The world renound German camera company Leica has finally announced the availability of their newest large sensor compact camera, the X Vario. Using the Leica M as a model of construction and design, the X Vario uses only the finest of materials. Inside the compact X Vario body is a large 16-megapixel APS-C image sensor. The camera sports a 28-70mm lens (in 35mm format equivalent) with an aperture range of f/3.5-6.4. Yes, I wrote that correctly. The X Vario with a price tag of nearly three thousand dollars has a lens with a variable aperture about the same as what we have come to expect from middle to lower end point and shoots.
Despite the variable aperture lens, the X Vario promises amazing image quality and, "Even with a maximum aperture of f/3.5, this combination [large sensor and high performance zoom] allows the creative use of planes of sharpness to lend images incomparable plasticity and depth."
The X Vario does offer full HD video recording and a continuous shutter speed of 3 or 5 fps depending on your setting. ISO range is relatively vast from 100 to 12500. The camera's AF system is contrast-based. There is no built-in viewfinder, so you can either choose to purchase the optional EVF (same one used by the M Typ 240 and the X2) or use the 3-inch LCD screen with 920k dots.
The Leica X Vario is now available for an MSRP of $2850 US dollars. Worried you are not getting enough bang for your buck? The X Vario also comes shipped with Adobe Lightroom software (Well, kind of. It's a free download option after you register your camera)! But if you want a lens hood, handgrip and/or a leather case it will set you back a few hundred dollars more.