Maybe it's not that really one way given that in Leica makes quite a profit on the markups for the DLux and VLux cameras!
Great review of the X1 Paul! Hoping to see more of your reviews.
Interesting that you have the GXR as well. Mine is sitting in a closet waiting for the aps-c sensor zoom (24-80mm or so they say) and the m-mount module to come out. The GXR with large sensor zoom and X100 could make great travel companions
The thing is that the X100 is designed in the Leica M fashion and the X1 is like a compact design.
IQ, size and weight aside, the X100 handles more like a Leica.
Due to this, it is far superior in handling.
The size and weight really don't matter at this point.
The X1 broke my heart whereas the X100 has freed me in a way no other digital camera ever has.
I use my friend Roger's M9's in more than a few occasions and the X100 is similar in feeling.
The camera offers no intrusion on my vision where the X1 interfered all the time.
@Retow and Christilou -
How is the AF speed of the GXR (with the APS-C sensor modules) compared to the X100 and X1? And how's the EVF for the GXR (assuming y'all have it)? Thanks!
Nice writeup. And I agree with just about all of it, save the power down time. I've witnessed a huge delay in power down, especially compared to the X100.
And I don' want to steal ANY of your thunder from your review but please allow me to add a link to my own review I did for Precision Camera back when the X1 was released. Please excuse the weird formatting errors: Leica X1 â
This review may be of particular interest to Serious Compact members since I relate the X1 to other film and digital compacts.
I just want to state (edit: gloat) for the record that in the review I called for a hybrid optical/EVF viewfinder, never thinking someone would do it so soon! Maybe Fuji was listening ???
I was given a sample X1 4 months before release to try for a few days.
I promptly returned it after just 1 day. I made my report.
When the camera was released, again I was given a sample and tested it for 4 days.
The IQ was fabulous but that's all that was. I was heart broken.
I have had a love affair with Leica for over 40 years.
The X1 rekindled my dissappointment with the M8.
Now I'm on the X100 and wondering how Leica can even be entertaining an X2.
Even at $2000.00+, it can never compete with the X100.
I feel bad but that's just the way things go.
I hope Leica can find the magic again but at this pricepoint, to me it seems a useless effort.