I previously said the Leica X-Vario was a disappointment solely based on the price and the slow zoom lens (and the lack of viewfinder). I think I shouldn’t be commenting on gear like that.
We see some positive reviews flourishing, mostly based on image quality and ergonomics, two of the main reason to use one camera over the other.
Jonathan Slack, a Leica loyal (his words): The Leica X Vario – previously known as Paula:
Despite the yawns from some of the more technically minded on the internet this is pretty much a unique camera – being the only currently available APS-c sized camera with an integral zoom lens (the Canon G1x sensor is rather smaller).
So it seems to me that at the very least Leica have produced an interesting modern take on a popular design strategy.
However, over the months I’ve rather fallen in love with the simplicity of the X Vario – the logic of the controls is hard to fault, the image quality is really excellent and the fact of it being a simple one-stop package is really compelling.
Simply put he turns this one as the camera he has with him when he doesn’t have any other.
And if someone want to loan one to me, I’ll be sure to be fair with it.