handling compared to my X-E1. Menus and function buttons are simple and straightforward which allow you to concentrate on shooting.The X Vario screen has twice the resolution of the X-E1, and the Olympus VF-2 viewfinder is bright without the motion-blur that plagues the built-in finder of the X-E1.The build quality is exceptional with a top plate machined from solid aluminum, a magnesium and aluminum body, and milled aluminum lens barrel. Well-balanced and weighty, easy to hold steady and just shoot beautiful images. Highly recommended.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Leica X Vario Compact Zoom Camera

              By Dale

              from Seal Beach CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

              If you're looking for a camera that's competitive with Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony and other brands based on price and specifications or performance, you needn't look at the X Vario because it will cost 3 or more times as much as those other brands for equivalent performance. On the other hand, if you're looking for the special things that make up a Leica camera (made in-house by Leica), then consider this: The bottom end for Leicas is the X2 - a fixed 35mm lens in a small body[*] the X Vario - a 28-70mm zoom lens in a much larger body [*]the M9 - with lens comparable to the X Vario, about $[$]and the S2 - about $[$]with a comparable lens. So the X Vario is more like the M9 in size, weight, and quality of build, but more like the X2 in price, making it a great bargain in my opinion, for a Leica camera.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              • No

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              Batteries & Power

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              Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

              Leica -  BP-DC8 Lithium-Ion Battery for Leica X1 Digital Camera
              • You Pay: $84.95
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              Watson -  Compact AC/DC Charger for BP-DC8 Battery
              • You Pay: $19.95
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              Bags & Straps

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              Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

              Leica -  Ever Ready Case for X Vario (Black)
              • You Pay: $175.00
               

              Lenses, Hoods, Filters & Adapters

              Leica -  Lens Hood for X Vario Digital Camera
              • You Pay: $109.00
               

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