• APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Leica X Vario advantages over Ricoh GR II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    70 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 1,078 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.4 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Ricoh GR II advantages over Leica X Vario

  • Less expensive
    $538 vs $2099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 95 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    248g vs 636g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 920k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    300 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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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.

  • Shooting with a wide prime helps you see new shots; Good performance and fast autofocus; Excellent sharp, bright lens; Very customizable; In-camera Wi-Fi works with more than just Android and iOS; Supports Pentax wireless flash strobes

  • Fixed, wide prime lens isn't for everyone; Cramped controls; Burst capture is slower for JPEGs; Tends too warm under incandescent lighting; Wi-Fi app is poor, and web browser control has cluttered interface

The Competition

Compared to Nikon Coolpix A

Leica X Vario
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $471
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
Ricoh GR II
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $589
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $471
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Ricoh GR

Leica X Vario
Ricoh GR
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Integrated ND filter
Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR
  • $589
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $799
  • APS-C

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Leica X Vario
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
Ricoh GR II
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $589
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels

Compared to Sigma dp3 Quattro

Leica X Vario
Sigma dp3 Quattro
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
Ricoh GR II
Sigma dp3 Quattro
  • $589
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels

Compared to Sigma dp0 Quattro

Leica X Vario
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Ricoh GR II
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $589
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Wider angle lens
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