Leica X Vario Review

April 16, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Leica X Vario is a 16 megapixel prosumer compact camera with an image-stabilized 28-70mm (eq.) f/3.5-6.4 zoom lens. The X Vario has an APS-C sized 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio which promises to deliver similar image quality to a DSLR camera. The Leica X Vario also offers a pop-up flash and hot shoe, 3-inch LCD screen with 920k-dot resolution, 1080p Full HD videos, 11-point AF system, full range of advanced controls from manual exposure to manual focus, sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,500, maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, JPEG and DNG RAW file support, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 5 frames per second. The recommended retail price of the Leica X Vario is £2150 / $2850.

Ease of Use

From the get-go the Leica X Vario immediately seduces you, looking rather minimalist and purposeful in its matt black form. Still, this does mean that the (in)famous red Leica badge and logo very much stands out due its position top left of the lens, a hard plastic clip-on cap provided as protection for that renowned glass.

Just right of the badge, if viewing the camera front-on, and nudging closer to the lens, is a small porthole containing the traditional AF assist/self timer lamp. Between top and bottom of the faceplate there is also a wide band of leather effect padding that is largely there for show than serving as a practical form of grip. In fact there is nothing resembling a traditional handgrip provided with the camera at all, though there is an optional accessory grip. Having said that, the solidity and weight of the X Vario's build - a much heavier than average for a compact 628g with battery - means that it didn't feel like the Leica X Vario would suddenly slip from our grasp at any point.

The X Vario has a zoom lens complete with manual zoom and focus rings, which go a long way towards making it feel like a "proper" camera, rather than a humble compact. At 28mm and 70mm the lens protrudes a little way from the front of the housing, only being fully enclosed at the 50mm focal length. We were disappointed by the maximum apertures though - f/3.5 at the wide end and f/6.4 at telephoto are certainly nothing to write home about, limiting its use somewhat in low-light environments. The focus ring cleverly has settings for both auto and manual focusing - simply set it to AF for, you guessed it, autofocusing, or turn it to the left to disengage AF and switch to manual focusing instead. A very neat solution.

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Front Rear

The X Vario's top plate features the pop up flash, a hotshoe offering full compatibility with the Leica SF 24D and SF 58 system flash units, aperture and shutter speed dials, plus the on/off switch that ergonomically encircles the shutter release button. This isn't just a power switch however as the two 'on' settings provided here directly alternate between single shot ('S') and continuous shooting ('C') options (3fps or 5fps to a maximum 10 shots) - so you've always got these drive modes literally at the tip of your forefinger. New to the X Vario is a one-touch movie record button, with 1080p recording at 30fps on offerin the MP4 format, complete with stereo sound recording, a big advance on the similar X2 camera.

Flick the switch to 'S' or 'C' setting and the Leica impressively readies itself for action in about 1 second. Squeeze the shutter release button in single shot mode to take a maximum resolution 'Super Fine' JPEG and the camera takes around five seconds to write the file to memory, although thankfully you can take another picture at the same time. Take a top quality JPEG and Leica's 'DNG' file version of Raw and the camera isn't any noticeably slower however, plus the advantage of the DNG format is that it can be opened directly by Photoshop without specialist conversion software required. Though the auto-focus system occasionally hunts to find a target, overall the X Vario is quick enough to lock onto and determine focus and exposure at both ends of the zoom range.

The back of the Leica X Vario features a switch for raising the flash over at the left hand side, whilst a command dial sits over at the top right. This is used for setting the aperture and/or shutter speed, while a clockwise turn enlarges a portion of a captured image and an anti-clockwise spin presents up to 16 thumbnails on screen at a time.

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Front Pop-up Flash

With the 3-inch LCD screen taking up a little less than two thirds of the back plate, this has left room for a row of five function buttons ranged vertically down the left hand side of the screen, whilst over at the right hand side sits a familiar cross key/command pad style arrangement.

The buttons at the left of the LCD are both clearly marked and instantly comprehended. From the top we have a 'play' button for reviewing previously captured images, whilst next up is a combined delete/focus button. The 'focus' element comes into play once the user has switched from default auto focus to manual focus simply by turning the Focus ring on the lens from AF to one of the distance settings - very intuitive; whereby a central portion of the image is enlarged - as when using live view on a DSLR for manual focus - and a sliding scale of between 0.3 metres and infinity (and the same distance given in feet) provided to adjust the focus range accordingly. With the smaller screen scale and lower resolution plus no focus peaking feature, we found it trickier to accurately determine pin sharpness than we might have liked, but at least the function is there.

Alternatively if leaving the camera to its own auto-focus devices the user has a choice of a single point AF, a DSLR-like 11-point AF, spot or face detection AF settings. In addition, it's worth mentioning that a press of the delete button immediately brings up the option to delete one image or all, with your choice highlighted by a black overlay on an otherwise dark grey background. As conventional wisdom usually has it that a lighter colour highlights the menu option in play - rather than black, as here - we were brought to the threshold of accidentally deleting all images on several occasions until we got used to this bucking of tradition.

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Top Side

The next button down on the backplate strip of five is for manual white balance adjustments, and here, in addition to automatic, the usual suspects are provided: tungsten, fluorescent, flash, (daylight) cloudy, (daylight) shady, along with the ability to take your own white balance setting. The button directly beneath governs ISO settings, with the range going from ISO 100 to a top end ISO 12500, presented as with the previous setting as a toolbar overlaying the right hand side of the screen.

The bottom button of the row of five on the X Vario is the menu button. As we'd expect this is where the nitty gritty of the camera's operation is decided and acted upon. Naturally enough it's here that we choose the camera's resolution, with options ranging from 1.8 megapixels all the way up to 16 megapixels, plus opt for a level of compression. The JPEG options are either JPEG fine or the optimum 'super fine'. Then there's the chance to pair a super fine JPEG with a DNG file, or a fine JPEG with a DNG file. We don't then get the opportunity to shoot Leica's version of Raw on its own. Also via the menu screens we can select the camera's metering modes, with multi field metering, centre weighted metering and spot metering all offered up. Further options include the ability to turn image stabilization on or off, individually adjust sharpening, saturation and contrast in camera - with the default setting being 'standard' and the other alternatives ranging from 'low' to 'high'.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Moving to the rather cheap-feeling set of cross keys on the right of the screen, at twelve o'clock we find an exposure compensation button, with adjustable settings ranging from a standard -3EV to + 3EV. Subsequent presses call up a further exposure bracketing option across the same incremental steps, plus flash exposure compensation. Moving clock wise through the cross keys, and at three o'clock we find a button governing the more comprehensive than usual flash settings. These cover: auto, auto with red eye reduction, forced flash on, forced on with red eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red eye reduction, plus a fairly blinding (yet effective) studio flash option for triggering external slave flash units. The next button that comes into play is at nine o'clock for the self-timer control. This throws up an option of two seconds or 12 seconds, and that's it - rather strangely the 6 o'clock position doesn't actually have a setting.

At the centre of the cross keys is a self-explanatory button labeled 'info', though in truth it's function is closer to that of a standard 'display' button rather than providing the on-board manual its name might suggest. A press of this in capture mode removes icons for the shooting mode in play, number of shots remaining, battery life, focus and metering mode from the screen to provide a clear view of the subject, whilst a further press brings up a nine zone compositional grid for which to practice our Rule of Thirds.

Whilst the left hand flank of the X Vario is devoid of features save for a protruding metal lug for attaching the strap, the right flank features a second lug and a flip open door protecting two ports: one a five pin mini USB socket and the second for HDMI output. The base of the camera meanwhile features a marginally off-centre screw thread, with a large catch protected compartment housing both the supplied BP-DC8 lithium ion battery and port for optional removable SD media alongside it. Media of choice is the expected 'all varieties of SD card' whilst the unit also comes with 110MB of internal memory out of the box. The battery is good for around 350 shots according to claimed CIPA standards from a full 200-minute charge.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Superfine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Leica X Vario produced images of very good quality during the review period. This camera produces noise-free images at ISO 100 up to ISO 800, with some noise appearing at ISO 1600. The faster setting of ISO 3200 is still usable, although we'd suggest avoiding ISO 6400 and especially 12500 if possible. The 16 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting. The built-in pop-up flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was very good, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds allowing you to capture enough light in most situations.


There are 8 ISO settings available on the Leica X Vario. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:


ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Leica X Vario's lens provides a focal length of 28-70mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.



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File Quality

The Leica X Vario has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option, and it supports the RAW format too. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Super Fine (4.33Mb)

Fine (2.52Mb)

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RAW (23.3Mb)


Chromatic Aberrations

The Leica X Vario handled chromatic aberrations extremely well during the review, with very limited purple fringing mainly present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)



The Leica X Vario offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 30cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.


Macro (100% Crop)

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The flash settings on the Leica X Vario are Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Forced on, Forced on+Red-eye, Slow Sync., Slow Sync.+Red-eye reduction, and Studio first curtain. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (70mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (70mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (70mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto setting or the Red Eye Fix option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

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Red Eye

Red Eye (100% Crop)

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The Leica X Vario's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual mode, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.


Night (100% Crop)

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Anti Shake

The Leica X Vario has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than wthout it turned on. To test this, we took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Anti Shake Off (100% Crop)

Anti Shake On (100% Crop)

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Leica X Vario camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Superfine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Leica X Vario enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Leica RAW (DNG) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 28 second movie is 52.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Leica X Vario / Pop-up Flash

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Rear of the Leica X Vario


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Rear of the Leica X Vario / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Leica X Vario / Main Menu
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


OK, we're a little late to the party with our review of the Leica X Vario, so how does it stack up nearly a year after its release now that the likes of the exciting Fujifilm X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Sony A7 cameras have also entered the market?

Well, the Leica X Vario is still the only compact camera with an APS-C sensor and a zoom lens, so if you really want that combination, it's the only camera in the running. While the lens and sensor undoubtedly deliver excellent image quality, the slow apertures at either end of the focal range do limit where you can use the X Vario. Be prepared to push the ISO speed indoors, and don't expect to achieve the silky smooth bokeh effects that other faster lenses can produce, and you'll be more than happy with the images from the Leica X Vario.

The build quality is also all that you'd expect from a Leica camera, although the cheap-feeling silver plastic navigation pad on the rear is rather incongruous. Otherwise the X Vario more than lives up to Leica's usual impeccable standards, while the dedicated shutter speed and aperture control dials together with the clever focus ring make it a cinch to use for more experienced photographers. The lack of a built-in EVF and grip, both expensive optional accessories, may put off some potential buyers though.

As ever with Leica, if you have to ask the price of the X Vario, you probably can't afford it. An official asking price of £2150 / $2850 for what is after all a compact camera will make almost everyone's eyes water. Judged without considering the price, the Leica Vario X just about makes sense as a well-built premium compact that delivers great image quality with the minimum of fuss - only you can decide if the price-tag is also justified...

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 2.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Leica X Vario.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR has finally arrived, boasting improvements to virtually every aspect of its popular predecessor, the breakthrough 5D Mark II. It's cost has also increased significantly, so does the new 5D Mark III offer enough to justify the £2999 / $3499 asking price? Read our detailed Canon EOS 5D Mark III review to find out.

Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a brand new compact system camera that looks, feels and performs very much like a classic DSLR that''s been shrunk in the wash. Is this the best X-series camera that Fujifilm have released, and can it compete with the likes of the Sony A7/A7R and Olympus OM-D E-M1, not to mention DSLRs from Canon and Nikon? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T1 review to find out...

Fujifilm X100S

The new Fujifilm X100S promises to be a faster version of 2011's hit camera, the X100, with the S clearly standing for Speed. The X100S also incorporates a new 16 megapixel sensor with the optical low-pass filter removed, some clever manual focusing aids, a better electronic viewfinder and the same gorgeous retro styling and handling of the original model. Does it live up to its potential, or is it too little, too late? Read our expert Fujifilm X100S review to find out...

Leica X2

The Leica X2 is a pocket camera for professionals, offering a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, fast f/2.8, 36mm lens, improved autofocusing and the usual superlative Leica handling and build quality. Is that enough to justify the Leica X2's £1575 / $1995 price tag? Read our in-depth Leica X2 review to find out...

Nikon Coolpix A

The Nikon Coolpix A is a new pocket camera for professionals. The Nikon A features the same 16 megapixel APS-C sensor as the D7000 DSLR, a 28mm f/2.8 lens, full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording, a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen and 4fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix A review to find out if this justifies the £999.99 / $1099.95 price-tag...

Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 is one of the hottest DSLR cameras for 2012. Featuring a remarkable 36 megapixel full-frame sensor, the D800 also offers 1080p HD video, a 3.2-inch LCD screen and a viewfinder with 100% coverage. Read our in-depth Nikon D800 review to find out if it's worth the £2499.00 / $2,999.95 cost of admission.

Nikon Df

The Nikon Df is a modern digital SLR that harks back to the film past, offering a retro design with a plethora of manual controls, whilst completely removing modern innovations like video recording and a pop-up flash. Find out if less really is more in our in-depth Nikon Df review...

Olympus OM-D E-M1

The Olympus O-MD E-M1 is a new professional compact system camera. Targeting its DSLR rivals, Olympus are promoting the E-M1 as a smaller and more capable camera. Read our expert Olympus E-M1 review to find out if it really can beat the competition...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an exciting new compact system camera aimed firmly at keen photographers. With a built-in tilting electronic viewfinder, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, pop-up flash, 60/50p high-definition video, integrated wi-fi and NFC connectivity, both lens and in-body image stabilization, and a stylish design, is the GX7 the ultimate interchangeable lens camera? Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review to find out....

Ricoh GR

At first glance the Ricoh GR looks like a street photographer's dream camera. With a fixed focal length 28mm wide-angle lens, 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, high-res 3 inch LCD screen, flash hotshoe, wealth of customisable controls and a fast auto-focus system, does the pocketable Ricoh GR live up to its promise? Read our in-depth Ricoh GR review complete with full-size image samples to find out...

Samsung NX30

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Sigma DP1 Merrill

The Sigma DP1 Merrill is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon and a fixed 28mm equivalent lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8. Read our in-depth Sigma DP1 Merrill review to find out what this unique camera is capable of...

Sigma DP2 Merrill

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Sigma DP3 Merrill

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Sony A7

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Sony A7R

Big sensor in a small body - that's the USP of the new Sony A7R camera. Offering a 35mm full-frame sensor inside a relatively compact body that takes interchangeable lenses, the A7R is a truly unique and genuinely exciting proposition. Is the Sony A7R the ultimate fusion of DSLR technology and compact system camera size? Read our Sony A7R review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Leica X Vario from around the web.

imaging-resource.com »

The Leica X Vario proved to be more than just an X2 with a fixed-lens zoom, and certainly adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The camera's body design and controls drip with precision engineering, making it a complete joy to hold and shoot.
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stevehuffphoto.com »

With quite a few images under my belt as well as opinions of others who also tried out the camera during the Palouse event, I have 100% come to my conclusion about this camera. Is it a winner or a loser? Whatever I think may not matter though as this camera was judged out of the gate due to the specs, which on paper, look awful. In other words, there is a lot of hate, bitterness and negativity surrounding this release and not just from Leica users but also from users of other types of cameras. It’s as if they let the attack dogs loose.
Read the full review »

blog.mingthein.com »

When the Leica X Vario (Typ 107) was first announced about a month ago, I honestly didn’t quite know what to make of it – though it seemed like a logical evolution of the X line, and a compliment to the M line, the headline spec left most photographers scratching their heads – including this one.
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amateurphotographer.co.uk »

With its 16.2-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor and fixed 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 lens, is the Leica X Vario the camera Leica enthusiasts have been waiting for? Ian Farrell finds out. Read the Leica X Vario X review...
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petapixel.com »

How should I describe the Leica X Vario? It’s as if Leica engineers met at the cafeteria and decided Fuji wasn’t kicking their a** hard enough with the X100/X100s. “Hey, let’s challenge the Fuji XE-1 with a new camera. We will up the ante this time… let’s be double the price of Fuji, AND we will not have interchangeable lens!” Guffaws exploded across the cafeteria as the engineers outlined more specifications to make life living hell for the Leica sales team.
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Camera Leica X Vario (Typ 107) black silver

Lens Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH. (corresponds to 28-70 mm in 35 mm format), 9 lenses in 8 groups, 2 aspherical lenses.

Sensor CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2.

Resolution Selectable for JPEG format: 4928 x 3274 Pixel (16 megapixels), 4288 x 2856 Pixel (12,2 megapixels), 3264 x 2160 Pixel (7 megapixels), 2144 x 1424 Pixel (3 megapixels), 1632 x 1080 Pixel (1,8 megapixels), DNG: 4944 x 3274 Pixel.

Video recording format MP4.

Video resolution/ frame rate

Selectable 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps or 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps.

Aperture range From 3.5 to 16 (at 28 mm)/6.4 to 16 (at 70 mm) in 1/3 EV increments.

Image data file formats / Compression rates

JPG Superfine, JPG Fine, DNG + JPG Superfine, DNG + JPG Fine.

ISO Range Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500.

White balance Automatic, presets for daylight, cloud, halogen lighting, shade, electronic flash, 2 manual settings, manual color temperature setting, fine adjustment option for all settings.

Autofocus system Contrast-based auto focus system.

Distance setting range 30 cm/1 ft (at 70 mm focal length) to infinity.

Autofocus metering methods

1-field, 11-field, spot, face detection.

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 up to 3 EV, adjustable in 1/3 EV increments. Exposure modes M (manual), A (aperture priority), B.

Shutter speed range 30 s to 1/2000 s.

Continuous picture series

3 fps or 5 fps, max. seven pictures with constant frequency in DNG + JPG Fine.

Flash modes Auto, auto/Red-Eye, forced on, forced on/Red eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red eye, Studio.

Flash exposure compensation

± 3 EV in 1/3-EV increments.

Guide number built-in flash unit

For ISO 100, guide number 5.

Recovery time of built-in flash unit

Approx. 5 s with fully charged battery.

Monitor 3" TFT LCD, approx. 920,000 pixels.

Self timer Delay time 2 or 12 s.

Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Connections Mini USB 2.0 socket, HDMI socket, special socket exclusively for external Leica EVF 2 electronic viewfinder.

Power supply Lithium ion battery, rated voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1600 mAh (to CIPA standard): Approx. 350 pictures, charging time (after total discharge): approx. 200 min.

Charger Input: 100–240V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching.

Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (¼ in).

Dimensions (W x H x D) Ca. 133 x 73 x 95 mm / 5.24 x 2.87 x 3.74 in. Weight Ca. 594/628 g / 22.9/24 oz (without/with battery).

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