Fuji X100 vs. Leica X1 specs comparison

Since Fuji officially announced the X100 to the US market last week, I now have more detailed information to update my previous Leica X1 vs. Fuji X100 specifications comparison:

FujiFilm X100 Leica X1
Resolution 12.3MP 12.9MP
LCD screen TFT, 100% coverage TFT, 100% coverage
LCD screen size and resolution 2.8 in. 460,000 dots 2.7 in. 230,000 dots
ISO range 200-6400 (expandable to 100-12800) 100-3200
Lens Fujinon 23mm f/2 Elmarit 24 mm f/2,8 ASPH
Lens design 8 elements in 6 groups, 1 aspherical 8 elements in 6 groups, 1 aspherical
Video mode HD 1280×720 with stereo sound N/A
Image stabilization No Yes
Max shutter 1/4000 at f/8, 1/1000 at f/2
3 f-stops built-in ND filter
1/2000 across the aperture range
RAW format RAF DNG (Adobe)
Continuous shooting 5/3 fps 3/2 fps
Exposure compensation -2.0EV +2.0EV 1/3EV step -3.0EV +3.0EV 1/3EV step
Storage 20MB internal, SDHC/SDXC(UHS-I) 50MB internal, SDHC
Battery capacity 300 exposures 260 exposures
Warranty 1 year 2 years
Included software Silkypix (Windows only, $100 value) Adobe Lightroom ($260 value)
Made in Japan Germany
Dimensions (WxHxD) 126.5 x 74.4 x 53.9 mm 124 x 32 x 59.5 mm
Weight 405 g 286 g
Price $1,199.00 $1995.00

  • Leica has an advantage on the low ISO range. In general, Leica is very conservative with their specifications and when they say 3200 ISO that means anything above that level is useless. It remains to be seen if the ISO 6400 on the X100 is usable or only a “paper specification”. Some Fuji X100 samples are available herehere and here but I could not find any high ISO images.
  • Leica’s Elmarit lens is a “baby M” lens – it is based on the legendary M lenses and is designed by the same engineering team in Solms. Fuji has produced only few Fujinon lenses in the past.
  • A note on the shutter speed: Leica X1 has a constant shutter speed of 1/2000 across the aperture range. Fuji X100 has 1/4000 speed at f/8 (or smaller aperture) and 1/1000 at f/2. This is a good example of how specifications could be misleading.
  • Minimal focus distance is 10cm for the X100 and 30cm for the X1. The close macro distance could be a double-edged sword. Usually, IQ is compromised in order to make a lens able to focus at very close distance.
  • The software (Silkypix) that comes with the Fuji X100 is Windows only (update: Fuji confirmed that the X100 will ship with Silkypix for Mac and Windows OS). I hope Adobe’s Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture will be able to handle Fuji’s RAF format.

  • Fuji X100 has a 3 f-stops built-in ND filter.
  • Update: The Fuji X100 aperture control is on the lens, the X1 has the aperture control on the top of the camera.
  • Note: the included camera images are probably not proportional (the Leica X1 is smaller in size).

Fuji X100 accessories:

Leica X1 accessories:

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