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Leica X1 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens

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Leica X1 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
Key Features
  • APS-C Size (23.6 x 15.8mm) CMOS Sensor
  • 12.2 Megapixels
  • Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
  • Automatic and Manual Controls
The Leica X1 Digital Compact Camera with an Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens is light, compact and equipped with a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format, as found in much larger DSLR cameras.
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Leica X1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Large CMOS Sensor
  • 3The Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH.
  • 4Complete Control
  • 5 2.7" Display
  • 6Live View
  • 7Precision Autofocus
  • 8Face Detection Technology
  • 9Universal Formats
  • 10Retractable Flash
  • 11Workflow Solution
  • 12Precision Engineering
  • 13Warranty

The Leica X1 Digital Compact Camera with an Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens is light, compact and equipped with a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format, as found in much larger DSLR cameras.

The Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. non-interchangeable lens has 8 elements in 6 groups (1 Aspheric lens) and enables manual focusing or precise autofocus with automatic exposure, ensuring photographers perfectly exposed, sharp images with a press of the shutter release. Its wide-angle creates sufficient distance when needed and also lets shooters to get in close to pick out the details in a scene.

Its CMOS sensor helps to yield low noise levels for effective low-light and indoor photography without a flash, high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35mm film format, which means the lens has an effective (35mm equivalent) focal length of approximately 35mm.

A 2.7" LCD with 230,000 pixels and a 100% field of view, almost fills the entire back of the camera and enables the Live Mode and precision focusing. Users can also view and compose their images using the Leica 35mm viewfinder (optional) which fits into the accessory shoe on top of the camera body and also saves battery power.

The camera records both JPEG and DNG file formats and registered owners can download a copy of Adobe Lightroom 4 to process the camera's DNG raw files. With legendary Leica precision engineering, the X1 is compact (2.4 x 4.9") and lightweight (only 10 oz), and features a design reminiscent of M-series rangefinders.

Large CMOS Sensor

The X1 is built around a 12.2MP CMOS image sensor that's as large (23.6 x 15.8mm) as those in high-quality SLRs.

The Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH.

The Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is a true Leica non-interchangeable lens with superior optical performance. When seen in terms of 35-mm film format, it has a focal length of 35mm.

Complete Control

In Automatic Mode, the camera takes control quickly providing settings for precise exposures. With analog-style manual controls, using the wheels on top of the camera, photographer can adjust shutter speed and aperture.

2.7" Display

The bright 2.7" display of the X1 almost fills the entire back of the camera and reveals the finest details even in bright surroundings.

Live View

The live-view function replaces an optical viewfinder and shows an accurate preview with all essential image information. The Live Mode also makes the X1 particularly versatile for shots taken from unusual perspectives.

Precision Autofocus

The autofocus of the X1 provides fast, precision focusing enabling photographers a choice of 1 or 11 AF segments and an additional high-speed mode for each.

Face Detection Technology

When taking photos of people, face-recognition mode allows users complete concentration on the composition and framing of the picture.

Universal Formats

The X1 transforms image data into JPEG files for immediate use or photographers can choose to save images in the Adobe Digital Negative (DNG), a format that allows image-relevant exploitation of all the benefits of the recorded sensor data.

Retractable Flash

The LEICA X1 features a retractable flash, which serves as a main flash but can also be used as a fill-in flash and 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 (not included) are also compatible.

Workflow Solution

With Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, a professional digital workflow solution, also available as an online download free of charge for all Leica X1 customers. It helps keep files organized and can process the X1 DNG raw files.

Precision Engineering

Product of 100-years of German engineering experience.


2-Year International Warranty

Leica X1 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 12.9 Megapixel
Effective: 12.2 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio3:2
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Manual
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
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Leica X1 Reviews

Pricey, very compact, beautiful pics

By Artemadorus
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-26

I use this product as my carry everywhere camera, especially for travel. The best things about it are it's small size. For the size of the sensor, the camera is very portable. (Actually, it's very portable for any sized sensor.) It also takes beautiful pictures. The layout of the controls is lovely. It would be better if it had a OVF built in (the add-on is expensive and you don't get any information from the camera when you use it). Really, the only real flaw with this camera is its price. It's way smaller than the Fuji's and better pictures (IMO).

Superb Glass and Low Light Performance

By Larry Lou
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-12-13

This is my high quality compact point and shoot when I cannot lug my DSLR and lenses. Just took me a few hours to shoot the first wow photo. This camera sports is a true Leica lens and yields photos that are noticeably superior to my D-Lux 3 and equal to my D-700


By PACoug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-12-12

I came up shooting a speed graphic. It's possible to shoot quickly with that camera but it is most rewarding on a tripod. Like many shooters here I have tried a number of digital cameras and have been largely disappointed with the results I've been getting compared to the results I can get with my film gear. I've been shooting a full-frame 5D II with some very good glass (for Canon). And I've gotten some fantastic shots from that setup. But the grain and color have just The X1 is the first digital camera I've used that gives me results that make me happy. It has given me back the smooth creaminess that I've been trying so long to find in the digital realm. Black and white or color, if I pay attention to my composition, I'm going to have more keepers with this camera than with the big rig. If you can lock this camera down on a non-windy, clear day, you will get some of the sharpest images you'll ever see. Fixed lens cameras are the sharpest--and a fixed prime lens camera is the sharpest of those. Leica knows a thing or two about that school and they put it all into the x1. Once you are able to chart the boundaries of what this little machine can do--and they're huge--you will have as much fun as you have ever had taking pictures of non-adult material! One of my favorite things about this camera is it looks like an antique and you can walk into a politically sensitive situation without looking like a photojournalist. Took my camera, hanging in plain sight around my neck, into downtown Buenos Aires about a month and a half ago during an acrimonious election season. There was to be a rally, and the police were confiscating journalists' cameras. I looked like a tourist with an old camera around my neck, and they left me alone. Better still, my subjects didn't know they were being seriously photographed and mostly ignored me. I came away with some of the best candid shots of my life, and the authorities never knew where all these great hi-res shots came from. If you shoot political events, public gatherings and other places you may get your camera confiscated, this is a good one to bring with you. So art shots with the x1 make me happy, and work shots make me ecstatic.

An extraordinary compact camera

By Hiking citydiner
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-12-10

I have long used a compact camera to shoot landscapes on many hikes and rambles, as well as candid shots of students at a variety of events: dances, award ceremonies, graduation, etc. I've often posted the results to various web pages and sites. The X1 is light, responsive, has manual or auto settings and is equalled by few competitors. It would suit almost any photographer. It's a thinking person's camera, and rewards it with superb captures.

Good camera, thus far

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-26

I bought this acknowledging that it does not have a zoom lens, and it does not shoot video. So far, even with these limitations, I have enjoyed using it. Here's a run-down of more detailed pros and cons: Pros: - shoots RAW photos - excellent lens - small and lightweight - menus are easy to navigate through - clear LCD monitor, even easy to see in direct sunlight. - free download of Adobe Lightroom 4 Cons: - you need a large capacity memory card if you are going to shoot RAW, the camera automatically shoots JPEGs to go with your RAW photos. There's no option to shoot RAW only. - JPEGs are not very good quality, even FINE just are not very good. Some bokeh and fringing. - very slow recording of RAW files, even with a fast, professional card. - price.

Too Much Money, Too Little Value

By Cowboy Bob
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-25

I own a D-Lux 5 and love it. I rented the X1 to see if it was that much better than either the DL5 or my Canon EOS 5D + Zeiss 35mm. Glad I only rented it. All of the usual complaints about slow setup, slow write to disk, poor battery life are all true. IQ was pretty good, especially in DNG mode. The final straw was watching a fire truck come out of the firehouse with lights blazing. Missed the shot because the camera wouldn't set up in time, and then when it did, the battery died after 100 or so shots. Take this body, Drop the flash. Add EVF instead. Fix all of the software and mechanical issues. Put a Leica quality 35-105mm (35 MM equivalent) f2.8 lens on the thing and charge $3500. That would be a Canon or Nikon killer.

Exactly what I expected.

By ebaydur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-22

I use this product on city escapades, travel, when I'm just out. Being compact and quite light it is a fantastic device to just 'take with you' without having to worry about all of the extra bits/pieces. Design-wise, this camera is flawless. It feels solid, the flash pop-out is not gimmicky at all and the menu navigation is intuitive albeit somewhat slow. I have used it in almost every light condition, and the control you have at your fingertips is phenomenal. Obviously this camera comes with a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, you will definitely not be disappointed with the outcome from your pictures. Also, when getting to grips with all the settings, you'll be content with the results from keeping the camera on its Auto settings. Don't feel discouraged that you're using some 'preset'. Just learn and enjoy it.

Nearly perfect

By Scott W.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-13

Amazing lens on a small camera. Clips highlights a bit but then its not a full-on DSLR.

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