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Leica X2 Digital Camera

$1,577.06
Compact Camera 16.2MP 1x CMOS Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Two industry awards
Good size
Does not have a good screen
28 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this compact camera. PhotographyBlog.com and Hi-tech.mail.ru/ both gave this Leica digital camera a "Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 80 out of 100 based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Digital Versus and Pocket Lint.

Leica Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 751 expert and user reviews (including 20 verified purchases), Leica has good reviews for its cameras. Leica also has good reviews specifically for its compact cameras. 100% of those that bought a Leica digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eleven Leica X2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Leica X2 was compact. Digitalversus.com mentioned “The Leica X2 is a superb expert compact that'll please photo enthusiasts looking for a simple model that takes great-quality pictures” in their review of the Leica X2 and rated the product 7 stars. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their Leica X2 review “It faced little competition as the only other compact cameras with large APS-C-sized sensors were the Sigma DP1”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also said “It has been almost three years since Leica released its X1 compact camera” in their review.

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “With a stylish body it features improved resolution, design”.

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Average Weight

The Leica X2 has a fairly average weight (345 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Good Flash

One person said that the Leica X2 had a good flash.

Good Lens

Seven Leica X2 owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good lens. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Top notch lens” in their review of the Leica X2. Pcmag.com said “The Leica X2 is a large-sensor compact camera with a sharp lens and a classic control interface.” in their review of the Leica X2.

One customer thought it had a good autofocus. Expert website Ephotozine.com rated the product 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Leica X2 “Features a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO100 to ISO12500, improved focus and is one of the smallest cameras available with a large APS-C sized sensor”.

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Able to Produce Good Images

Six Leica X2 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Pc Mag said in their review of the Leica X2 on PC Mag “Une optique dlivrant de belles images et excellente gestion du bruit lectronique jusqu' 3200 ISO” but despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 1 stars. Pc Mag also mentioned “APS-C image sensor” in their review. Four years ago Howtospendit.ft.com said “Ridiculous ease of use and peerless image quality” in their review of the Leica X2.

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag wrote “Hervorragende Bildqualitt (bis ISO 800) mit exzellent scharfem und zentriertem Objektiv” in their review of the Leica X2 but in spite of that they only rated the product 18.2 out of 100.

Two Leica X2 reviewers considered that the Leica X2 had a good image sensor. Expert review site Stuff.tv said “A retro-flavoured, large sensor camera that we adored” in their review of the Leica X2. One Leica X2 reviewer who bought the product wrote that it had a good picture resolution.

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Does Not Have a Good Screen

Two people thought it did not have a good screen. Pc Mag said “Pricey, no close-up focus, small and low-resolution screen, no ND filter (built-in or lens-mountable), wont suit the average consumer, image quality (although good) isnt any better than a high-end com” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag also wrote “Outdated screen” in their review.

One person concluded that the product did not have a good viewfinder. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 on PC Mag “Lack of viewfinder, low resolution screen, outdated menu system, price”.

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Not Good for Video Recording

Two Leica X2 owners who bought the Leica X2 reckoned that it was not good for video recording. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “No video support” in their review of the Leica X2.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two Leica X2 owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One Leica X2 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was noisy.


Power

Good Battery Life

One Leica X2 reviewer thought it had a good battery life.


Support

Good Support

One person concluded that it had good technical guidance.


Design

Well Made

Six Leica X2 owners who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Pc Mag mentioned “Beautiful looks and build” in their review of the Leica X2. Pc Mag also said “Excellent build quality” in their review. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “The Leica X2 stands out as a high-quality, well-built camera, with a sharp lens” .

Well Designed

Five Leica X2 reviewers concluded that the product was good looking. Expert website Howtospendit.ft.com said four years ago “The most beautiful digital camera yet seen, with its stylistic echo of the 1925 Leica 1 model” in their Leica X2 review. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert website Pocket Lint five years ago “The X2 improves upon its predecessor and is a great, stylised statement camera”. Pocket-Lint.com also wrote “It looks gorgeous, has some enviable features.” in their review.

Two Leica X2 owners who reviewed the Leica X2 thought it was well designed. Pc Mag mentioned in their Leica X2 review “Hochwertige Verarbeitung und Design”.

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Easy to Use

Three Leica X2 reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 on PC Mag “Good lens and excellent digital noise control up to 3200 ISO” but they scored the product 1 stars. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert review site Digital Versus five years ago “This can be handy for lining up shots in strong sunlight” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 “Pleasant handling”.

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Good Quality

Nine Leica X2 owners who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Lens quality, excellent results, styling, free copy of Adobe Lightroom included” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag also said “Great photo quality” in their review. Pc Mag also said “Great build quality and finish” in their review.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Leica X2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Ricoh GR ($397.32), or the Canon PowerShot G7 ($363.63).

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Leica X2 supports live view. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also support live view.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Leica X2 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an HDMI

The Leica X2 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 16, the Leica X2 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The maximum aperture numbers of compact cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 1.8 to 22.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 8.6x. The Leica X2 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 1 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

Alternative 1x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Sony DSC-RX1 ($2,059.99), the Ricoh GR ($397.32), or the Nikon Coolpix A ($682.43) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Leica D-Lux ($989.95) (3.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Battery

450 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Leica X2 is a digital camera that takes 450 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type take between 200 and 979 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Picture Quality

4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

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

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution across all cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

The worst image resolution across similar types of camera is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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Only 2144 X 1424 Still Image Resolution

The Leica X2 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Leica camera has a 2144 x 1424 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 384 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of - 4288 x 2856, - 3264 x 2160, - 2144 x 1424 and - 1632 x 1080 and - 4944 x 3272. The best still image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Leica X2 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera. The display diagonals of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.7" to 4.8".

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm X100T (3"), or the Leica D-Lux ($989.95) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Leica released the X2.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00799429184506, 00799429184520, 04022243184503, 04022243184527

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