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Leica X Vario 'Mini M' Revealed

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

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Leica X VARIO in Compact Cameras

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

Max Aperturef/3.5 - f/6.4
35mm equivalent28mm - 70mm
Optical Zoom2.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.5Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.6mm
Sensor Size (height)15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus30cm
Focusing modes
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 12500
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)350shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsBattery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BC-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual.

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11 Jun 2013 3:22PM
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 12 1.3k England
11 Jun 2013 4:03PM
Seems that it's forever April 1st in Leica land.

How much ?

f3.5 to 6.4, you gotta be joking ?
josa 5 25 Czech Republic
11 Jun 2013 4:06PM
So much for a "German engineering". Seriously, how many universities you need to create a #@!$ like this one...
ollyM5 4 New Zealand
13 Jun 2013 10:35PM
Over rated & overpriced Sensor on an OMD is already better than Leica M!

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