Leica Camera AG has announced the second model in its X series of digital compact
cameras: the Leica X2. Made in Germany by Leica engineers, the X2 features a new, APS-C format,
professional CMOS image sensor with 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels), combined with a highperformance
Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens – a classic focal length for photojournalism –
providing maximum image quality and brilliance.
The Leica X2 features an improved autofocus system, which offers flexibility in a large number of shooting
situations and enables fast, precise and almost silent focusing. The camera’s profile is complemented by
numerous setting options from full manual control to automatic functions, as well as intuitive handling.
Combined with its elegant and stylish design, this makes the Leica X2 the premium-class compact camera
of choice for discerning photographers who wish to concentrate completely on their subjects, producing
spontaneous, creative and true-to-life pictures.
The 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor of the X2 is unusually large for a camera in the compact category,
with each individual pixel being significant in size, and therefore gathering more light. The benefits of this
are low image noise, high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor
is 1.5 in comparison with 35mm film format, meaning that the fixed Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is
transformed into a universal reportage lens with an effective 35mm-equivalent focal length of 36
millimetres. This is considered to be a truly classic focal length amongst prime lenses, and one that has
captured innumerable iconic images in history. The moderate wide-angle character of the lens opens up a
broad spectrum of different options for capturing outstanding, authentic and richly detailed pictures.
The Leica X2 is reminiscent of Leica’s M-System cameras, characterised by its compact design and
portable nature, combined with classic, subtle styling. The robust, all-metal construction and premium,
high-grip leather-style trim makes the X2 a typical Leica camera in both look and feel. The camera is
available in a discreet black or elegant silver finish.
With its simple operation and menu system, the Leica X2 offers clearly laid-out functions, with access to
the impressive range of settings. The ability to switch easily between manual and automatic control
means the photographer can concentrate completely on composition and choosing the decisive moment
to shoot. In addition, the easily accessible, robust dials on the top plate ensure accurate setting of shutter
speed and aperture, while changing the plane of focus, white balance and other imaging parameters
allows photographers to consciously influence the look or mood of their images. In live view mode, the
generously sized, high-contrast 2.7” LCD screen offers photographers complete control at all times and a
bright and detailed view, even in strong light.
The range of features offered by the Leica X2 provides significant creative freedom in a wide range of
photographic scenarios. For example, the large sensor and fast lens make it ideal for shooting in ‘available
light’. Furthermore, the camera features a pop-up flash for situations requiring an additional light source.
If more lighting power and flexibility are required, the X2’s accessory shoe offers full compatibility with the
Leica SF 24D and SF 58 system flash units.
An extensive range of accessories is also available to adapt the Leica X2 to each photographer’s individual
photographic style. New to the X series is a Viso-Flex high-resolution electronic accessory viewfinder with
1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel function for shooting from unusual angles. Also available is a bright-line
optical viewfinder, providing a bright and clear view at all times, with no impact on the camera’s battery
power. There is also an accessory handgrip that increases the grip and stability of the camera and makes
it easier to shoot with one hand. Leica continues to offer a comprehensive range of cases: a premiumquality
black leather case that complements the elegance of the X2, an ergonomically-designed camera
protector in untreated black leather, a classically-designed, ever-ready case in organically tanned cowhide
to protect the camera during use, and a black system/travel bag that offers enough space for the camera
and a range of accessories.
Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and
Microsoft Windows®, is also included in the X2 package.
|Camera Sensor size||Non Full Frame|
|Camera Movie Mode||N/A|
|Camera Card Format||SDHC|