Leica X Vario Camera Now in New Silver Finish

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Since 1849, Leica Camera has been a world renowned name in the photography industry. Among the world’s first camera companies, Leica is known for their legacy of cutting edge designs and innovation. Leica creates some of the most versatile, top-of-line cameras on the market, and as they announced in a Feb. 25 press release, they have a new tool for the traveling shutterfly: The Leica X Vario.

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The X Vario uses a high-performance APS-C format, CMOS image sensor that captures images in 16.5 megapixels. The camera also offers an incredible zoom range for shots of landscapes or portraits. For those looking to capture a moment in action, the Leica X Vario will record videos in full-HD with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.

The Leica X Vario is a remarkable camera that offers the quality, versatility and creative freedom that you would expect from Leica Camera. And, adding this striking silver finish to the camera only made it even more appealing that it already was. The retail price for the camera is $2,850.

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Technical Specifications

Technical data                                   LEICA X VARIO


Lens:                                                              Leica Vario Elmar 18 – 46 mm f/3.5 – 6.4  ASPH. (35 mm equivalent. 28 – 70 mm)

9 Elements in 8 groups

2 aspherical lens elements

Aperture settings:                                          3.5 / 6.4 to 16 (1/3-EV increments)

Focusing range:                                             30 cm–infinity

AF focusing:                                                   1-point, 11-point, spot, face detection

Image sensor:                                                APS-C CMOS image sensor with 16.5 MP (effective 16.2 MP)

Resolution:                                                     JPEG in 3:2 format: 4928 × 3264 pixels (16.1 MP), 4288 × 2856 pixels (12.2 MP), 3264 × 2160 pixels (7.1 MP), 2144 × 1424 pixels (3.1 MP), 1632 × 1080 pixels (1.8 MP)

DNG in 3:2 format: 4944 × 3272 pixels (16.2 MP)

Image quality:                                                JPEG super fine, JPEG fine, DNG + JPEG super fine, DNG + JPEG fine

Exposure control

Exposure modes:                                           Automatic programme (P), automatic aperture priority (A), manual setting (M)

Exposure compensation:                               Increments: 1/3 to 3 EV increments, 3 exposures

Automatic exposure bracketing:                   1/3 to 3 EV increments, 3 exposures

Metering modes:                                           Smart multi-segment metering, centre-weighted metering, selective (spot) metering

White balance:                                               Auto, halogen, daylight, flash, cloudy, shade, electronic flash, 2 manual settings, manual colour temperature setting with fine tuning

Sensitivity:                                                     Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500

Shutter speeds:                                             30 s–1/2000 s

Continuous shooting:                                    3 fps or 5 fps, max. 7 consecutive exposures with constant shooting speed in DNG + JPEG fine quality

Film modes:                                                   Standard, dynamic, natural, b/w natural, b/w high contrast


Flash modes:                                                 Auto, flash exposure correction, red-eye correction, fill-in flash, slow sync, studio, 1st/2nd curtain sync

Hot shoe:                                                       Compatible with Leica SF 24D, Leica SF 58 flash units

Monitor:                                                         3″ TFT LCD with 921,600 pixels, wide-angle field of view: 100%

Review modes:                                              16-thumbnail display, zoom review (16× max.), image rotation, deletion protection

Storage media

Internal memory:                                           None

Memory cards:                                               SD, SDHC, SDXC

Interfaces:                                                      HDMI out, USB (USB 2.0 high speed)

Battery (rechargeable lithium-ion):               Capacity: ~ 360 exposures

Dimensions (L × H × D):                                ~ 133 x 73 x 95 mm

Weight:                                                           ~ 650/679 g (without/with battery)

Package includes:                                          Battery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BC-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual

Software:                                                       Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free download option after product registration)

Press Release

Allendale, NJ (February 25, 2014) – Leica Camera presents a sleek, silver version of the Leica X Vario as an alternative finish to the understated black of the standard model.

In classic black or stylish silver, the Leica X Vario is a product that epitomizes the Leica’s trademark quality and offers even greater versatility and creative freedom as well as brilliant image quality.


The Leica X-System is defined by its high-performance, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP), remarkably large compared to other cameras in its class. The Leica X Vario is the first compact camera to combine this professional sensor with a high-performance zoom lens – the Leica Vario Elmar 18–46 mm f/3.5–6.4 ASPH. – and, as a result, delivers particularly brilliant exposures in all photographic situations.


For expansive interior shots, landscapes or portrait photography, the zoom range offered by the Leica X Vario allows entirely new horizons for creative photography. Its versatility is further emphasized by a full-HD video recording function, along with crystal-clear sound recording, that lets photographers capture those special moments in moving pictures with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels at a frame rate of 30 full frames per second. A wide range of camera setting options and fast, precise autofocus further enhance the features offered by the Leica X Vario, a camera with a performance profile that offers even the most demanding photographers maximum creative freedom for spontaneous shots as well as for carefully arranged compositions.


Leica also offers an extensive portfolio of accessories for the X Vario that can be added to the camera to make it easily adaptable for every photographic situation. For example, the Leica EVF 2 Viso-Flex electronic accessory viewfinder with 1.4 megapixels and 90° swivel function is extremely helpful when shooting from unusual angles. The accessories also include a handgrip and finger loops in three different sizes that perfectly balance the weight of the camera in the photographer’s hands. An optional lens hood diminishes reflections, and the Leica SF 24 D flash unit offers greater freedom for subject lighting. The portfolio of accessories is further complemented by a comprehensive range of premium-quality bags, cases and straps.


The silver X Vario and the entire range of optional accessories are now available at select Leica Stores, boutiques, and authorized dealers across the U.S.


About Leica Camera:

Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, technology and experience. It is at once an extension of art, knowledge and philosophy, providing a state-of-the-art optical experience in a precision, hand-made photographic instrument. Leica Camera has a simple mission: to provide users with an incomparable experience, an instrument that defines an unsurpassed heritage and sets a standard of excellence for the industry to meet.


(Source: Leica Camera)