'Largest sensor in a compact'

Renowned camera manufacturer Leica has announced the new X1 – a model that Leica claims features the largest sensor in any compact.

The X1 features a 12.2MP CMOS sensor in APS-C format, the same type as is found in a range of DSLRs. As a result, Leica claims that the sensor will ‘guarantee low noise levels, high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation’.


Leica X1 back | News | What Digital Camera


The X1 features a fixed 24mm lens – 35mm in equivalent terms – boasting a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The X1 also features a bright 2.7in LCD screen, filling almost the entire rear of the camera, and the conventional compact live-view feed means there is no viewfinder, though a hot-shoe viewfinder is available as an optional accessory. Despite the model’s small profile, however, the X1 still manages to include a pop-up flash.

Leica X1 front with flash | News | What Digital Camera


Design-wise, the X1 features similar stylings as the brand’s legendary M series, though is slightly smaller than the M9 also announced today.

Leica X1 top | News | What Digital Camera

The Leica X1 is due on sale at the start of next year, with pricing yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to Leica for more information.