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Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II

Portability
83
Imaging
58
Features
37
Overall
49
Leica X2 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II front
Portability
89
Imaging
52
Features
74
Overall
60

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Key Specs

Leica X2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • No Video
  • 36mm (F2.8) lens
  • 345g - 124 x 69 x 52mm
  • Launched May 2012
  • Superseded the Leica X1
  • Refreshed by Leica X Vario
Sony RX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 281g - 102 x 58 x 38mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Superseded the Sony RX100
  • Later Model is Sony RX100 III
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Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Overview

The following is a in depth comparison of the Leica X2 versus Sony RX100 II, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Leica and Sony. The image resolution of the X2 (16MP) and the RX100 II (20MP) is relatively similar but the X2 (APS-C) and RX100 II (1") provide totally different sensor measurements.

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The X2 was introduced 13 months prior to the RX100 II which makes them a generation away from each other. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the X2 scores against the RX100 II with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Leica X2 over the Sony RX100 II

 X2 RX100 II 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 II over the Leica X2

 RX100 II X2 
LaunchedJune 2013May 2012Newer by 13 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1229k230kSharper screen (+999k dot)

Common features in the Leica X2 and Sony RX100 II

 X2 RX100 II 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera regularly, you need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Leica X2 enjoys external dimensions of 124mm x 69mm x 52mm (4.9" x 2.7" x 2.0") along with a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs) while the Sony RX100 II has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 38mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.5") and a weight of 281 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the X2 compared to the RX100 II.

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the X2 and RX100 II is 83 and 89 respectively.

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II top view buttons comparison

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading a spec sheet. The pic underneath might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the X2 and RX100 II.

Clearly, both of these cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The X2 having a bigger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Sony RX100 II will offer you extra detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots way more aggressively. The more aged X2 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II sensor size comparison

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica X2 Portrait photography factors
Sony RX100 II Portrait photography factors
74
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
71
focusing manually
high flash sync (1/2,000 seconds)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
offers face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica X2 Street photography details
Sony RX100 II Street photography details
65
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
85
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (281 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica X2
Sports photography with Sony RX100 II
50
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
great battery (450 CIPA)
focal length is fixed (36mm)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
offers tracking focus
good battery (350 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica X2 Travel photography factors
Sony RX100 II Travel photography factors
64
great battery (450 shots)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
80
good battery (350 shots)
lighter than competitors in class (281 grams)
decent MP (20MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Leica X2 Landscape photography details
Sony RX100 II Landscape photography details
54
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
great battery (450 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (36mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7")
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
74
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
good battery (350 per charge)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica X2 Vlogging info
Sony RX100 II Vlogging info
9
can't shoot video
38
reasonably wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (281 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone socket
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Leica X2 vs Sony RX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica X2 and Sony RX100 II
 Leica X2Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
General Information
Brand Name Leica Sony
Model Leica X2 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-05-10 2013-06-27
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 12500 12800
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 36mm (1x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus distance 30cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 15.00 m (ISO Auto (W))
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 345 grams (0.76 lb) 281 grams (0.62 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 69 x 52mm (4.9" x 2.7" x 2.0") 102 x 58 x 38mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 67
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.4
DXO Low light score not tested 483
Other
Battery life 450 pictures 350 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots))
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $994 $598