Leica X-U Review

April 29, 2016 | Amy Davies | |

Specifications

Lens
  Leica Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. (equals 35mm field of view in 35mm- format), 10 lens elements in 8 groups, 4 aspherical surfaces, UW protective glass
Autofocus
System Contrast-based
Distance settings range From 20 cm to infinity, automatic (autofocus) or manual distance setting, optional MF Assist function for distance settings
Metering function Single field, 11-field, spot, face recognition
Sensor
  CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2
Resolution
  Selectable for JPEG format: 16 MP - 4928 x 3264 pixels,12,2 MP- 4272 x 2856 pixels, 7 MP - 3264 x 2160 pixels, 3 MP- 2144 x 1424 pixels,1,8 MP - 1632 x 1080 pixels, DNG: 4944 x 3278 pixels
Video
Recording Format MP4
Resolution/ Image sequence rate Selectable, 1920 x 1080p, 30fps or 1280 x 720p, 30fps
Exposure control
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting
Exposure metering Multi-field, center weighted, spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing Three pictures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1/3 EV increments
ISO Range
  Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500
White Balance
  Automatic, daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings, manual color temperature setting
UW Mode
  Accessible via separate button, adapts white balance and distortion correction to underwater conditions
Shutter Speed Range
  30 s to 1⁄2000s
Image Series
  3fps or 5fps, max. seven exposures at constant exposure frequency with DNG + JPEG Fine
Flash
Operating Modes Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, ON, ON/red eye reduction, long-term synchronization/red eye reduction, OFF
Flash exposure compensation ±3 EV to 1/3 EV increments
Flash operating range (for ISO 100/21°) approx. 0.3 –2.0 m, guide number: 5
Flash recharge time Approx. 5 s with fully charged battery
Monitor
  3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 920,000 pixels
Storage Media
  SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multi-media cards
Self-Timer
  Delay time either 2 or 12s
Operating conditions
  Ambient temperature: 0° to 40 °C/32° to 104 °F (on land/underwater); max. humidity: 85 % (non-condensation)
Water/Dust Resistance
  In compliance with JIS/IEC protection class 68 (IP68) (in accordance with Leica Camera AG testing conditions[1]), allows underwater photography in depths up to 15m / 49ft for max. 60 minutes
Impact Resistance
  In compliance with MIL-STD 810G, method 516.5[2] (in accordance with Leica Camera AG testing conditions[1])
Power Supply
  Lithium ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 3.7V, capacity 1600mAh (as per CIPA standard): approx. 450 exposures, charging time (after deep discharge): approx. 200 min., Model No. BP-DC8, manufacturer: PT SANYO Energy Batam, manufactured in Indonesia
Charger
  Input: 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.2A, automatic switchover, output: 4.2V DC, 0.65A, Model No. BC-DC8, operating conditions: 0 - 35°C/32°-95°F Manufacturer: Phihong (Dongguan) Electronics Co.,Ltd, Made in China
Housing
  Plastic core, aluminum upper and lower covers, flexible TPE reinforcement
Tripod Thread
  A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
Dimensions
  (WxHxD) Approx. 140 x 79 x 88mm / 5^33⁄64 x 3^1⁄8 x 3^15⁄32”
Weight
  Approx. 600/635g / 21.16/22.4oz (without/with battery)