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New Leica X2 Premium Compact Camera Announced

Leica has announced the new Leica X2, an update to the X1, it features a new image sensor.

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Leica has announced the new Leica X2, an update to the Leica X1, it features a new 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, improved auto focus, Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens it boasts that it is the only digital camera made in Germany.

From Leica: The compact Leica X2 makes each moment something truly special - and captures them in brilliant picture quality.

This is guaranteed by its new image sensor and the truly classical focal length of its high-performance Leica lens. In terms of 35 mm photography, the lens of the Leica X2 has a focal length of 35 mm - the classic lens for photojournalism. For snapshots or painstakingly arranged compositions, its intuitive handling makes it easier than ever before to take true-to-life Leica pictures.

The Leica X2 is the perfect camera for anyone with a passion for photography in its purest form. This includes the photographer who works under the pseudonym Hoveeto, who has lived in Paris since the age of five. His greatest passion is capturing the cultural diversity of his home city, in which he finds new inspiration every day.

Outstanding image quality

The true greatness of the Leica X2 lies in its outstanding image quality. For its compact size, the camera 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 Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, this guarantees exposures with extremely low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation. The outcome: images of superior brilliance - down to even the tiniest details.

Made in Germany

Reminiscent of the traditional M-Design, the X2 is a camera to fall in love with - not only due to its captivating looks, but also its wonderful feel in your hands. It is so inviting to hold that you may never want to put it down!. The X2 is constructed, by hand, in the Leica factory from high-quality materials and passes through the most stringent quality assurance and precision testing at every stage of the production process. This makes the Leica X2 the one and only digital compact camera made in Germany.

Instantaneous reaction - the autofocus

The X2's new autofocus enables fast, extremely precise and virtually silent focusing. Ideal for situations where spontaneous reactions are essential.It adapts flexibly to the situation, for example with the choice of the number of AF focusing segments and face recognition. This allows photographers to completely concentrate on their subjects. The Leica X2 is much more than just a camera. It is an expression of the sheer joy of photography.

High-quality accessories

The Leica X2 can be flexibly adapted to each photographer's individual needs with a range of intelligently designed and versatile accessories especially for the camera. The dedicated accessory range currently includes two viewfinders for the hot shoe, a flash unit, a camera protector, a handgrip and a hand strap. In addition, a range of excellently finished cases and bags offer perfect protection for the camera.

Leica X2 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/16
35mm equivalent35mm
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.5Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus30cm
Focusing modes
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 12500
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeNo Data
Video Resolution
    Video FPSNo Data
    Stereo SoundNo Data
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo
    USBUSB 2
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    • RAW + JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLithium-ion
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)450shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsBattery (Leica BP-DC8), battery charger (Leica BC-DC8), battery case, leather carrying strap, USB cable, lens cap, user manual.

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    lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
    11 May 2012 9:01PM

    Quote: The Leica X2 is much more than just a camera. It is an expression of the sheer joy of photography.

    This announcement is more than just an announcement. It is an expression of the sheer joy of Leica's marketeers at spouting b******s.

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    cameracat 15 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
    28 Jun 2012 5:21PM

    Quote:sheer joy of Leica's marketeers at spouting b


    Could not have put it better myself....Smile

    Personally I don't give a stuff, But marketing hype that treats its intended victims as though they are stupid, Is not going to reach out to everyone, Just the few who did not need brainwashing anyhow.

    But there you go, Dream up enough crap and someone will swallow it.


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