Leica X-U (Typ 113) Review – If You Want More Detailed Pictures, Then be Prepared to Pay For it

The Leica X (Typ 113) was launched back in 2014 and it could deliver solid image quality for its class, but it was slow when it comes to focusing and it did have some operational drawbacks; jump to two years later and the Leica X-U (Typ 113) makes for a vast improvement than its predecessor. It comes with some redesigns to its body as it is now waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. It also comes with better features to offer more detailed images. However, it is placed in a much higher price class, which means that it won’t be readily available for many shutterbugs out there.

Leica X-U (Typ 113) Review – If You Want More Detailed Pictures, Then be Prepared to Pay For it

The Leica X-U (Typ 113) Improves on its Predecessor in More Ways Than One

When it comes to its shape and size, the Leica X-U (Typ 113) has about the same figures as that of the X (Typ 113). The X-U comes in with dimensions of 3.1 x 5.5 x 3.5-inches and it only weighs 1.4-pounds. Its externals are covered in rubber, and it does only improve grip but it also assists in cushioning the device should you accidentally drop it of up to four feet. It should be noted that a modest handgrip will be able to secure the camera while in your hand. It also makes it more comfier as opposed to other cameras that do not use a rubber grip.

When it comes to its top controls, it offers a shutter speed dial, a dedicated button that will trigger the 1080p recording to start and stop, and an aperture control dial. For the shutter release button, it is surrounded by the power switch, and it is also used to toggle between single and continuous shooting modes.

When it comes to looking at the image quality, the X-U (Typ 113) definitely delivers sharper images than its predecessors. It gains solid marks when shooting at its widest aperture, which is a plus for a 16-megapixel imaging sensor. When it comes to image noise, it is the same as when the ISO is increased for the X (Typ 113). Furthermore, both cameras show the same bright results when shooting images in RAW.

In conclusion, the Leica X-U (Typ 113) is able to deliver better image quality than its predecessor and it is on par with an SLR, just with a more compact body. It can go deep underwater and it can stand on its own in the market. However, it is also priced like a Leica should, which means that do prepare to put a huge dent on your bank account.


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