For all snap-happy photographers out there, the Leica X2 is the second addition to the company’s X series of compact cameras. This portable piece of hardware packs in a 16.5MP CMOS image sensor and is classified as a premium-class device by the company.
Fitted into the snapper is a Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens that has an effective 35mm-equivalent focal length of 36mm. Filed under the compact category, the sensor on the device is said to be rather large for a camera of this sort. It apparently allows the lens to gather more light as each individual pixel is larger in size, resulting in low image noise and enhanced color differentiation. The snapper packs in several automatic functions and a wide catalog of manual settings which allow photographers to adjust controls and derive images according to their liking.
In addition to the moderate wide-angle lens, the X2 enables users to conveniently switch between manual and automatic modes. It proffers an improved auto-focus system for deriving decent quality images, while the 2.7-inch LCD should deliver complete control through the live view mode. Designed around a compact and portable form factor, the Germany-based optics manufacturer has dressed the snapper with a rugged appearance. It flaunts an all-metal construction that’s accompanied by a premium leather-style trim. What’s more, the device highly resembles the Leica M-System cameras and it comes in either black or silver anodized finishes.
The Leica X2 price amounts to £1,575 and it will be available in the UK through authorized dealers and the company’s website.