With its instantly recognisable style, a 16.2-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor and fixed 24mm f/2.8 lens, we find out whether the Leica X2 is a street photographer’s dream

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Leica X2 at a glance:

  • 16.2-million-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
  • Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 lens
  • ISO 100-12,500
  • Optional EVF
  • Metal body
  • Street price around £1,575

It has been almost three years since Leica released its X1 compact camera. At the time, it faced little competition as the only other compact cameras with large APS-C-sized sensors were the Sigma DP1 and DP2. Since then, the market has shifted away from DSLRs, and compact system cameras have become the largest area of growth.

Faced with this new demand for smaller cameras with larger sensors, compact cameras have had to raise their game, and Sigma’s DP2 is now only one of many compacts featuring a large sensor that will compete with the Leica X2. For instance, Sony has recently announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, which has a 1in sensor, while Canon’s PowerShot G1 X, with its near APS-C-sized sensor, has received much praise. However, it is the APS-C-format Fujifilm FinePix X100 that will provide the most direct comparison with the Leica X2. With so much competition, it will be interesting to see where the X2 sits among the current crop of cameras.

  1. 1. Leica X2 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Leica Elmart 24mm f/2.8 Asph
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. Viewfinder, LCD and live view
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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  • Victor Mitri

    After Long waiting for this camera and long wait for in per-order I received my unit along with new Nikkor 24-70 lens.

    I started the testing and very shortly I started seeing problem after the other.

    I will first talk about the good thing in this camera, I will say that this is the camera that we all waited for it has all what I dreamed of in one peace, the built quality, keys location and resolution is far beyond any other camera I tried.

    Cons: I didn’t have to wait more then two days to see all the issues which later people talk about Andreas.

    1- first issue was in my first try to shoot picture with low light, my model was so patient thanks God, the autofocus took too long going and coming and didn’t allow me to take picture, although the metering was fine but couldn’t take a picture.

    2- two days later I started getting ERR log preventing me from taking picture, i check the instruction manuall and it said its a shutter issue and need to be sent for repair.
    3- Left Autofocus had an issue, I discovered this when I wanted to take picture on F2.4 on my 24-70 lens the area of focus was not sharp.

    4- some times when I switch of the camera, the LCD remains on till I remove the battery.

    I came across all these issues in couple of days, I decided to return the camera to amazon and request a refund, I will buy the camera later I guess but I have to wait till Nikon fix all these issues in hardware release.

    So far I guess the camera is in prototype Phase and should not be a retail version.

  • amanda

    , shooting hi-key with the 5d2, you need to relaly nail your exposure or you might blow your highlights, looks like the nikon is a bit more tolerant in this respect.I’d say that the nikon does pretty well in the studio with its larger pixels, especially considering it’s designed to be a sports/action camera and not a studio beast.Also, the nikon lens does not seem to flare when you shoot into a big light source like the pics above. That’s also an important point.About the nikon lens : it’s good, but the rubber on the zoom dial starts to peel off. I don’t know if that’s a common issue with nikon lenses that cost over a grand, or if my rented lens has been abused by previous renters.

  • william andrew

    How can people complain about image files on a 36mp camera and also the price, I sold my SIX THOUSAND POUNDS D3X after using my D800E for less than a month, if you want low image files don’t buy a 36mp camera

  • martin

    Somewhat bemused at the term ‘enthusiasts’ camera? is this a Nikon label? Like the D700 was, I very much expect the D800 to be acquired and used as much by professionals as it will be by wealthy amateurs.

    The price may well give anyone access to its spec but the D800 remains a serious piece of kit which smart Professionals will certainly at times, if not mostly, be using to offer quality to their clients.

    Its almost disappointing to think that this camera will be bought by rich hobbyists for happy snapping the cat or the beach ball. Its like running the ‘Aston’ to the shops just because you can, tasteless. 😉