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...
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Cons: Outdated screen, No video mode, Costs a pretty penny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