• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sigma DP1 Merrill advantages over Leica X Vario

  • Less expensive
    $849 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
  • Thinner
    63 mm vs 95 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    391g vs 636g
    Lighter weight
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Leica X Vario advantages over Sigma DP1 Merrill

  • 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 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    70 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.30 vs 0.49 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.4 fps vs 3.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12500 vs 6400 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

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 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
  • 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

  • Exceptionally detailed and uniquely beautiful image quality at low ISOs; Fast, sharp 28mm-equivalent lens; Simple, straightforward controls match camera's simple, straightforward (street photography) goals.

  • Fixed-focal-length lens; Image quality deteriorates significantly at ISO 800 and above; Overall sluggish performer; Falls short when capturing JPEGs; Terrible VGA-only video quality; Very poor battery life; No built-in flash.

  • 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 Leica X2

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X2
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica X Vario
Leica X2
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Wider angle lens
  • $889
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $889
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Wider angle lens
  • $1534
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
Leica X Vario
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1534
  • APS-C
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Thinner

Compared to Sigma dp0 Quattro

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $949
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Fujifilm X70
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Leica X Vario
Fujifilm X70
  • $2525
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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