Ricoh GXR A16 and Leica X Vario: Technical Data Comparison

Comparison of Technical Data | References

On this page, I compare the technical data of the Leica X Vario (28-70 mm equiv., 16 Megapixels) and of the Ricoh GXR A16 (24-85 mm equiv., 16 Megapixels), which are fairly similar cameras - and I own them both. On another page, I discuss technical and functional differences. Comparison photos can be found here.

 

Comparison of Technical Data

Below I present selected technical data for the Leica X Vario that I collected from various sources and compare them with the Ricoh GXR A16 technical data, which is a similar camera system. I cannot guarantee that all the data is correct.

Data Leica X Vario (Typ 107) Ricoh GXR A16 Comment
Lens Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46 mm f/3.5-6.4 ASPH. (corresponds to 28-70 mm in 35 mm format)

9 lenses in 8 groups, 2 aspherical lenses

Ricoh Lens A16 15.7-55.5 mm f/3.5 – f/5.5 (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-85 mm)

11 elements in 9 groups (3 aspherical lens elements with 6 surfaces)

 
Zoom Optical zoom: 2.5 x Optical zoom: 3.5 x
Digital zoom: 4.0 x (3.6 x for movies)
 
Filter diameter 43 mm 55 mm  
Sensor CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), aspect ratio 3:2; weak AA filter CMOS sensor (23.6 mm × 15.7 mm, approx. 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective pixels), aspect ratio 3:2; no AA filter The lack of an AA filter seems to let the A16 images appear slightly sharper at 100%
Max. Pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels* (JPG; 16 megapixels) or 4944 x 3274 pixels (DNG; 16 megapixels) 4928×3264, 3456×2304 (3:2)  
Aperture range From 3.5 to 16 (at 28 mm)/6.4 to 16 (at 70 mm) in 1/3 EV increments From 3.5 to 16 (at 24 mm)/5.5 to 16 (at 85 mm) The X Vario lens is slower, but actually a tiny bit faster at 28 mm
ISO Range Automatic (with optional limits for shutter speed and sensitivity), ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500 AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO-LO, ISO200, ISO250, ISO320, ISO400, ISO500, ISO640, ISO800, ISO1000, ISO1250, ISO1600, ISO2000, ISO2500, ISO3200 The X Vario goes beyond...
Autofocus system Contrast-based auto focus system Contrast-based AF system  
Distance setting range 30 cm/1 ft (at 70 mm focal length) to infinity; otherwise begins at 40 cm Approx. 25 cm to infinity (from the front of the lens) The A16 focuses more closely ...
Smallest object field Approx. 12 x 8 cm (according to own tests at 43 mm (70 mm) - do not take this too seriously) Approx. 11.2 x 7.4 cm (according to my own tests at a focal length of 55.5 mm (85 mm) - do not take this too seriously) ... and therefore offers a bit more magnification
Focus metering methods AF: 1-field, 11-field, spot, face detection; MF (with loupe, ca. 6 x) Multi and spot AF; MF; Snap; infinity (focus lock and AF/MF assist) More choices with the A16, particularly the famous snap mode (which I never used) and focus peaking (two modes)
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting Program AE, aperture priority AE, manual exposure, shutter priority AE, target-move function  
Exposure metering Multi-field, center-weighted, spot TTL metering in multi (256-segment), center-weighted, and spot metering (TTL metering with auto exposure lock) Spot can be made tiny on A16
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments -4.0 EV to +4.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV  
Automatic bracketing Three pictures in graduations up to 3 EV, adjustable in 1/3 EV increments -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV; color bracketing  
Continuous picture
series
3 fps or 5 fps, max. seven pictures with constant frequency in DNG + JPG Fine Picture Size: RAW: Noise Reduction off: 3 pictures, Noise Reduction on: 2 pictures
higher rates in other dedicated modes
At RAW the X Vario is faster, but only for 7 shots...
Shooting modes Auto / program shift / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual exposure Auto / program shift / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual exposure /scene (movie, portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, skew correction, miniaturize, high contrast B&W, soft focus, cross process, toy camera) / “My Settings” No scene modes for the X Vario...
Shutter speed range 30 s to 1/2000 s Photographs 1/3200 - 180 s, bulb, time (upper and lower limits vary according to shooting and flash mode), movies 1/2000 – 1/30 s  
Self timer delay time/Interval timer 2 or 12 s; none Approx. 10 s or 2 s, or custom setting); intervals of 5 s to 1 hour in increments of 5 s More options for the self-timer on the A16, no interval timer on the X Vario
       
LCD monitor 3" TFT LCD, approx. 920,000 pixels 3" TFT LCD, approx. 920,000 pixels (body)  
Electronic viewfinder (optional) Leica VF2 (or Olympus VF2), approx. 1.44 megapixels, tiltable 90 degrees Ricoh EVF2, approx. 920,000 pixels, tiltable 90 degrees The Leica viewfinder offers a larger image but shows pixels; I find it easier to use for manual focusing (without any focusing aids)
       
Video resolution/
frame rate
1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (1080p) or 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (720p) 1280×720 (720p), 640×480, 320×240 Better video on X Vario with stereo sound
Video recording format MP4 AVI  
       
Dimensions Ca. 133 x 73 x 95 mm / 5.24 x 2.87 x 3.74 in (W x H x D) Camera unit only: 71.4 mm × 70.5 mm × 93.3 mm (W × H × D)
When mounted on the GXR body: 113.9 mm × 74.7 mm × 98.5 mm (W × H × D)
The X Vario is considerably larger than the GXR with A16 camera unit
Weight Ca. 650/680 g / 22.9/24 oz (without/with battery) Camera unit only Approx. 350 g
When mounted on camera body: Approx. 550 g (battery and SD memory card included)
The X Vario is noticeably heavier than the GXR with A16 camera unit
Connections Mini USB 2.0 socket, HDMI socket, special socket exclusively for external Leica EVF 2 electronic viewfinder USB 2.0 (High-Speed) Mini-B connector; Mass Storage; AV output (NTSC), HDMI connector (Mini HDMI Type C)  
Power supply Lithium ion battery 3.7 V, capacity 1600 mAh, approx. 260 pictures DB-90 rechargeable battery, 3.6V, approx. 400 pictures  
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards SD/SDHC memory cards, internal memory (approx. 86 MB)  

*) Incorrect in manual (there: 3274)

Please note that the technical data in both the German and the English version in the instructions for my Leica X Vario as well as the online technical data (English version) contain some errors. I cannot guarantee that all listed data is correct. Leica may correct the instructions and technical specifications over time...

 

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