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Leica X2 Digital Camera

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16.2MP 1x CMOS SDHC Jan 2014
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Sensor Type Memory Card Release Date
Outstanding Image QualityLeica X2 features an impressively large, professional APS-C CMOS image sensor with a high resolution of more than 16 megapixels. In combination with its high-performance... More
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23 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This Leica camera received a "Recommended" from both PhotographyBlog.com and Hi-tech.mail.ru/, both of which wrote that this camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this camera is 80% based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, T3.com and Digital Versus.

Good Size

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Four years ago expert review site Pcmag.com said “The Leica X2 is a large-sensor compact camera with a sharp lens” and rated it 70 out of 100. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “The Leica X2 is the latest serious compact camera from Leica, replacing the”. Ephotozine.com also wrote “The Leica X2 is one of the most compact cameras available with an APS-C sensor”.

One person who purchased the Leica X2 concluded that it was a good body shape.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Leica X2 reviewers who purchased this digital camera thought it was good quality. Four years ago Pcmag.com wrote “The excellent optics and solid build quality of the Leica X2 ($1,995 list) match its luxury price point.” in their review of the Leica X2. Expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote in the same month “The generally excellent quality makes it all the more difficult to overlook blips” in their review of this digital camera and rated the Leica X2 4 stars. Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and said “The Leica X2 stands out as a high-quality, well-built camera, with a sharp lens and good image quality at low sensitivities”.

Nice Design

A few customers thought this digital camera was good looking. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine four years ago “With a stylish body it features improved resolution, design” in their Leica X2 review. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and said “It looks gorgeous, has some enviable features.”. Pocket-Lint.com also mentioned “Is a great, stylised statement camera”.

Easy to Use

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 four years ago “This can be handy for lining up shots in strong sunlight”. Digitalversus.com also mentioned “Which isn't too slow to use.”. Three years ago Howtospendit.ft.com wrote “Ridiculous ease of use and peerless image quality” in their review.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Leica X2 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “Features a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO100 to ISO12500, improved focus” in their review. Expert review site Stuff.tv rated the Leica X2 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “A retro-flavoured, large sensor camera that we adored”.

Two Leica X2 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. One Leica X2 reviewer considered that the Leica X2 had a good picture resolution.

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Robust

A few people reckoned that it was well made.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who reviewed the Leica X2 concluded that it had a good lens. One customer said that the Leica X2 had a good autofocus.

Leica Has Good Camera Reviews

Leica has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Leica X2 reviewers considered that it had good features.

Good Flash

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had a good flash.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Leica X2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the X2.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX50.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The Leica X2 has a fairly big internal memory (110 megabytes) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. Similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the X2 have internal memory of between 18MB and 8.2GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of compact cameras that have been around for more than two years is 8.7, and the maximum apertures range from 1.8 to 22. The Leica X2 has one of the smaller maximum apertures (16) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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450 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Leica X2 is a digital camera that takes 450 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years take between 150 and 514 shots per battery charge.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Leica X2 has a wider light exposure correction than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction across all cameras of a similar age and spec to the X2.

Across similar types of camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Leica X2 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the X2. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Leica digital camera.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Leica X2 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Leica camera has a 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best image resolution across all compact cameras that are a similar age to the X2.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Leica X2 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Single Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Leica X2 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display amongst all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the X2.

An LCD display is the worst display across similar types of camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 24 millimeters, the Leica X2 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the X2 have minimum focal lengths of between 18mm and 35mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Small Optical Zoom

When compared to other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the X2, the optical zoom of the Leica X2 of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. Across all the compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the X2 the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.9x.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Leica X2 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the X2 which have an image stabiliser.

It is worth considering other cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony DSC-HX50.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years support Full HD video, however the Leica X2 does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Sony DSC-HX50 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the X2, the Leica X2 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Sony DSC-HX50 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Leica X2 does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the X2 also do not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

The Leica X2 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Leica X2 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Leica X2 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Sony DSC-HX50 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Cameras of a similar type and age to the X2 have screen sizes of between 2.7" and 4.8". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Leica X2 has a very small screen size compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the X2.

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Only 2144 X 1424 Still Image Resolution

The Leica X2 has a 2144 x 1424 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 2816 x 1880 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolutions of - 4288 x 2856, - 3264 x 2160, - 2144 x 1424 and - 1632 x 1080 and - 4944 x 3272. Across all digital cameras that have been available for more than two years the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Leica X2

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Leica released the X2.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Leica X2 has a fairly average megapixel count (16.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the X2.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 345 grams, the Leica X2 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the X2.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony DSC-HX50 (245g) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony DSC-HX50 which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
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Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Full HD Video
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
Self-Timer
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Other Features

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Expert Reviews

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15 September 2013

Two years ago, I introduced you to the Leica X1, the most beautiful digital camera yet seen, with its stylistic echo of the 1925 Leica 1 model, and ridiculous ease of use and peerless image... Read more…

PhotographyBlog.com

The Leica X2 is a 16 megapixel compact camera with a 36mm fixed lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. The X2 has an APS-C sized, 23.6x15.8mm CMOS sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which promises to... Read more…

5 November 2012

The Leica X2 is a large-sensor compact camera with a sharp lens and a classic control interface, but it doesn't excel in low light...

1 August 2012

Update: We've updated the gallery above to include images of the new Leica X2 Paul Smith Edition which was recently announced at Photokina 2012 . Available in limited numbers from October 2012,... Read more…

1 August 2012

Certainly not a leader when it comes to versatility and spec, but the X2 excels as a modernised 35mm street shooter...

20 July 2012

The X2 improves upon its predecessor and is a great, stylised statement camera. The fixed lens (36mm in full-frame terms) won?t suit all, but for the niche market its aimed at it?s a cracking...

High-quality compact-sized cameras were few and far between when the X1 was released, and that made it a tempting (if pricey) proposition. Today, however, the market the X2 enters has changed...

In what is becoming a very competitive and overlapping market, the Leica X2 stands out as a high-quality, well-built camera, with a sharp lens and good image quality at low sensitivities. Sadly,...

26 June 2012

The Leica X2 is a superb expert compact that'll please photo enthusiasts looking for a simple model that takes great-quality pictures and which isn't too slow to use. But the generally excellent...

12 June 2012

The Leica X2 is one of the most compact cameras available with an APS-C sensor, and with a stylish body it features improved resolution, design and importantly focus speed. However, since the...

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