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Leica X Vario

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Initial Price: 
$3500
  • 16.2 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor
  • Vario-Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH
  • ISO 100- 12500
  • Up to 5fps
  • Full HD video recording (1920x1080/30fps)
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Description by Leica:

BRILLIANT IMAGE QUALITY
The Leica X Vario offers the unique combination of an unusually large sensor with a high performance autofocus zoom lens in a compact camera. Even with a maximum aperture of f/3.5, this combination allows the creative use of planes of sharpness to lend images incomparable plasticity and depth. The wide-angle to telephoto zoom range of the Leica X Vario offers great scope for creative composition, whether used for capturing indoor scenes, sweeping landscapes or intimate portraits. 

LEICA M AS A ROLE MODEL
Even at first glance, it is obvious that the Leica X Vario contains the DNA of the Leica M. True to the concept of its role model, it also concentrates on compactness and construction, employing only the finest materials. For instance, the top plate is machined from solid aluminum in the same process as that used for the Leica M. The magnesium and aluminum body feels comfortably solid in the hand. At the same time, soft leather trim lends the Leica X Vario reassuring grip characteristics.

INTUITIVE HANDLING
When it comes to handling, the Leica X Vario follows the lead of the Leica M and offers a persuasively simple handling concept that is reduced to the bare essentials in all respects. All functions and controls are clearly laid out, and settings can be changed in an instant to meet the needs of any photographic situation. At the same time, the commendably user-friendly menu interface displayed on the high-resolution 3" monitor provides a clear overview of all settings at a glance. 

FULL-HD VIDEO
This compact camera offers a full-HD video recording option with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 full frames per second. What's more, the full-HD videos can be saved in Internet-friendly MP4 format and uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices without any need for conversion, allowing inspiring moments to be shared with friends in HD videos. An integrated wind-cut filter ensures super audio clarity. 

CREATIVE FREEDOM
Just like the Leica X2, the Leica X Vario is prioritized on achieving one particularly crucial goal: the sheer joy of photography - whether for casual shots or carefully arranged compositions. This is made possible by the ability to switch between automatic and manual control in a split second. The precise click-detent dials on the top plate allow manual pre-selection of the required shutter speed and aperture values. In addition, the required focusing distance and focal length can be set via the focusing ring on the lens. 

ALWAYS READY TO SHOOT
The superior performance of the Leica X Vario is revealed in naturally lit situations, and is enhanced by its lens hood. But the camera also shows its true strengths in difficult lighting situations and failing or low light. Thanks to its large sensor and fast Leica lens, it allows exposures to a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12500 and thus offers even greater scope for creative experimentation. The Leica X Vario is simply ready to shoot at any moment - like every true Leica.

RELIABLE AUTOFOCUS
The Leica X Vario's autofocus is fast, extremely precise and perfect for spontaneous and discreet photography. It's also ideal for letting you become a part of the action and capturing life's intimate moments. As the autofocus zone can be selected manually to define the desired plane of sharpness, photographers can compose their pictures exactly as they envisage them in their mind's eye.

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The Highly Anticipated ‘Mini M’ Features Characteristics Reminiscent of the Legendary M-System

Solms, Germany, 11 June 2013: Leica Camera AG has unveiled the latest addition to its digital compact camera offerings and presents the Leica X Vario. Made in Leica Camera’s headquarters in Germany, 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. With several design and handling characteristics of the storied M-System, the ‘Made in Germany’ Leica X Vario offers great versatility and creative freedom.

Post date: 12/06/2013 - 18:43

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$3500
Release Date: 
06/2013
Image Sensor
Type: 
APS-C
Image Sensor Type : 
23.6 x 15.7 mm CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels: 
16.2 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
16.5Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
3:2
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
Bayer RGB color filter
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization system : 
No
Lenses
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 
1.5x the focal length of the lens
Focal Length details: 
Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46 mm ASPH. (corresponds to 28-70 mm in 35 mm format), 9 lenses in 8 groups, 2 aspherical lenses.
Lens Zoom: 
2.5x
Max Aperture: 
f/3.5-6.4
Storage
Memory Card Slots: 
1
Memory Card Type: 
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
Multi-field,
center-weighted,
spot.
Exposure Compensation: 
±3.0 EV
Exposure Compensation Details: 
±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments.
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
Three pictures in graduations up to 3 EV, adjustable in 1/3 EV increments.
Maximum shutter speed: 
1/2000 sec
Minimum shutter speed: 
30 sec
Bulb mode: 
Yes
Shooting Modes: 
Automatic program,
aperture priority,
shutter speed priority
manual setting.
Drive Modes: 
single
continuous
self timer
movie
Continuous shooting: 
5.0 fps
Continuous Shooting Details: 
series 3 fps or 5 fps, max. seven pictures with constant frequency in DNG + JPG Fine.
Self Timer : 
2 or 12 s
ISO Range: 
100 - 12,500 ISO
ISO Sensitivity: 
Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500.
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Automatic,
presets for daylight,
cloud,
halogen lighting,
shade,
electronic flash,
2 manual settings,
manual color temperature setting,
fine adjustment option for all settings.
Focusing
Focusing Type: 
Contrast detect
AF System Points: 
11 points
AF Modes: 
Single
Face Detection
Live View
Closest Focusing Distance : 
30 cm/1 ft (at 70 mm focal length) to infi nity.
Live View
Liveview: 
Yes
Monitor
Rear screen size: 
3.0 in
Rear Screen type: 
TFT
Rear Screen Details: 
3" TFT LCD
Resolution: 
920000 dots
Rear Screen Touch sensitive: 
No
Tiltable Monitor: 
No
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Flash Modes: 
Auto,
auto/Red-Eye,
forced on,
forced on/Red eye,
Slow Sync,
Slow Sync/Red eye,
Studio.
Flash compensation: 
±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Redeye Reduction: 
yes
Guide Number: 
For ISO 100, guide number 5.
Media Types / Sizes
Maximum Still Image Size: 
4928 x 3274
Maximum Video Image Size (pixels/fps): 
1920 x 1080 / 30
Image Sizes: 
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.
Still Image Format: 
JPG
DNG
Movie: 
1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps
1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps.
Movie Format: 
MP4
Other Features
Wi-Fi: 
No
GPS: 
No
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the User
Histogram: 
Yes
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
Mini USB 2.0
Other Conection Interface: 
HDMI socket, special socket exclusively for external Leica EVF 2 electronic viewfinder.
Power Source
Power Source: 
Lithium ion battery, rated voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1600 mAh
Battery Life: 
Approx. 350 pictures, charging time (after total discharge): approx. 200 min.( CIPA standard)
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Magnesium and aluminum body
Weather sealing: 
No
Width: 
133mm
Height: 
73mm
Depth: 
95mm
Weight: 
628.0 g

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