Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Digital Photography and other Digital Photography topics.
A "major announcement" from Leica is usually welcome news. But Leica's latest wasn't exactly earth-shattering. Yawn-inducing would be more like it.
We've been anticipating the S-Series for year... the M9 was leaked and long-xpected... but the new X1 digital camera? That's the one we didn't see coming. And it's also the most underwhelming camera from Leica in quite some time.
Yes an "APS-C" sensor is nice - it's the same size as in most prosumer digital SLR's. But the X1 is yoked to a 35mm (equivalent) f/2.8 lens. Not terribly versatile... and not very fast, in Leica terms, either. The X1 looks and sounds like a scaled-down Leica for people who want the cache of the brand without the M9's expected $8,000 price tag.
For my money, Leica's D-Lux 4 is a better option. Yes, the 10 MP sensor is smaller, but still produces good results. And the lens is faster and offers a decent - if limited - zoom range. And at around $700, it's a genuinely affordable Leica.