Leica X2 overview
Leica X2 is Leica's Large Sensor Compact camera first launched on May of 2012. The camera includes a 16MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4928 x 3264.
The X2 stands at #51 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #402 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.
Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Leica X2 family
The Leica X2 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full list underneath.
Leica X2 Gallery
You can view the X2 from different angles in the gallery below.
Leica X2 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Leica X2 based on criterias which are usually seen as necessary in a camera.
Leica X2 Sensor features
The specification of the sensor in the Leica X2 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor can resolve 4928 x 3264 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 12500. RAW files are supported so you have more margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the X2's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The X2 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Leica X2 dimensions
Leica X2 weighs around 0.76 lbs (345 gr / 12.17 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 124mm x 69mm x 52mm (4.9" x 2.7" x 2.0"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 gr so the Leica X2 is lighter than various competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Underneath is a shot of the Leica X2 besides a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the X2.
Leica X2 Lens features
The X2 provides an inbuilt lens with a constant focal length of 36mm which means you do not have the flexibility to zoom.
At it's widest 36mm, the lens has an aperture of f2.8 making it really sluggish and not very good for low light situations and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to up your ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures.
Leica X2 Connectivity
The X2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and sometimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
A few apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Leica X2 Video features
Leica X2 doesn't capture video. In case you are wanting a camera to shoot just images, it is not a concern.
Leica X2 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Leica X2 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.
Leica X2 Display and Viewfinder
The Leica X2 includes a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specs for Leica X2 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinders are quite handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Leica X2 Shutter features
Leica X2 can shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Leica X2 Flash and Hot shoe features
Leica X2 has both built in flash along with external flash ability.
Leica X2 Autofocusing features
Leica X2 has only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which can be useful for taking photos of people.
The Sensor includes 11 focus points to choose from. Leica X2 supports manual focus in case it is required in low light situations or you need to have more accurate control on focus.
Leica X2 Battery life
The battery power on the Leica X2 is fashioned to last for 450 photos with respect to the CIPA requirements making it higher than standard ın comparison with its class. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has the highest (450) battery life in this group of cameras.
Underneath is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
Leica X2 for varying types of photography
The following chart presents a analysis of the Leica X2 for varying types of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Leica X2 Portrait photography advice
The Leica X2 gets a rating of 75 which is very good, meaning that it is a good pick for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support plus the potential to work with off-camera lighting.
Leica X2 Street photography info
With a above average points tally of 65, the Leica X2 is a good pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Leica X2 Sports photography info
A modest sports photography rating of 50 indicates the Leica X2 is somewhat acceptable for shooting sports. A camera really should have great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Leica X2 Travel photography advice
Weight is very crucial when getting a travel camera. Overall, the Leica X2 gets a very good 65 as a travel camera which is a fine option to buy for your travels.
Leica X2 Landscape photography info
When you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Leica X2 with it's moderate score of 54 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable amongst it's competitors.
Vlogging with Leica X2
A camera for vlogging should really come with a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Leica X2 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful score of 9.
Leica X2 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the X2, here is a range of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The line graph underneath provides you an overview of the X2 vs it's highest ranking competitors mentioned above.
Here are a few more cameras you may view as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.