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 Its first model, the Leica X1, has now been replaced by the Leica X2.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.
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.
Excerpt: Update: We've updated the gallery above to include images of the new Leica X2 Paul Smith Edition which was recently announced at Photokina 2012 . Available in limited numbers from October 2012, the Paul Smith-designed camera will set you back £2,000. The review below refers to the original Leica X2 model.
Pros: Top notch lens, Beautiful looks and build, Great photo quality
Cons: Outdated screen, No video mode, Costs a pretty penny
Excerpt: The Leica X2 is a bit like the Ferrari of the camera world. It looks gorgeous, has some enviable features, but it’s also extortionately expensive. And it’s that last point that will price it out of most people's reach.
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