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Leica X1 review

Is this the compact camera enthusiasts have been begging for?

Leica X1 review: Resolution and image quality

As part of our image quality testing of the Leica X1, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the X100 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files and 22 (LWPPH x100) in its raw files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:


Full iso 100 resolution chart

Cropped iso 100 resolutio chart image

ISO 100, score: 18

Cropped iso 200 resolutio chart image

ISO 200, score: 18

Cropped iso 400 resolutio chart image

ISO 400, score: 18

Cropped iso 800 resolutio chart image

ISO 800, score: 18

Cropped iso 1600 resolutio chart image

ISO 1600, score: 16

Cropped iso 3200 resolutio chart image

ISO 3200, score: 16


Cropped iso 100 raw image

ISO 100, score: 22

Cropped iso 200 raw image

ISO 200, score: 22

Cropped iso 800 raw image

ISO 400, score: 22

Cropped iso 800 resolution chart

ISO 800, score: 22

Cropped iso 1600 raw image

ISO 1600, score: 20

Cropped iso 3200 raw image

ISO 3200, score: 20

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameLeica
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)286 g
Flash Memory Capacity50 GB
Minimum Focus Distance300 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4272 x 2848
Maximum Frame Rate3 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Height59.5 mm
Width124 mm
Depth32 mm
Autofocus Points11
Focal Length24 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesManual
ManufacturerLeica Microsystems GmbH
Product ModelLeica X1
Product NameLeica X1 Compact Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberLeica X1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Leica X1 is now available in an elegant all-black finish that, in addition to the new colour scheme, also has a more coarsely structured leather trim than the steel-grey model. With its combination of refined styling and high-performance technical features, the LEICA X1 is the ideal companion for discerning photographers in whichever finish they prefer.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • Leica X1 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker