Compton Verney Leica X1

Leica X1

A visit to an old friend ended up with a trip out to Compton Verney. After a visit to the Volcano exhibition, we took a walk around the grounds. 


Leica X1


After a dull day there was a break in the clouds and I was able to take a few detail shots of the Robert Adam bridge. 


Leica X1


Leica X1


Despite the softish light the X1 delivered punchy results. The images are also very sharp. 


Getty Images, the picture agency and library, has just added the X1 to its list of approved cameras. 
http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/1727025/getty-images-approves-compact-camera


This doesn't mean that much, but its the first non-DSLR camera other than the Leica M8 & M9 that Getty have ever recommended for photographers to use in submissions to them. This is the full list of "Getty approved" cameras.
http://contributors.gettyimages.com/article.asp?section_id=4&article_id=996


There's no doubt that the X1's image quality is the equal of, and in many cases, superior to many DSLR's. I for one don't need Getty to tell me that, since I have my own eyes. There's also no real surprise here, since it has a very good sensor and an excellent lens and is made by one of the best known and most respected camera manufacturers  in the world. What does surprise people is the size of the camera. In its basic form its very small indeed. It seems that, in the camera world there still seems to be an assumption that quality requires size, bulk and weight. This camera and m4/3, Samsung NX10, Sony NEX etc. are helping to prove that isn't the case.


Words and pictures - A