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Leica X2 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.2MP 1x CMOS Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Two industry awards
Good size
Does not have a good screen
28 Reviews + 2 Awards
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by both review websites PhotographyBlog.com and Hi-tech.mail.ru/, both of which decided that this digital camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This Leica digital camera has an average expert rating of 80% based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Digital Versus and Pocket Lint.

Good Brand

We checked 751 user and expert reviews (including 20 verified purchases) for Leica digital cameras and found that on average Leica has good ratings. We also found that Leica has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range. 100% of those that bought a Leica digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two Leica X2 owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One Leica X2 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was noisy.


Power

Good Battery Life

One Leica X2 reviewer thought it had a good battery life.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

One person concluded that it had good technical guidance.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eleven Leica X2 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Leica X2 was compact. Digitalversus.com mentioned “The Leica X2 is a superb expert compact that'll please photo enthusiasts looking for a simple model that takes great-quality pictures” in their review of the Leica X2 and rated the product 7 stars. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their Leica X2 review “It faced little competition as the only other compact cameras with large APS-C-sized sensors were the Sigma DP1”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also said “It has been almost three years since Leica released its X1 compact camera” in their review.

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “With a stylish body it features improved resolution, design”.

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Average Weight

The Leica X2 has a pretty standard weight (345 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was January 2014 when this Leica camera was released.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Leica X2 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the PowerShot G7 (£342.99), or the G15 (£389) both from Canon or the Ricoh GR (£366.99).

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera have display diagonals of between 2.7" and 4.8". When compared to other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera, the Leica X2's display diagonal of only 2.7 inches is one of the smallest.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Leica D-Lux (£799) (3" and higher rated), the Fujifilm X100T (3" and higher rated), or the Olympus Stylus 1S (3" and higher rated).

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Design

Well Made

Six Leica X2 owners who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Pc Mag mentioned “Beautiful looks and build” in their review of the Leica X2. Pc Mag also said “Excellent build quality” in their review. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “The Leica X2 stands out as a high-quality, well-built camera, with a sharp lens” .

Well Designed

Five Leica X2 reviewers concluded that the product was good looking. Expert website Howtospendit.ft.com said four years ago “The most beautiful digital camera yet seen, with its stylistic echo of the 1925 Leica 1 model” in their Leica X2 review. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert website Pocket Lint five years ago “The X2 improves upon its predecessor and is a great, stylised statement camera”. Pocket-Lint.com also wrote “It looks gorgeous, has some enviable features.” in their review.

Two Leica X2 owners who reviewed the Leica X2 thought it was well designed. Pc Mag mentioned in their Leica X2 review “Hochwertige Verarbeitung und Design”.

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Easy to Use

Three Leica X2 reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 on PC Mag “Good lens and excellent digital noise control up to 3200 ISO” but they scored the product 1 stars. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert review site Digital Versus five years ago “This can be handy for lining up shots in strong sunlight” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 “Pleasant handling”.

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Good Quality

Nine Leica X2 owners who bought it reckoned that it was good quality. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Lens quality, excellent results, styling, free copy of Adobe Lightroom included” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag also said “Great photo quality” in their review. Pc Mag also said “Great build quality and finish” in their review.


Does Not Have a Good Screen

Two people thought it did not have a good screen. Pc Mag said “Pricey, no close-up focus, small and low-resolution screen, no ND filter (built-in or lens-mountable), wont suit the average consumer, image quality (although good) isnt any better than a high-end com” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag also wrote “Outdated screen” in their review.

One person concluded that the product did not have a good viewfinder. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Leica X2 on PC Mag “Lack of viewfinder, low resolution screen, outdated menu system, price”.

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Not Good for Video Recording

Two Leica X2 owners who bought the Leica X2 reckoned that it was not good for video recording. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “No video support” in their review of the Leica X2.

Good Flash

One person said that the Leica X2 had a good flash.

Good Lens

Seven Leica X2 owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good lens. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Top notch lens” in their review of the Leica X2. Pcmag.com said “The Leica X2 is a large-sensor compact camera with a sharp lens and a classic control interface.” in their review of the Leica X2.

One customer thought it had a good autofocus. Expert website Ephotozine.com rated the product 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Leica X2 “Features a 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”.

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Able to Produce Good Images

Six Leica X2 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Pc Mag said in their review of the Leica X2 on PC Mag “Une optique dlivrant de belles images et excellente gestion du bruit lectronique jusqu' 3200 ISO” but despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 1 stars. Pc Mag also mentioned “APS-C image sensor” in their review. Four years ago Howtospendit.ft.com said “Ridiculous ease of use and peerless image quality” in their review of the Leica X2.

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag wrote “Hervorragende Bildqualitt (bis ISO 800) mit exzellent scharfem und zentriertem Objektiv” in their review of the Leica X2 but in spite of that they only rated the product 18.2 out of 100.

Two Leica X2 reviewers considered that the Leica X2 had a good image sensor. Expert review site Stuff.tv said “A retro-flavoured, large sensor camera that we adored” in their review of the Leica X2. One Leica X2 reviewer who bought the product wrote that it had a good picture resolution.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Leica X2 supports live view, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Leica X2 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has an HDMI

The Leica X2 has an HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 110 megabytes, the Leica X2 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera. Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera have internal memory of between 21MB and 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 1.1GB.

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Battery

450 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Leica X2 is a camera that takes 450 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera take between 200 and 979 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Picture Quality

Only 2144 X 1424 Still Image Resolution

The Leica X2 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a 2144 x 1424 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 384 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Leica camera have still image resolution(s) of - 4288 x 2856, - 3264 x 2160, - 2144 x 1424 and - 1632 x 1080 and - 4944 x 3272. The worst still image resolution of all cameras of this spec and age is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Leica X2 has a 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution across all cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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16.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.2 megapixels camera.

There are a number of other 16.2MP cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix A (£577.97), or the Ricoh GR (£366.99) which both of have better reviews.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Fujifilm X100T (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

The Leica X2 has a relatively standard optical zoom (1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 1x optical zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Sony DSC-RX1 (£2,098.97), the Ricoh GR (£366.99), and the Nikon Coolpix A (£577.97) are also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Leica D-Lux (£799) (3.1x and higher rated), or the Olympus Stylus 1S (10.7x and higher rated).

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Price

Good Value for Money

Two customers thought it was expensive. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “How expensive? Try £1575 for the” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket-Lint.com also said “It’s also extortionately expensive” in their review.

One Leica X2 owner who bought it wrote that it was good value for money. Five years ago Pc Mag mentioned “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” in their Leica X2 review but in spite of that they only gave this digital camera a score of 18.2 out of 100.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 18450, leica 18452
Barcodes 00617401922505, 00617401922512, 00799429184506, 00799429184520, 04022243184503, 04022243184527

Leica X2 Review Sources

To prepare this Leica X2 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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