Overall Rating:

3

Leica X2


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,575.00

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

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.

  • AF Assistance: Yes, built-in lamp, range approximately 3m
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 5m @ ISO 100
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, plus 2 manual, fine adjustment along amber/blue, green/magenta axis and Kelvin values
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC and SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Optional optical device
  • Output Size: 4928 x 3264 pixels
  • LCD: 2.7in TFT with 230,000 dots (approx 76,600 pixels)
  • Sensor: CMOS with 16.2 million effective pixels
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/2000sec with built-in flash
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Weight: 316g (without battery or card/s)
  • File Format: Raw (DNG) + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
  • Lens: Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Asph (equivalent to 36mm on 35mm format)
  • AF array: 195 individually selectable points, or automatic selection of one of 11 points. These 11 points can also be grouped into 5 collections to target the focus area
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/2000sec in 1EV steps
  • Focusing Modes: Manual or single-shot AF
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Max 5fps in continuous high, for up to 6 raw (DNG), 6 JPEG or 6 raw + JPEG files
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 124 x 69 x 51.5 mm
  • Metering System: 256-area intelligent multiple metering, centreweighted and spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £1,575
  • ISO: ISO 100-12,500 in 1EV steps

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