Summary: High-quality compact-sized cameras were few and far between when the X1 was released, and that made it a tempting (if pricey) proposition. Today, however, the market the X2 enters has changed considerably. Not only have we seen the arrival of a host of high-end creative compacts, namely the Fujifilm X100 and the Canon PowerShot G1 X , but there's also the burgeoning Compact System Camera market, where you'll find comparable sized models such as the Panasonic GX1 and...
Excerpt: While Leica has yet to announce a compact system camera (CSC), it is one of the few companies to offer a compact camera with an APS-C format sensor. Its first model, the Leica X1, has now been replaced by the Leica X2.
Leica X2 – an advanced compact camera with a DSLR-size image sensor – review
19 May 2012
Conclusion: Leica X2 is great camera but it’s not worth $2,000 – even though it is several thousands cheaper than the M9 Hermés Edition series. The lack in video recording option is hard to overcome even though it had a sensor that could match up to DSLRs. And while you can still view photos in greater resolution, that means have to pay an additional $600 for the optional Viso-Flex EVF. Continuous shooting speed of 3fps was also unimpressive.
Summary: In what is becoming a very competitive and overlapping market, the Leica X2 stands out as a high-quality, well-built camera, with a sharp lens and good image quality at low sensitivities. Sadly, however, the X2 has in many ways arrived a few years too late. Cameras such as the Fujifilm FinePix X100 will provide strong competition, and many photographers will instead opt for a compact system camera.
Excerpt: Compact cameras with features we'd at one time have found more familiar on a DSLR are very much in vogue. So one that effectively delivers on such a promise is arguably akin to photography's holy grail. This, the second generation of Leica's high-end premium digital compact to incorporate an APS-C sensor naturally follows on from the 2010's original X1.
Excerpt: , and features a 35mm equivalent Leica Elmarit f/2.8 ASPH. lens, 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.
Pros: Excellent image quality - very sharp results, Extremely stylish camera, Excellent noise performance - very film like, Excellent build quality, Lots of external controls, 5fps continuous shooting, Lightroom included, 2 year warranty - UK includes 1 year accidental damage, Good battery life
Cons: High Price, Lacks video mode, Limited macro performance, Low resolution screen
Summary: The X2 is Leica’s update of 2010’s X1 , a retro-flavoured, large sensor camera that we adored but felt was a little too limiting to appeal to the masses. It’s not a fundamental change, to be quite honest. The most obvious upgrades are the APS-C sensor (upped to 16.2 megapixels from 12.2), a faster autofocus, a longer-lasting battery and a pop-up flash that extends a little higher than the old one.
Conclusion: We love the Leica X2, but it’s a far cry from a mainstream camera and, therefore, won’t be suited to many of our readers. However, it’s this distinctiveness that makes it a desirable camera. Not only does the X2 look delectable - that understated "for those in the know" kind of good - but its images are equally great too.
Pros: Looks great, improved autofocus, much better battery life, manual dials (now firmer), sharp lens, good image quality, download copy of latest Adobe Lightroom included in the price
Cons: Pricey, no close-up focus, small and low-resolution screen, no ND filter (built-in or lens-mountable), won’t suit the average consumer, image quality (although good) isn’t any better than a high-end compact system camera
Excerpt: While Leica has yet to announce a compact system camera (CSC) , it is one of the few companies to offer a compact camera with an APS-C format sensor. Its first model, the Leica X1 , has now been replaced by the Leica X2.