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Leica Digilux 3 vs X Typ 113

The Leica Digilux 3 and the Leica X (Typ 113) are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2006 and September 2014. The Digilux 3 is a DSLR, while the X Typ 113 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on a Four Thirds (Digilux 3) and an APS-C (X Typ 113) sensor. The Digilux 3 has a resolution of 7.4 megapixels, whereas the X Typ 113 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
Leica Digilux 3 versus Leica X Typ 113
Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
Four Thirds lenses 35mm f/1.7
7.4 MP, Four Thirds Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 100-12,500
Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
2.5 LCD, 207k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
750 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
146 x 87 x 77 mm, 606 g 133 x 73 x 78 mm, 486 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Leica Digilux 3 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 side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Leica Digilux 3 and the Leica X Typ 113. 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 Digilux 3 is only available in silver.

Size Leica Digilux 3 vs Leica X Typ 113
Compare Digilux 3 versus X Typ 113 top
Comparison Digilux 3 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 smaller (24 percent) than the Leica Digilux 3. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the Digilux 3 nor the X Typ 113 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the X Typ 113 has a lens built in, whereas the Digilux 3 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the Digilux 3 and their specifications in the Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. 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.
 
Leica Digilux 3 146 mm 87 mm 77 mm 606 g 750 n Sep 2006 1,499i
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295i
3.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399i
4.
 
Canon 350D 127 mm 94 mm 64 mm 540 g 400 n Feb 2005 899i
5.
 
Fujifilm X100T 127 mm 74 mm 52 mm 440 g 330 n Sep 2014 1,299i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100S 127 mm 74 mm 54 mm 445 g 330 n Jan 2013 1,299i
7.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 130 mm 80 mm 93 mm 640 g 300 n Jun 2015 4,249i
8.
 
Leica X Vario 133 mm 73 mm 95 mm 680 g 450 n Jun 2013 2,850i
9.
 
Leica X2 124 mm 69 mm 52 mm 345 g 450 n May 2012 1,995i
10.
 
Leica M8 139 mm 80 mm 37 mm 591 g .. n Sep 2006 5,499i
11.
 
Leica V-LUX 1 141 mm 86 mm 142 mm 734 g 360 n Sep 2006 849i
12.
 
Olympus E-330 140 mm 87 mm 72 mm 637 g 750 n Jan 2006 999i
13.
 
Olympus E-500 130 mm 95 mm 66 mm 479 g 750 n Sep 2005 599i
14.
 
Olympus E-300 147 mm 85 mm 64 mm 624 g 750 n Sep 2004 799i
15.
 
Panasonic L10 135 mm 96 mm 78 mm 556 g 450 n Aug 2007 599i
16.
 
Panasonic L1 146 mm 87 mm 64 mm 606 g 750 n Feb 2006 999i
17.
 
Sony RX1R 113 mm 65 mm 70 mm 482 g 270 n Jun 2013 2,799i
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. 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and 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 Leica X Typ 113 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the X Typ 113 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 Typ 113 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Leica Digilux 3 and Leica X Typ 113 sensor measures

With 16.1MP, the X Typ 113 offers a higher resolution than the Digilux 3 (7.4MP), but the X Typ 113 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.79μm versus 5.51μm for the Digilux 3). Yet, the X Typ 113 is a much more recent model (by 8 years) 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.

The resolution advantage of the Leica X Typ 113 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the X Typ 113 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 24.6 x 16.3 inches or 62.6 x 41.5 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 19.7 x 13.1 inches or 50.1 x 33.2 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 16.4 x 10.9 inches or 41.7 x 27.6 cm. The corresponding values for the Leica Digilux 3 are 15.7 x 11.8 inches or 39.8 x 29.9 cm for good quality, 12.5 x 9.4 inches or 31.9 x 23.9 cm for very good quality, and 10.5 x 7.8 inches or 26.6 x 19.9 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Leica Digilux 3 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica X (Typ 113) are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

Digilux 3 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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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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.
 
Leica Digilux 3 Four Thirds 7.4 3136 2352none........
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
3.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.873659
4.
 
Canon 350D APS-C 8.0 3456 2304none21.810.863760
5.
 
Fujifilm X100T APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X100S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
7.
 
Leica Q Typ 116 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.7222185
8.
 
Leica X Vario APS-C 16.1 4928 32721080/30p23.412.7132078
9.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none........
10.
 
Leica M8 APS-H 10.4 3936 2630none21.111.366359
11.
 
Leica V-LUX 1 1/1.8 10.0 3648 2736480/30p........
12.
 
Olympus E-330 Four Thirds 7.4 3136 2352none........
13.
 
Olympus E-500 Four Thirds 8.0 3264 2448none........
14.
 
Olympus E-300 Four Thirds 8.0 3264 2448none........
15.
 
Panasonic L10 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.310.842955
16.
 
Panasonic L1 Four Thirds 7.4 3136 2352none........
17.
 
Sony RX1R Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p25.013.6253791

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The X Typ 113 indeed provides for movie recording, while the Digilux 3 does not. The highest resolution format that the X Typ 113 can use is 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the Digilux 3 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the X Typ 113 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the X Typ 113 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the Visoflex (Typ 020). The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Leica Digilux 3 and Leica X Typ 113 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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.
 
Leica Digilux 3optical n 2.5 207 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon 30Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 350Doptical n 1.8 115 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X100T2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X100S2360 n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Leica Q Typ 1163680 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 n Y
8.
 
Leica X Variooptional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Leica X2optional n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Leica M8optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 2.0 n n
11.
 
Leica V-LUX 1235 n 2.0 207 swivel n 1/2000s 2.0 Y Y
12.
 
Olympus E-330optical n 2.5 215 tilting n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
13.
 
Olympus E-500optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
14.
 
Olympus E-300optical n 1.8 134 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
15.
 
Panasonic L10optical n 2.5 207 swivel n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic L1optical n 2.5 207 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
17.
 
Sony RX1Roptional n 3.0 1229 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the Digilux 3 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 Leica Digilux 3 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.
 
Leica Digilux 3Ystereomono---2.0---
2.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereomono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
4.
 
Canon 350DY-----2.0---
5.
 
Fujifilm X100TYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Fujifilm X100SYstereomono--micro2.0---
7.
 
Leica Q Typ 116Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Leica X VarioYstereomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Leica X2Y----mini2.0---
10.
 
Leica M8Y-----2.0---
11.
 
Leica V-LUX 1Ymonomono---2.0---
12.
 
Olympus E-330Y-----2.0---
13.
 
Olympus E-500Y-----2.0---
14.
 
Olympus E-300Y-----2.0---
15.
 
Panasonic L10Y-----2.0---
16.
 
Panasonic L1Y-----2.0---
17.
 
Sony RX1RYstereomonoY-mini2.0---

Both the Digilux 3 and the X Typ 113 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. Neither of the two has a direct successor, so they represent the end of the respective camera lines from Leica. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Leica website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Leica Digilux 3 and the Leica X Typ 113? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Advantages of the Leica Digilux 3:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Can take a variety of interchangeable lenses, including specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (750 versus 350) on a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in September 2006).


Arguments in favor of the Leica X (Typ 113):

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (16.1 vs 7.4MP), which boosts linear resolution by 51%.
  • 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.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • 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 (920k vs 207k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with an integrated lens, while the Digilux 3 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (133x73mm vs 146x87mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the Digilux 3).
  • More modern: Reflects 8 years of technical progress since the Digilux 3 launch.

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 (13 : 5 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

Digilux 3 05:13 X Typ 113

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Leica Digilux 3 and the Leica X Typ 113 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the Digilux 3 or the X Typ 113. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera 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.
 
Leica Digilux 3.......... Sep 2006 1,499i
2.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5....3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295i
3.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399i
4.
 
Canon 350D..80/100+ +o.. Feb 2005 899i
5.
 
Fujifilm X100T5/5+81/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2014 1,299i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100S5/5+ +81/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 1,299i
7.
 
Leica Q Typ 1165/5..80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 4,249i
8.
 
Leica X Vario3/5....4/54/5 Jun 2013 2,850i
9.
 
Leica X23/5....3/54/5 May 2012 1,995i
10.
 
Leica M8....+ +.... Sep 2006 5,499i
11.
 
Leica V-LUX 1.......... Sep 2006 849i
12.
 
Olympus E-330....+o.. Jan 2006 999i
13.
 
Olympus E-500..76/100+ +.... Sep 2005 599i
14.
 
Olympus E-300....+o4.5/5 Sep 2004 799i
15.
 
Panasonic L10..85/100+3.5/54/5 Aug 2007 599i
16.
 
Panasonic L1..85/100+..3.5/5 Feb 2006 999i
17.
 
Sony RX1R5/5....4/54.5/5 Jun 2013 2,799i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, 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 comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Leica Digilux 3 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 Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Four Thirds lenses 35mm f/1.7
    Launch Date September 2006 September 2014
    Launch Price USD 1,499 USD 2,295
    Sensor Specs Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 23.7 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 224.9 mm2 369.72 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm 28.4 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 7.4 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3136 x 2352 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.51 μm 4.79 μm
    Pixel Density 3.28 MP/cm2 4.35 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    Screen Specs Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.47x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.5inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 207k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 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 Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Leica Digilux 3 Leica X Typ 113
    Battery Type BP-DC3 BP-DC8
    Battery Life (CIPA)750 shots per charge350 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 146 x 87 x 77 mm
    (5.7 x 3.4 x 3.0 in)
    133 x 73 x 78 mm
    (5.2 x 2.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 606 g (21.4 oz) 486 g (17.1 oz)

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