• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Samsung NX20 advantages over Leica X Vario

  • Less expensive
    $499 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 95 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica X Vario advantages over Samsung NX20

  • 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
  • Fast startup
    ~1.90 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 785 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
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • High quality images with lots of detail; Excellent graphical user interface is fun to use; Smart implementation of WiFi makes it relatively easy to share photos wirelessly.

  • Designed so much like a DSLR you may wonder why you shouldn't get a DSLR instead; Some performance issues, particularly slow buffer clearing and shot-to-shot speed; Initial WiFi set-up can be confusing.

  • 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 Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX20
Sony NEX-7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Leica X Vario
Sony NEX-7
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-01

Samsung NX20
Pentax K-01
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Leica X Vario
Pentax K-01
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Samsung NX20
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Leica X Vario
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Samsung NX20
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $932
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • Newer
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $932
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Sigma dp0 Quattro

Samsung NX20
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • Newer
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
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