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Canon SX510 vs Leica X Typ 113

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS and the Leica X (Typ 113) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in August 2013 and September 2014. Both the SX510 and the X Typ 113 are fixed lens compact cameras that are based on a 1/2.3-inch (SX510) and an APS-C (X Typ 113) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Leica provides 16.1 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX510 versus Leica X Typ 113
Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-720mm f/3.4-5.8 35mm f/1.7
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/24p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 80-3,200 ISO 100-12,500
No viewfinder, LCD framing Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 461k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3.8 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
250 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
104 x 70 x 80 mm, 349 g 133 x 73 x 78 mm, 486 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS and the Leica X (Typ 113)? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon SX510 and the Leica X Typ 113 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X Typ 113 can be obtained in three different colors (black, brown, white), while the SX510 is only available in black.

Size Canon SX510 vs Leica X Typ 113
Compare SX510 versus X Typ 113 top
Comparison SX510 or X Typ 113 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica X Typ 113 is notably larger (33 percent) than the Canon SX510. Moreover, the X Typ 113 is substantially heavier (39 percent) than the SX510. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX510 nor the X Typ 113 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the SX510 gets 250 shots out of its NB-6LH battery, while the X Typ 113 can take 350 images on a single charge of its BP-DC8 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX510 104 mm 70 mm 80 mm 349 g 250 n Aug 2013 249i
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295i
3.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299i
4.
 
Canon SX520 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399i
5.
 
Canon SX700 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 250 n Feb 2014 349i
6.
 
Canon SX600 104 mm 61 mm 26 mm 188 g 290 n Jan 2014 249i
7.
 
Canon SX400 104 mm 69 mm 80 mm 313 g 190 n Jul 2014 249i
8.
 
Canon SX500 104 mm 70 mm 80 mm 341 g 195 n Aug 2012 329i
9.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499i
10.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
11.
 
Fujifilm X100T 127 mm 74 mm 52 mm 440 g 330 n Sep 2014 1,299i
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S 127 mm 74 mm 54 mm 445 g 330 n Jan 2013 1,299i
13.
 
Leica X Vario 133 mm 73 mm 95 mm 680 g 450 n Jun 2013 2,850i
14.
 
Leica X2 124 mm 69 mm 52 mm 345 g 450 n May 2012 1,995i
15.
 
Sony RX1R 113 mm 65 mm 70 mm 482 g 270 n Jun 2013 2,799i
16.
 
Sony H200 123 mm 83 mm 87 mm 530 g 240 n Jan 2013 249 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The SX510 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 89 percent) than the X Typ 113, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon SX510 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Leica X Typ 113 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the X Typ 113 is 1221 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 1.5. The sensor in the SX510 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the X Typ 113 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Canon SX510 and Leica X Typ 113 sensor measures

With 16.1MP, the X Typ 113 offers a higher resolution than the SX510 (15.9MP), but the X Typ 113 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.79μm versus 1.33μm for the SX510) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the X Typ 113 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year) than the SX510, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the SX510 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica X (Typ 113) are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

SX510 versus X Typ 113 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX510 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/24p........
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p........
4.
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
5.
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
6.
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
7.
 
Canon SX400 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p........
8.
 
Canon SX500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p........
9.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.516546
10.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
11.
 
Fujifilm X100T APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
13.
 
Leica X Vario APS-C 16.1 4928 32721080/30p23.412.7132078
14.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none........
15.
 
Sony RX1R Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p25.013.6253791
16.
 
Sony H200 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the X Typ 113 provides a faster frame rate than the SX510. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/30p, while the Canon is limited to 1080/24p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The SX510 and the X Typ 113 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. That said, the X Typ 113 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the Visoflex (Typ 020). The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon SX510, the Leica X Typ 113, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX510none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/1600s 3.8 Y Y
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX700none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 8.5 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX600none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 3.9 Y Y
7.
 
Canon SX400none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX500none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
10.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
11.
 
Fujifilm X100T2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S2360 n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Leica X Variooptional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Leica X2optional n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Sony RX1Roptional n 3.0 1229 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Sony H200none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

The SX510 is equipped with a zoom lens, while the X Typ 113 comes with a built-in prime. The SX510 has a 24-720mm f/3.4-5.8 optic and the X Typ 113 offers a 35mm f/1.7 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Canon provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the Leica. The X Typ 113 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX510 and the X Typ 113 write their files to SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS and Leica X (Typ 113) and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX510-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereomono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon SX420-monomono---2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---
5.
 
Canon SX700-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX600-monomono--micro2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon SX400-stereomono---2.0---
8.
 
Canon SX500-stereomono---2.0---
9.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Fujifilm X100TYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Fujifilm X100SYstereomono--micro2.0---
13.
 
Leica X VarioYstereomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Leica X2Y----mini2.0---
15.
 
Sony RX1RYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Sony H200-monomono---2.0---

It is notable that the SX510 offers wifi support, while the X Typ 113 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the SX510 and the X Typ 113 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX510 was replaced by the Canon SX520, while the X Typ 113 does not have a direct successor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Leica websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Canon SX510 or the Leica X Typ 113 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More compact: Is smaller (104x70mm vs 133x73mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 137g or 28 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (89 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in August 2013).

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Reasons to prefer the Leica X (Typ 113):

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/30p versus 1080/24p).
  • More framing options: Can be equipped with a hotshoe-mounted accessory-viewfinder.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 461k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/2000s vs 1/1600s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 3.8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/1.7 vs f/3.4).
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (350 versus 250) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X Typ 113 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 8 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX510 08:15 X Typ 113

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX510 and the Leica X Typ 113 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the SX510 and the X Typ 113 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX510..+ +..4.5/54/5 Aug 2013 249i
2.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5....3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295i
3.
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299i
4.
 
Canon SX520..+..3.5/53.5/5 Jul 2014 399i
5.
 
Canon SX700..+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 349i
6.
 
Canon SX600..+..4/54/5 Jan 2014 249i
7.
 
Canon SX400..+...... Jul 2014 249i
8.
 
Canon SX500..+ +..4/54/5 Aug 2012 329i
9.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499i
10.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
11.
 
Fujifilm X100T5/5+81/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2014 1,299i
12.
 
Fujifilm X100S5/5+ +81/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 1,299i
13.
 
Leica X Vario3/5....4/54/5 Jun 2013 2,850i
14.
 
Leica X23/5....3/54/5 May 2012 1,995i
15.
 
Sony RX1R5/5....4/54.5/5 Jun 2013 2,799i
16.
 
Sony H200......3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon SX510 vs Leica X Typ 113

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-720mm f/3.4-5.8 35mm f/1.7
    Launch Date August 2013 September 2014
    Launch Price USD 249 USD 2,295
    Sensor Specs Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 23.7 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 369.72 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 28.4 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 4.79 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 4.35 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/24p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    Screen Specs Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 461k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3.8 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon SX510 Leica X Typ 113
    Battery Type NB-6LH BP-DC8
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge350 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 104 x 70 x 80 mm
    (4.1 x 2.8 x 3.1 in)
    133 x 73 x 78 mm
    (5.2 x 2.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 349 g (12.3 oz) 486 g (17.1 oz)

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