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LeicaX Vario Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Great resolution (14)
  • Large clear LCD (12)
  • Zoom range/performance (8)
  • Good battery life (7)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (14)
  • Family photos (11)
  • Low light (7)
  • Macro photography (6)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

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5.0

Fantastic new addition

By VTAFC

from Waterbury, VT

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

    Whilst I am by no means anywhere near ant level of photographic proficiency, I am more then happy with my new purchase. The build quality is exceptional. The studiness in my hands is very impressive. I really enjoy the outstanding image quality. Low light images are also fantastic. I enjoy the intutive nature of the controls as well as ease of use. Setting up the camera out of the box was extraorindarly easy. Lense is more then adequate for my needs. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for an extemely well made, precision, smaller format digital camera

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    5.0

    Fantastic!

    By Maura

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about X Vario Digital Camera (Black):

    Unpacked and used the X Vario at a Santa Fe Worshop w/National Geographic photographer. Used in all situations -- low light (perfect!), bright light (perfect!) and everything in between. Crisp, high quality images every time. Used it in the 24 - 40mm range, but liked the option to zoom closer. My only (only) issue is the video button is very close to the shutter and I found I was in video mode a few times. GREAT camera. I also shoot with the Leica x2 (fixed length 24mm) and a Canon 5D (mix of lenses).

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    • No

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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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      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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      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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          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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          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          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
          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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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            (19 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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