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The Leica X2 is the latest serious compact camera from Leica, replacing the Leica X1, and 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.
- 16mp APS-C CMOS Sensor
- Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens, equivalent to 35mm
- 2.7 inch 230k pixel screen
- ISO100 - 12500
- 5fps continuous shooting
- Manual aperture / shutter controls
- RAW Adobe DNG
- Pop-up flash
- Flash hot-shoe
- Accessory port
- 450 shot battery life
- Available in black or silver
Handling - Auto focus (AF) is said to be much quicker, and when we were using the camera it was certainly reasonable, although at very close focussing distances the camera occasionally struggled, causing us to revert to manual focus to be sure of a successful shot. The screen appeared quite sharp even though it's a low resolution 230k pixel screen, and it was possible to clearly see when the subject was in focus from the screen. The EVF with 1.44m dots is very clear and was a good experience with a decent refresh rate.
Design - The design of the camera is quite classical with a two-tone black and silver metal body, or alternatively an all-black model. Additional grip is available if needed with the optional hand-grip, although this blocks access to the bottom battery and memory card compartment and we found the camera was comfortable to use without the optional grip. The rear of the camera gives quick access to controls with dedicated WB, ISO, EV, Focus and Flash buttons, with the aperture and shutter speed dials on top of the camera.
Leica X2 Other sample images
Jon Bentley No Flash | 1/40 sec | f/2.8 | 24.0 mm | ISO 100
Jon Bentley With Flash | 1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 24.0 mm | ISO 125
Model | 1/50 sec | f/3.5 | 24.0 mm | ISO 100
1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 24.0 mm | ISO 125
1/800 sec | f/5.6 | 24.0 mm | ISO 100
Close Focus | 1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 24.0 mm | ISO 125
Leica S2 | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 800
The camera produces very clean images with very low noise at the lower ISO settings, and detail is good with sharp crisp images possible, although we did wonder if the flash performance was a little weak. We will need to perform additional testing when we carry out a full review.
Leica X2 ISO test images
Images look very clean up to ISO800 and even ISO1600 produces good results. It's not until ISO3200 that you start to notice a decrease in image quality due to noise, although images are still very usable. At ISO6400 and above noise becomes quite dominant and further work may be needed on the images to get usable results.
Value for Money - The Leica X2 is available for £1575 - this makes it very expensive for a compact camera with a large sensor, more expensive than the Leica X1, and the nearest competitor, the Fujifilm X100 with APS-C sensor is available for around £649, and while it may not be as compact, it offers a built in optical / electronic viewfinder, brighter f/2 lens and excellent build quality, as well as a much lower price. Alternatives to look at include the new Sony Cybershot RX100 with 1 inch sensor with an RRP of £550, or a mirrorless compact system camera.
Fujifilm X100, as well as numerous mirrorless cameras for a fraction of the price of the X2. From what we've seen so far, the X2 offers excellent image quality with low noise up to ISO3200, but without video and an optional electronic viewfinder it may only appeal to Leica fans, or those with a large wallet. Find out more when we get our hands-on the camera for our full review shortly.
Leica X2 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/16|
|CCD pixels||16.5Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 12500|
|Movie mode||No Data|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Stereo Sound||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Box Contents||Battery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BC-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual.|