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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Leica X VARIO

Leica Launch X Vario 'Mini M' - Leica has revealed its 'Mini M' to be the X Vario, with characteristics like the legendary M-System.

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X VARIO
Leica Camera AG has unveiled the latest addition to its digital compact camera offerings and presents the Leica X Vario.

The X Vario features a high-performance 16.5-megapixel (effective 16.1), APS-C format, CMOS image sensor, a zoom lens covering a range of focal lengths from 28 to 70 mm (35 mm equivalent) and Full-HD video recording capability. 

The X Vario’s high performance image sensor is unusually large for a camera in its class. Combined with the Leica Vario Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH, it sets completely new standards for imaging quality in the compact segment with outstanding exposures in all situations. The Leica X Vario is the world’s first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens.

From expansive interior shots, landscapes to portrait photography, the range of focal lengths offered by the Leica X Vario opens up entirely new horizons for creative photography. The camera’s versatility is further expanded by a new, 1080p Full HD video recording function that allows photographers to record memories at a frame rate of 30 full frames per second. The video data can be saved in MP4 format and uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices without any need for conversion. An integrated wind-noise filter that reduces undesirable noise guarantees crystal-clear sound recording.

The Leica X Vario is available now from authorised Leica dealers, and is offered in a black finish. It is also available as a set with the X Vario camera protector and carrying strap in tan leather. The suggested retail price of the Leica X Vario is £2,150 inc. VAT; the set SRP is £2,250.

Individual accessories are priced as follows (SRP including VAT):
  • EVF 2 Viso-Flex: £380
  • Lens hood: £90
  • Handgrip: £100
  • SF 24 D flash unit: £270
  • Finger loops for handgrip: £90 in S, M or L
  • Leather ever-ready case in black or tan: £180
  • Leather camera protector in black or tan: £90
  • Carrying strap with protective flap in black or tan: £80
  • Wrist strap with protective flap in black or tan: £60
For more information, visit Leica's website.

Leica X VARIO Specifications

ManufacturerLeica
Lens
Max Aperture f/3.5 - f/6.4
35mm equivalent 28mm - 70mm
Optical Zoom 2.5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.5Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4928
Pixels (H) 3264
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Size (width) 23.6mm
Sensor Size (height) 15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 920k
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 30cm
Focusing modes
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 12500
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp +/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 5fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video No
Other Features
Image Stabilisation No
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-ion
CIPA Rating 350
Box Contents
Box Contents Battery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BC-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual.
Dimensions
Weight 650g
Width 133mm
Height 73mm
Depth 95mm

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Comments

johnriley1uk
johnriley1uk e2 Member 926 forum postsjohnriley1uk vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 3:22 PM

Interesting. My first reaction is that it would be a nice compact design, but put the lens on the front and it's no longer compact.

If we need a carrying case, then perhaps we would be better with a compact DSLR?

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pcheywood
pcheywood  81300 forum posts England
11 Jun 2013 - 4:03 PM

Seems that it's forever April 1st in Leica land.

How much ?

f3.5 to 6.4, you gotta be joking ?

js12
js12  125 forum posts Czech Republic
11 Jun 2013 - 4:06 PM

So much for a "German engineering". Seriously, how many universities you need to create a #@!$ like this one...

ollyM5
ollyM5  New Zealand
13 Jun 2013 - 10:35 PM

Over rated & overpriced Sensor on an OMD is already better than Leica M!

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