• APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Leica X Vario advantages over Pentax K-S1

  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 1,061 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/180 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots

Pentax K-S1 advantages over Leica X Vario

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $2099*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 480 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    69 mm vs 95 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.4 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    20 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Outstanding design and build; Exceptionally sharp 28-70mm equivalent zoom lens; Very good still image quality with accurate and realistic colors; Fairly speedy and accurate autofocusing.

  • Expensive, especially for a fixed-lens compact; Relatively slow f/3.5-6.4 lens; Below average video functionality and quality; Not at all pocketable, about as big and heavy as a mirrorless camera with a moderate zoom lens attached.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Leica X Vario
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
Pentax K-S1
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Sigma dp3 Quattro

Leica X Vario
Sigma dp3 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
Pentax K-S1
Sigma dp3 Quattro
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Nikon D5500

Leica X Vario
Nikon D5500
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-S1
Nikon D5500
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-S2

Leica X Vario
Pentax K-S2
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $512
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-S1
Pentax K-S2
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • $512
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Sigma dp0 Quattro

Leica X Vario
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Pentax K-S1
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
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