MIT, Cambridge with Leica X1
Image by soelin
Sold the D-Lux 5 and got an X1. I got great use out of the DLux-5. But, I just wanted it to be so much better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the best small sensor point and shoot I have used–and I have used many. In its class, it had the fastest focus and it had the best high ISO performance; it was great for street shooting–better than Ricoh GRD III. I really liked having the 24mm to 90mm range. BUT, the results weren’t necessarily outstanding. After all, it still had a small sensor prone to produce blown out highlights and muddy shadows that are impossible to fix post-process. It didn’t handle well in certain lighting situation–like the sunset; it overexposes the highlights (tweaking EV didn’t really help balancing the light and darks).
I decided to take the plunge and get the X1; Focus (on firmware 1.0) is slower than the D Lux 5 but I think it’s not slower than the Olympus E-P2 or E-PL. It focuses much faster than Sigma DP2s. Focus has always been spot on, as well.
The image quality is outstanding, IMO. JPEGs are also really good–for posting on the web, JPEGs are just fine.
I definitely need to shoot more to get a better sense of what the X1 could do. So far, I have not been disappointed (except for the price).