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Leica X Vario versus Leica X Typ 113

The Leica X Vario (Typ 107) and the Leica X (Typ 113) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in June 2013 and September 2014. Both the X Vario and the X Typ 113 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 16.1 megapixel. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their size, their sensors, their features, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison: Leica X Vario vs Leica X Typ 113

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Leica X Vario and the Leica X Typ 113 is provided in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions 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 X Vario – represents the basis for the calculations across all the size and weight measures).

Snapsort Leica X Vario vs Leica X Typ 113
Compare X Vario versus X Typ 113 top
Compare X Vario and X Typ 113 rear

In this particular case, the Leica X Vario and the Leica X Typ 113 have exactly the same width and height, and, thus, have identically-sized bodies. However, the X Typ 113 is markedly lighter (29 percent) than the X Vario. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X Vario nor the X Typ 113 are weather-sealed.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Leica X Vario» 5.2 in 2.9 in 3.7 in 24.0 oz 450 n Jun 2013 2,850 i i
Leica X Typ 113« 5.2 in 2.9 in 3.1 in 17.1 oz 350 n Sep 2014 2,295 i i
Canon SX60« » 5.0 in 3.7 in 4.5 in 22.9 oz 340 n Sep 2014 549 i i
Leica X-U Typ 113« » 5.5 in 3.1 in 3.5 in 22.4 oz 450 Y Jan 2016 2,950 i i
Leica Q Typ 116« » 5.1 in 3.1 in 3.7 in 22.6 oz 300 n Jun 2015 4,249 i i
Leica T« » 5.3 in 2.7 in 1.3 in 13.5 oz 400 n Apr 2014 1,850- i
Leica D-LUX Typ 109« » 4.6 in 2.6 in 2.2 in 14.3 oz 300 n Sep 2014 1,195 i i
Leica X2« » 4.9 in 2.7 in 2.0 in 12.2 oz 450 n May 2012 1,995- i
Leica V-LUX 2« » 4.9 in 3.1 in 3.7 in 18.3 oz 410 n Sep 2010 849- i
Leica M9« » 5.5 in 3.1 in 1.5 in 20.6 oz .. n Sep 2009 7,999- i
Nikon Df« » 5.7 in 4.3 in 2.6 in 26.8 oz 1400 Y Nov 2013 2,749 i i
Panasonic FZ1000« » 5.4 in 3.9 in 5.2 in 29.3 oz 360 n Jun 2014 899- i
Sony RX1R« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 2.8 in 17.0 oz 270 n Jun 2013 2,799- i
Sony RX1« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 2.8 in 17.0 oz 270 n Sep 2012 2,799- i

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The X Typ 113 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 19 percent) than the X Vario, 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 X Vario vs Leica X Typ 113

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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. 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.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Leica X Vario and Leica X Typ 113 sensor measures

Even though the X Vario has a slightly larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 16.1 megapixel. This implies that the X Vario has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 4.80μm versus 4.79μm for the X Typ 113), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. It should, however, be noted that the X Typ 113 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 3 months) than the X Vario, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that at least partly compensate for the smaller pixel size.

X Vario versus X Typ 113 MP

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Leica X Vario» APS-C 16.1 4928 32721080/30p23.412.7132078
Leica X Typ 113« APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p----
Canon SX60« » 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
Leica X-U Typ 113« » APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p----
Leica Q Typ 116« » Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.7222185
Leica T« » APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.7108275
Leica D-LUX Typ 109« » Four Thirds 12.7 4112 30884K/30p----
Leica X2« » APS-C 16.1 4928 3264-----
Leica V-LUX 2« » 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i----
Leica M9« » Full Frame 18.1 5212 3472-22.511.788469
Nikon Df« » Full Frame 16.2 4928 3280-24.613.1327989
Panasonic FZ1000« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.111.751764
Sony RX1R« » Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p25.013.6253791
Sony RX1« » Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p25.114.3253493

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

 

Feature comparison: Leica X Vario vs Leica X Typ 113

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The X Vario 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. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Leica X Vario and Leica X Typ 113 along with similar information for a selection of comparators. If needed, the dpreview camera hub, for example, contains further detail on the cameras' specs.

Core Features
  Camera Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Build-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Build-in
Image
Stab
Leica X Vario»- n 3.0 920 fixed n 2000 5.0 Y n
Leica X Typ 113«- n 3.0 920 fixed n 2000 5.0 Y n
Canon SX60« »922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 2000 6.4 Y Y
Leica X-U Typ 113« »- n 3.0 920 fixed n 2000 5.0 Y n
Leica Q Typ 116« »3680 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 2000 10.0 n n
Leica T« »- n 3.7 1300 fixed Y 4000 5.0 Y n
Leica D-LUX Typ 109« »2764 n 3.0 921 fixed n 4000 11.0 n Y
Leica X2« »- n 2.7 230 fixed n 2000 5.0 Y n
Leica V-LUX 2« »202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 2000 11.0 Y Y
Leica M9« »optical n 2.5 230 fixed n 4000 2.0 n n
Nikon Df« »optical Y 3.2 921 fixed n 4000 5.5 n n
Panasonic FZ1000« »2359 n 3.0 921 swivel n 4000 12.0 Y Y
Sony RX1R« »- n 3.0 1229 fixed n 4000 5.0 Y n
Sony RX1« »- n 3.0 1229 fixed n 4000 5.0 Y n

The X Vario is equipped with a zoom lens, while the X Typ 113 comes with a build-in prime. The X Vario has a 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 optic and the X Typ 113 offers a 35mm f/1.7 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the X Vario provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the X Typ 113. The X Typ 113 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Both the X Vario and the X Typ 113 are current models that good online retailers will have in stock. You can check the latest prices, for example, at amazon. The X Typ 113 replaced the earlier Leica X2, while the X Vario does not have a direct predecessor.

Review summary: Leica X Vario vs Leica X Typ 113

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Leica X Vario and the Leica X Typ 113? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Advantages of the Leica X Vario (Typ 107):

  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (450 versus 350) on a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in June 2013).


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

  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/1.7 vs f/3.5).
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 194g or 29 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (19 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 3 months) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X Typ 113 comes out slightly ahead of the X Vario (4 : 3 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision.

X Vario 03:04 X Typ 113

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the X Vario 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. This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog). You can find the full text of the reviews by clicking on the site logo in the table header.

Review scores
  Camera cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Leica X Vario»--4/54/54/5 Jun 2013 2,850 i i
Leica X Typ 113«--3.5/5-4/5 Sep 2014 2,295 i i
Canon SX60« »HiRec75/1004/5-4.5/5 Sep 2014 549 i i
Leica X-U Typ 113« »----3.5/5 Jan 2016 2,950 i i
Leica Q Typ 116« »-80/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Jun 2015 4,249 i i
Leica T« »--4/5-4/5 Apr 2014 1,850- i
Leica D-LUX Typ 109« »--4.5/5-4.5/5 Sep 2014 1,195 i i
Leica X2« »--3/5-4/5 May 2012 1,995- i
Leica V-LUX 2« »----- Sep 2010 849- i
Leica M9« »--4.5/54.5/5- Sep 2009 7,999- i
Nikon Df« »-81/1004/54/54/5 Nov 2013 2,749 i i
Panasonic FZ1000« »HiRec82/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Jun 2014 899- i
Sony RX1R« »--4/5rev4.5/5 Jun 2013 2,799- i
Sony RX1« »-79/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 2,799- i

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when refering to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

 

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