Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
The Leica Digilux 3 and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2006 and January 2012. The Digilux 3 is a DSLR, while the X-Pro1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a Four Thirds (Digilux 3) and an APS-C (X-Pro1) sensor. The Leica has a resolution of 7.4 megapixels, whereas the Fujifilm provides 16 MP. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their sensors, their features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.
|Leica Digilux 3||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Digital single lens reflex||Mirrorless system camera|
|Four Thirds lenses||Fujifilm X mount lenses|
|7.4 MP, Four Thirds Sensor||16 MP, APS-C Sensor|
|no Video||1080/24p Video|
|ISO 100-1600||ISO 200-6400 (100-25600)|
|Optical viewfinder||Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)|
|2.5" LCD, 207k dots||3.0" LCD, 1230k dots|
|Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)||Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)|
|3 shutter flaps per second||6 shutter flaps per second|
|750 shots per battery charge||300 shots per battery charge|
|146 x 87 x 77 mm, 606 g||140 x 82 x 43 mm, 450 g|
Body comparison: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Leica Digilux 3 and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter. You can also use the toggle button to switch to a percentage comparison if you prefer that the measures are being expressed in relative terms (in this case, the camera on the left side – the Digilux 3 – represents the basis for the calculations across all the size and weight measures).
If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is notably smaller (10 percent) than the Leica Digilux 3. Moreover, the X-Pro1 is markedly lighter (26 percent) than the Digilux 3. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the Digilux 3 nor the X-Pro1 are weather-sealed.
The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. A larger imaging sensor will tend to go along with bigger and heavier lenses, although exceptions exist. You can compare the optics available for the two cameras in the Four Thirds Lens Catalog (Digilux 3) and the Fujinon X Lens Catalog (X-Pro1). Mirrorless cameras, such as the X-Pro1, have moreover the advantage that they can use many lenses from other systems via adapters, as they have a relatively short flange to focal plane distance.
The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, just click on the right or left arrow next to the camera that you would like to inspect. Alternatively, you can also use the CAM-parator to select your camera combination among a larger number of options.
|Leica Digilux 3»||5.7 in||3.4 in||3.0 in||21.4 oz||750||n||Sep 2006||1,499||-||Leica Digilux 3|
|Fujifilm X-Pro1«||5.5 in||3.2 in||1.7 in||15.9 oz||300||n||Jan 2012||1,699||-||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Canon 30D« »||5.7 in||4.2 in||2.9 in||27.7 oz||750||n||Feb 2006||1,399||-||Canon 30D|
|Canon XT« »||5.0 in||3.7 in||2.5 in||19.0 oz||400||n||Feb 2005||899||-||Canon XT|
|Fujifilm X-Pro2« »||5.6 in||3.3 in||1.8 in||17.5 oz||350||Y||Jan 2016||1,699||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Fujifilm X-T1« »||5.1 in||3.5 in||1.9 in||15.5 oz||350||Y||Jan 2014||1,699||-||Fujifilm X-T1|
|Fujifilm X100S« »||5.0 in||2.9 in||2.1 in||15.7 oz||330||n||Jan 2013||1,299||-||Fujifilm X100S|
|Fujifilm X-E2« »||5.1 in||3.0 in||1.5 in||12.3 oz||350||n||Oct 2013||999||-||Fujifilm X-E2|
|Fujifilm X-M1« »||4.6 in||2.6 in||1.5 in||11.6 oz||350||n||Jun 2013||699||-||Fujifilm X-M1|
|Leica M8« »||5.5 in||3.1 in||1.5 in||20.8 oz||..||n||Sep 2006||5,499||-||Leica M8|
|Leica V-LUX 1« »||5.6 in||3.4 in||5.6 in||25.9 oz||360||n||Sep 2006||849||-||Leica V-LUX 1|
|Olympus E-30« »||5.6 in||4.3 in||3.0 in||24.7 oz||750||n||Nov 2008||1,299||-||Olympus E-30|
|Olympus E-330« »||5.5 in||3.4 in||2.8 in||22.5 oz||750||n||Jan 2006||999||-||Olympus E-330|
|Olympus E-500« »||5.1 in||3.7 in||2.6 in||16.9 oz||750||n||Sep 2005||599||-||Olympus E-500|
|Olympus E-300« »||5.8 in||3.3 in||2.5 in||22.0 oz||750||n||Sep 2004||799||-||Olympus E-300|
|Panasonic L10« »||5.3 in||3.8 in||3.1 in||19.6 oz||450||n||Aug 2007||599||-||Panasonic L10|
|Panasonic L1« »||5.7 in||3.4 in||2.5 in||21.4 oz||750||n||Feb 2006||999||-||Panasonic L1|
The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. 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 Digilux 3 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 12 percent) than the X-Pro1, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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.
Sensor comparison: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.
Of the two cameras under consideration, the Leica Digilux 3 features a Four Thirds sensor and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the X-Pro1 is 64 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 2.0 and 1.5. The sensor in the Digilux 3 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the X-Pro1 offers a 3:2 aspect.
With 16MP, the X-Pro1 offers a higher resolution than the Digilux 3 (7.4MP), but the X-Pro1 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.80μm versus 5.51μm for the Digilux 3). Yet, the X-Pro1 is a much more recent model (by 5 years and 3 months) than the Digilux 3, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the X-Pro1 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.
The Leica Digilux 3 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 The corresponding ISO settings for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 are ISO 200 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600..
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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.
|Leica Digilux 3»||Four Thirds||7.4||3136||2352||-||-||-||-||-||Leica Digilux 3|
|Fujifilm X-Pro1«||APS-C||16.0||4896||3264||1080/24p||-||-||-||-||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Canon 30D« »||APS-C||8.2||3504||2336||-||21.5||10.8||736||59||Canon 30D|
|Canon XT« »||APS-C||8.0||3456||2304||-||21.8||10.8||637||60||Canon XT|
|Fujifilm X-Pro2« »||APS-C||24.0||6000||4000||1080/60p||-||-||-||-||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Fujifilm X-T1« »||APS-C||16.0||4896||3264||1080/60p||-||-||-||-||Fujifilm X-T1|
|Fujifilm X100S« »||APS-C||16.0||4896||3264||1080/60p||-||-||-||-||Fujifilm X100S|
|Fujifilm X-E2« »||APS-C||16.0||4896||3264||1080/60p||-||-||-||-||Fujifilm X-E2|
|Fujifilm X-M1« »||APS-C||16.0||4896||3264||1080/30p||-||-||-||-||Fujifilm X-M1|
|Leica M8« »||APS-H||10.4||3936||2630||-||21.1||11.3||663||59||Leica M8|
|Leica V-LUX 1« »||1/1.8||10.0||3648||2736||480/30p||-||-||-||-||Leica V-LUX 1|
|Olympus E-30« »||Four Thirds||12.2||4032||3024||-||21.3||10.4||530||55||Olympus E-30|
|Olympus E-330« »||Four Thirds||7.4||3136||2352||-||-||-||-||-||Olympus E-330|
|Olympus E-500« »||Four Thirds||8.0||3264||2448||-||-||-||-||-||Olympus E-500|
|Olympus E-300« »||Four Thirds||8.0||3264||2448||-||-||-||-||-||Olympus E-300|
|Panasonic L10« »||Four Thirds||10.0||3648||2736||-||21.3||10.8||429||55||Panasonic L10|
|Panasonic L1« »||Four Thirds||7.4||3136||2352||-||-||-||-||-||Panasonic L1|
Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The X-Pro1 indeed provides for movie recording, while the Digilux 3 does not. The highest resolution format that the X-Pro1 can use is 1080/24p.
Feature comparison: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X-Pro1 has an electronic viewfinder (1440k dots), while the Digilux 3 has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Leica Digilux 3, the Fujifilm X-Pro1, and comparable cameras.
|Leica Digilux 3»||optical||n||2.5||207||fixed||n||4000||3.0||Y||n||Leica Digilux 3|
|Fujifilm X-Pro1«||1440||n||3.0||1230||fixed||n||4000||6.0||n||n||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Canon 30D« »||optical||Y||2.5||230||fixed||n||8000||5.0||Y||n||Canon 30D|
|Canon XT« »||optical||n||1.8||115||fixed||n||4000||3.0||Y||n||Canon XT|
|Fujifilm X-Pro2« »||2360||n||3.0||1620||fixed||n||8000||8.0||n||n||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Fujifilm X-T1« »||2360||n||3.0||1040||tilting||n||4000||8.0||n||n||Fujifilm X-T1|
|Fujifilm X100S« »||2360||n||2.8||460||fixed||n||4000||6.0||Y||n||Fujifilm X100S|
|Fujifilm X-E2« »||2360||n||3.0||1040||fixed||n||4000||7.0||Y||n||Fujifilm X-E2|
|Fujifilm X-M1« »||-||n||3.0||920||tilting||n||4000||5.6||Y||n||Fujifilm X-M1|
|Leica M8« »||optical||n||2.5||230||fixed||n||8000||2.0||n||n||Leica M8|
|Leica V-LUX 1« »||235||n||2.0||207||swivel||n||2000||2.0||Y||Y||Leica V-LUX 1|
|Olympus E-30« »||optical||Y||2.7||230||swivel||n||8000||5.0||Y||Y||Olympus E-30|
|Olympus E-330« »||optical||n||2.5||215||tilting||n||4000||3.0||Y||n||Olympus E-330|
|Olympus E-500« »||optical||n||2.5||215||fixed||n||4000||2.5||Y||n||Olympus E-500|
|Olympus E-300« »||optical||n||1.8||134||fixed||n||4000||2.5||Y||n||Olympus E-300|
|Panasonic L10« »||optical||n||2.5||207||swivel||n||4000||3.0||Y||n||Panasonic L10|
|Panasonic L1« »||optical||n||2.5||207||fixed||n||4000||3.0||Y||n||Panasonic L1|
One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The Digilux 3 has one, while the X-Pro1 does not. While the built-in flash of the Digilux 3 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.
Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the Digilux 3 and the X-Pro1 write their files to SDXC cards.
Connectivity comparison: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
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 Leica Digilux 3 and Fujifilm X-Pro1 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
|Leica Digilux 3»||Y||stereo||mono||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Leica Digilux 3|
|Fujifilm X-Pro1«||Y||stereo||mono||-||-||mini||2.0||-||-||-||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Canon 30D« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Canon 30D|
|Canon XT« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Canon XT|
|Fujifilm X-Pro2« »||Y||stereo||mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Fujifilm X-T1« »||Y||stereo||mono||Y||-||mini||2.0||Y||-||-||Fujifilm X-T1|
|Fujifilm X100S« »||Y||stereo||mono||-||-||micro||2.0||-||-||-||Fujifilm X100S|
|Fujifilm X-E2« »||Y||stereo||mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-||Fujifilm X-E2|
|Fujifilm X-M1« »||Y||stereo||mono||-||-||mini||2.0||Y||-||-||Fujifilm X-M1|
|Leica M8« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Leica M8|
|Leica V-LUX 1« »||Y||mono||mono||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Leica V-LUX 1|
|Olympus E-30« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Olympus E-30|
|Olympus E-330« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Olympus E-330|
|Olympus E-500« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Olympus E-500|
|Olympus E-300« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Olympus E-300|
|Panasonic L10« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Panasonic L10|
|Panasonic L1« »||Y||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-||Panasonic L1|
Both the Digilux 3 and the X-Pro1 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The X-Pro1 was replaced by the Fujifilm X-Pro2, while the Digilux 3 does not have a direct successor.
Review summary: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Leica Digilux 3 or the Fujifilm X-Pro1 – has the upper hand? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.
Arguments in favor of the Leica Digilux 3:
- Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
- Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
- Longer lasting: Can take more shots (750 versus 300) on a single battery charge.
- Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
- More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale price.
- More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (12 percent cheaper at launch).
- More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in September 2006).
Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X-Pro1:
- More detail: Has more megapixels (16 vs 7.4MP), which boosts linear resolution by 50%.
- Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
- Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
- Richer colors: Larger sensor generates images with better, more accurate colors.
- More dynamic range: Capable of capturing a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
- Better low-light sensitivity: Can be used in poorly lit environments and still produce good images.
- Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/24p video.
- More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
- Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.5") for image review and settings control.
- More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1230k vs 207k dots).
- Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (6 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
- Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 156g or 26 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
- More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
- More modern: Reflects 5 years and 3 months of technical progress since the Digilux 3 launch.
If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X-Pro1 is the clear winner of the contest (14 : 7 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.
In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the Digilux 3 or the X-Pro1 handle or perform in practice. 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: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
This is why expert reviews are important. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog). The detailed reviews can be accessed by clicking on the site logo in the table header.
|Leica Digilux 3»||-||-||-||-||-||Sep 2006||1,499||-||Leica Digilux 3|
|Fujifilm X-Pro1«||HiRec||79/100||4.5/5||4/5||4.5/5||Jan 2012||1,699||-||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Canon 30D« »||HiRec||HiRec||rev||rev||-||Feb 2006||1,399||-||Canon 30D|
|Canon XT« »||80/100||HiRec||rev||rev||-||Feb 2005||899||-||Canon XT|
|Fujifilm X-Pro2« »||Rec||83/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||4.5/5||Jan 2016||1,699||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Fujifilm X-T1« »||HiRec||84/100||5/5||4/5||5/5||Jan 2014||1,699||-||Fujifilm X-T1|
|Fujifilm X100S« »||HiRec||81/100||4.5/5||4/5||5/5||Jan 2013||1,299||-||Fujifilm X100S|
|Fujifilm X-E2« »||-||80/100||4.5/5||-||5/5||Oct 2013||999||-||Fujifilm X-E2|
|Fujifilm X-M1« »||Rec||77/100||4.5/5||-||4.5/5||Jun 2013||699||-||Fujifilm X-M1|
|Leica M8« »||-||HiRec||-||-||-||Sep 2006||5,499||-||Leica M8|
|Leica V-LUX 1« »||-||-||-||-||-||Sep 2006||849||-||Leica V-LUX 1|
|Olympus E-30« »||-||71/100||4.5/5||-||4/5||Nov 2008||1,299||-||Olympus E-30|
|Olympus E-330« »||-||Rec||rev||3.5/5||-||Jan 2006||999||-||Olympus E-330|
|Olympus E-500« »||76/100||HiRec||-||-||-||Sep 2005||599||-||Olympus E-500|
|Olympus E-300« »||-||Rec||rev||rev||4.5/5||Sep 2004||799||-||Olympus E-300|
|Panasonic L10« »||85/100||Rec||3.5/5||rev||4/5||Aug 2007||599||-||Panasonic L10|
|Panasonic L1« »||85/100||Rec||-||rev||3.5/5||Feb 2006||999||-||Panasonic L1|
The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.
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Specifications: Leica Digilux 3 vs Fujifilm X-Pro1
|Camera Model||Leica Digilux 3||Fujifilm X-Pro1|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Four Thirds lenses||Fujifilm X mount lenses|
|Launch Date||September 2006||January 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 1499||USD 1699|
|Sensor Format||Four Thirds Sensor||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||17.3 x 13.0 mm||23.6 x 13.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.9 mm2||368.16 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||21.6 mm||28.3 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||7.4 Megapixels||16 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||3136 x 2352 pixels||4896 x 3264 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||5.51 μm||4.80 μm|
|Pixel Density||3.28 MP/cm2||4.34 MP/cm2|
|Movie Capability||no Video||1080/24p Video|
|ISO Setting||100-1600 ISO||200-6400 ISO|
|ISO Boost||no Enhancement||100-25600 ISO|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Resolution||n/a||1440k dots|
|Rear LCD Size||2.5 inch||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||207k dots||1230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen||Fixed screen|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||3 shutter flaps/s||6 shutter flaps/s|
|Fill Flash||Build-in Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards||SDXC cards|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||BP-DC3 power pack||NP-W126 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||750 shots per charge||300 shots per charge|
146 x 87 x 77 mm
(5.7 x 3.4 x 3.0 in)
140 x 82 x 43 mm
(5.5 x 3.2 x 1.7 in)
|Camera Weight||606 g (21.4 oz)||450 g (15.9 oz)|
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