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Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • APS-C Size (23.6 x 15.8mm) CMOS Sensor
  • 16.1 Megapixels
  • Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens
  • Automatic and Manual Controls
  • Low Noise and High Dynamic Range
  • Low Light Photography - ISO Up To 12500
  • Live View With 2.7" Display
  • Lightweight (11.2 oz)
  • Compact (2.7 x 4.9")
  • Legendary Leica Precision Engineering

The Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black) is light, compact Leica camera equipped with a 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format--a format usually only found in much larger DSLR cameras.

The Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH. non-interchangeable lens has 8 elements in 6 groups (1 aspheric lens) and enables manual focusing or precise autofocus with automatic exposure, ensuring photographers perfectly exposed, sharp images with a press of the shutter release. Its wide-angle creates sufficient distance when needed and also lets shooters to get in close to pick out the details in a scene.

Its improved CMOS sensor helps to yield low noise levels for effective low-light and indoor photography without a flash, high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. Sensitivity goes as high as 12500 ISO. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35mm film format, which means the lens has an effective (35mm equivalent) focal length of approximately 35mm.

A 2.7" LCD with 230,000 pixels and a 100% field of view, almost fills the entire back of the camera and enables the Live Mode and precision focusing. Users can also view and compose their images using either the optical or electronic Leica viewfinder (both optional) which fits into the accessory shoe on top of the camera body.

The camera records both JPEG and DNG file formats and registered owners can download a free copy of Adobe Lightroom to process the camera's DNG raw files. With legendary Leica precision engineering, the X2 is compact (2.7 x 4.9") and lightweight (only 11.2 oz), and features a design reminiscent of classic Leica M-series rangefinders.

Large CMOS Sensor
The CMOS image sensor of the Leica X2 in APS-C format is unusually large for such acompact camera. The result: extremely low image noise, high dynamic range, and accurate color differentiation. The combination of an exceedingly large sensor and high-performance lens sets new standards in image quality in the compact camera category.
The Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH.
The Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH is a true Leica non-interchangeable lens with superior optical performance. When seen in terms of 35-mm film format, it has a focal length of 35mm.
Design
The design of the Leica X2 also expresses Leica's commitment to the essentials, thanks to its compact size and classic finish. Reminiscent of the traditional Leica M-Design, the X2 becomes an instant love affair - not just down to its captivating looks, but also the wonderful feel in your hands. Once held, even for a moment, it becomes difficult to put down. The camera's robustly engineered, full-metal chassis is reassuringly solid, while its leather trim is comfortable to the touch and provides a perfect grip.
Most Simple Control
For simple snapshots or painstakingly arranged compositions - the Leica X2 is the ideal camera for anyone with a passion for photography in its purest form. That's because it enables split-second changes between automatic and manual control. The robust dials on the top plate allow easy setting of the shutter speed and aperture. Moreover, changing the plane of focus, adjusting white balance, and other imaging parameters, allows photographers to control the look or mood of their images. In live view mode, the generously-sized, high contrast 2.7" LCD screen offers photographers constant control and a clear and detailed view, even in bright conditions.
2.7" Display
The bright 2.7" display of the X2 almost fills the entire back of the camera and reveals the finest details even in bright surroundings.
Live View
The live-view function replaces an optical viewfinder and shows an accurate preview with all essential image information. The Live Mode also makes the X2 particularly versatile for shots taken from unusual perspectives.
Precision Autofocus
The Leica X2'S fast, new autofocus feature enables extremely precise and virtually silent focusing. Perfect for situations where spontaneous reactions are essential to capture the right moment. It adapts flexibly to the situation in hand, for example, with a choice AF focusing segments or face recognition.
Universal Formats
The X2 transforms image data into JPEG files for immediate use or photographers can choose to save images in the Adobe Digital Negative (DNG), a format that allows image-relevant exploitation of all the benefits of the recorded sensor data.
Retractable Flash
The LEICA X2 features a retractable flash, which serves as a main flash but can also be used as a fill-in flash and can be synchronized to the second shutter curtain.
Workflow Solution
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a professional digital workflow solution, is available as an online download free of charge for all Leica X2 customers. It helps keep files organized and can process the X2 DNG raw files.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) CMOS
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Max Resolution 16.1MP: 4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Stabilization None
Optics
Lens Leica Elmarit, 8 elements in 6 groups
1 Aspherical
EFL: 24 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16
Zoom None
Focus Range Normal: 0.98' (30 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12500
Shutter 30 - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Manual, Shade 1
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White balance adjustment (2 axis)

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Burst Rate Up to 5 fps
Up to 3 fps 2
Please Note:

Max. pictures in JPEG fine + DNG: 8 pictures

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Interval Recording No
Flash
Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Built-in Memory 110MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 2.7" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI A (Full Size)
HDMI A (Full Size)
Power
Battery BP-DC8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 2.7 x 2.0" / 124.0 x 69.0 x 51.5 mm
Weight 11.15 oz / 316 g (Camera only)
Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black)
  • BP-DC8 Lithium-Ion Battery for Leica X1 Digital Camera
  • LEICA BC-DC8 Battery Charger
  • Battery Case
  • Leather Carrying Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • User Manual
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (download option after product registration)
  • 2-Year International Warranty

  • Included Free

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    LeicaX2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 40 reviews)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (36)
    • Easy to use (32)
    • Compact (31)
    • Good in low light (26)
    • Nice body color (24)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (16)
    • Limited zoom (6)
    • Lag / shutter delay (5)
    • No image stabilization (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (35)
    • Family photos (26)
    • Landscape/scenery (25)
    • Low light (22)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A True Leica Experience

    This made handmade (in Germany) Leica is like a mini M. It handles like a Lieca and, of course, produces images with that signature look and feel. I am very impressed....Read complete review

    This made handmade (in Germany) Leica is like a mini M. It handles like a Lieca and, of course, produces images with that signature look and feel. I am very impressed. I was not sure at first that I had made the right decision, but I'm more than convinced after seeing the images. The lens/sensor combination on this camera is worth the purchase price alone. And, that is what you're paying for (along with the Leica red dot). Can you get capable cameras for less than this, yes, but you're not getting a Leica. This camera is very light (compared with the M but somewhat heavy for a compact) and well made. It travels very easily and is especially discreet. I use it on assignment for reportage and the results are always stunning with very, very little PP needed. I use it with the optical viewfinder (which is also of Leica quality). Some may prefer the live view EVF, but I like the optical feel of the OVF which reminds me of using my rangefiner. Especially fine when zone focusing. If you use the AF you will need to train yourself a little to get this spot on... but it's doable with some practice. There is a little green light strategically placed at the top of the camera near the OVF so that you can see when focus is loced. Using single point central focus, you nail it quite quickly. Much like a rangefinder. This is a no-nonsense camera. Unlike many cameras today that feel as though they were designed by computer guys, this camera was designed by a photographer. There is no zoom, no movie mode and no scene modes. No submenus and sub-sub-menus. This camera will not be for the average consumer who wants more from a camera than simply good still photographs. Also, sound knowledge in photography (like the exposure triangle) would allow someone to get the most from the X2 experience. Out of camera jpegs are superiour to most all compact cameras but raw (DNG format) is even better. And, Lightroom 4 is included for processing. I also recommend the leather half-case as a good option. A screen protector is also needed, the Giottos 2.7" optical german glass is a good choice. Don't buy this camera and then stick some cheap plastic on the back of it. Go the full mile, you'll be glad you did.

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    Too expensive for its performance

    I did not buy this product from B&H but I will write the review here. First of all the design is excellent. A piece of art to watch for hours. Read complete review

    I did not buy this product from B&H but I will write the review here. First of all the design is excellent. A piece of art to watch for hours.
    As far as the photographic performance is concerned, the color loyalty to the true situation is excellent too. Sharpness is wonderful. In B&W photography the detail range is wonderful. Out of camera JPEG quality is formidable.

    And then you may ask me than what my problem is ? Here it is:

    1) First of all the auto focus is doing a lot of mistakes in the low light, and sometimes it doesn't even lock into the target no matter what you do.
    2) Although it is said that this camera cannot focus to the distances closer than 30 cm, if you are in the low light this can go further away as long a few meters.
    3) ISO performance is horrible after 800 level. In 1600 level you start seeing real hard grain.

    4) For this kind of performance the price is too high. This is a camera which should be used under ideal or "close to ideal" light conditions only.

    5) Another thing that really got on my nerves is that, the LIVE VIEW is NOT a real live view that we are used from other cameras. What I mean is this: First of all, what you see from the back lcd screen never changes dynamically; the only way to see what your picture is gonna look like is to HALF PRESS the shutter release button but even that shows only for 1 or 2 seconds and even if you keep pressing that button it doesn't continue to show the real situation to you. So live view is almost useless. So if you will buy this camera just because you fell in love iwth its heart tocuhing artistic design (just like me!) then buy the original Leica EVF too. Otherwise DON'T! If you are going to buy it without an eVF like me, consider it like an old school film camera which you will never see what you got until you bring to the shot to he screen with the PLAY button. Actually that's how I was using it. But it is not practical of course.

    6) The image stabilization system doesn't help but may even be causing problems for the image quality. So DON'T USE IT!

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    5.0

    The essence of photography

    By Leon F

    from The Netherlands

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

      I didn't purchase this camera through BH though I would like to give a review. Some background: I have used a Leica MP with 35 mm ASPH Summicron and a 50 Elmarit from the 1960's for 9 years so I was fully aware of the Leica quality. I also still own various Leitz Focomat enlargers and had my own darkroom for a few years. The MP was an amazing camera, probably the best 35 mm camera ever made but I ended up selling it because it was not practical for me anymore. With the arrival of two small kids, I just didn't have the time anymore to do any developing/ printing because it takes a huge amount of time if you want to do it well. I'm a firm believer that ultimately the goal of photography is to have a high quality physical print (like in the analogue darkroom), not jpeg sharing on social networks…... you don't need an expensive camera if that is your goal. Now on to the Leica X2. After just a few days of use I can say that, as expected, this camera is truly amazing. It's a really well built, sturdy instrument with a metal chassis and it's a real Leica. It has made me forget my Leica MP completely. The exposure meter in this camera is just amazing, it meters very precisely and every picture you take comes out really balanced with excellent latitude and control of highlights. The dynamic range is much better than anything I have seen from other cameras. The DNG files have a neutral look to them with some beautiful micro contrast and luminance noise at iso 6400 just looks really nice, believe it or not. This is a real photographers' camera and it will be very well suited to people who have a solid understanding of manual exposure, shutter speed and aperture and how one influences the other. The user experience is like an old manual film camera and to me, that is all I need, together with the highest output quality available.This Leica delivers on all of that and more! I have seen many people online complaining about the X2's display resolution, the fact that it doesn't have a viewfinder, slow autofocus etc. Let me tell you, all of those complaints are just really not justified in my opinion. Most of these negative reviews are done by people who probably don't understand the philosophy behind Leica products. Well, that philosophy is very simple: To get the best possible picture quality by using the best photographic instruments without any distractions from stuff you do not need to reach that goal of best picture quality.So now that you know this, we can easily trash the so called 'complaints'. - Only 230K dot screen display size: why do you need more? It does the job of quickly showing a picture perfectly well. No- one is going to use a digicam display to assess the quality of a 16 MP DNG file anyway. You do that on a computer. You don't need a high res display to achieve a superb photograph/ print. - Slow autofocus: absolute nonsense! I have taken pictures in almost complete darkness and it still focused perfectly quick. Yes, I have even taken shots of moving kids and autofocus works just great. It's not slow by any means. Yes, if you compare it to the latest Nikon or Canon DSLR, I'm sure it's a bit slower but than again, people who are in the market for a pro DSLR will not consider the Leica X2 anyway. If you're a good photographer, you would be able to use manual focus or zone focussing and wouldn't even need any autofocus but that's another topic.- No viewfinder: well, film camera's had viewfinders because they didn't have any digital screens. From a practical point of view, I find it much easier to achieve good composition by using the X2's screen, which, by the way, has a 100% field of view which is just great. Take my word: I have used a rangefinder viewfinder for 9 years. Conclusion: with the Leica X2 it's all about 'horses for courses'. Buy it based on what you want to do with it, don't buy just because it says Leica. This camera with its superb optics is best suited to people who will be creating fine inkjet prints and just want the best print quality possible. If that is your goal (it is in my case), than this camera is for you. If you won't be printing any of your shots than you may be better of buying something else as the true quality of a Leica lens can be seen when printed large, I tell you from experience.It was like that in the days of the analogue darkroom and it is still the case in this digital era. Just try for yourself and you will be amazed by this gem of German precision engineering. You can only appreciate it when you've actually handled it so don't be bothered by all those online reviews by people who never used Leica products.I'm really happy with the X2 and again: photography is about prints (like Ansel Adams said) and large prints are all about dynamic range, contrast and resolution. If you understand that, than the Leica X2 is your weapon of choice because it outperforms the competition in every respect.The problem is that none of the so called 'reviews' on the internet take that into consideration. They only talk about gadgets and gimmicks that you don't need to achieve great photographs. The Leica X2 in one sentence: A precisely engineered simplistic, optically superb, sophisticated understated instrument made to achieve superb image quality. Nothing more, nothing less. It has everything and not more than what a real photographer needs.To me it is the essence of photography.

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      5.0

      As Hoped and Expected

      By Mandragora

      from Bloomington, IN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor LCD

      Best Uses

      • Street Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      I use this as a more compact alternative to lugging around my Canon DSLR. I shoot RAW mostly in black and white, street photography, and family/pet daily life pictures. I did considerable research before I bought it at several sites, comparing it to other mirrorless compacts with APS-C sensors. My own experience (about 400 actuations over a few weeks) has been very much in-line with what the reviews said, namely, that the X2 is a no-frills camera that takes beautiful photos. I've been pleased with its low-light capabilities. The two dials on the top for shutter and aperture make manual exposure fast and pleasurable--I really enjoy the act of taking a photo with this camera. I have found manual focus hard to get right but have been satisfied with AF. The LCD is definitely a weak point, and I did go ahead and buy the Olympus VF-2 EV, which I have been very happy with. I love how it feels in my hands. The only thing that has caught me a little by surprise is that I keep intuitively wanting the near focus to be able to get about 1 inch closer than it does.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Compact Camera

      By PJRiowa

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great color
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Still Life
      • Street Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      I purchased this camera at B&H in July and after 5-6 weeks of use, I absolutely love it. I bought it wanting a high-quality compact camera to serve as a backup to my SLRs. But, the opposite has become the case as I grab the X2 first in more and more situations. And while it is a compact, it is not a small, toy-like camera; the X2 feels like a real camera while being very discreet and easy to take anywhere.

      I like prime lenses, and the f2.8 24mm Elmarit is excellent; fast, sharp and great color. The focus speed is plenty fast for any situation I've used it in, and I think it makes for a very good street camera.

      I narrowed down my selection to the X2 and the X Vario (sorry Fuji), but in the end selected the X2 due to its smaller size.

      The only immediate changes I would suggest to Leica are (a) the LCD should be upgraded to the same as on the X Vario, (b) turning on the camera to look at images should be done with removing the lens cap, and (c) a slightly largely shutter release button would be nice.

      Minor criticisms for what is overall an overall camera.

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      5.0

      Everything it's meant to be

      By European

      from UK

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      Like many people, I was torn between the FujiFilm X100s and the Leica X2. I am so pleased that I went with the latter. What's more - I don't even know why I was so torn! After all, the two cameras are totally different...The FujiFilm is a modern, deeply automatic camera - and I think it's probably quite a good camera, too. The viewfinder is what should help everyone pick. If you need a viewfinder, your choice has been made for you and it will be the X100s.The Leica completely lacks a viewfinder and even the screen is criticised as being incredibly low resolution - a mere 25% of the quality of many cameras nowadays. But it's still more than adequate to see what you are doing and remember - that's part of the joy of photography, not seeing the full impact of the image until later and the risk therein. The images, when you get them, because many are soft throwaways, are very special. This whole Leica glass/Leica look thing is not a myth. It's the lens and the metal body and a certain old fashioned simplicity. I bought it together with the ever ready leather case and take it out with me everywhere. It's small and it's beautiful and you know what? If it breaks one day, I am going to pay to get it fixed, rather than upgrade. How many cameras can you say that about?I love digital photography, particularly digital cinema and am the proud owner of a Canon 1DC.But when it comes to still photography, I am delighted to own this little beauty that cannot even shoot video or abide by dozens of complex menus.It's simple and it's beautiful - but you won't know that unless you shoot with it for a while.

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      4.0

      Upgrade from X1?

      By Ignatz Shmigelski

      from Cordova Alaska

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      I fell down a set of stairs and my X1 went out of commission, right before I was set to travel! I quickly ordered the X2.

      Changes:
      Good:
      Hot Shoe is now raised and comes with an insert to keep dust and debris out. Nice change.

      Bad:
      Flash (they changed the deployment) This change was supposed to fix unintentional deployment, but I have found that if you wear a button down shirt, the flash will pop up more often.

      Worse:
      Self Timer: The Power switch went from 4 positions to three, eliminating auto self timer. Now you have to manually activate the self timer each time you wish to use this feature. I use the self timer frequently (with the camera on a tripod) to eliminate camera movement. This change is very annoying.

      Overall:
      Given a choice I prefer the X1 because of the self timer on the power switch. I use this feature much of the time and the change is very annoying.

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      5.0

      Amazing. Glad I got one.

      By peter

      from SaddleBrooke AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      Follow on my last post. X2 Vivid setting. See photo .

      Looks like Velvia.

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      5.0

      Amazing. Glad I got one.

      By Peter

      from SaddleBrooke AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      Now I know what the Leica look is all about. There is a 3-D look to it. In 60 years of photography, I have never been so impressed with a camera. I have used Rolleflex, Nikon F100, pentax 645 and NikonD5100. But this leica x2 will be all I will use. What I like is how easy it is to use. No complicated menu. It all about taking pictures.

      My favorite feature is the VIVID setting. Its amazing. If you have ever shot with Fujichrome VELIVIA you will like this setting. With the leica Look and the Velvia look this is winner.

      Get the camera protector and the olympus VF-2viewfinder. Must cheaper then the leica one. There both the same product. I chose the Sliver body and I love it. And always I buy from B&H. there great to work with. Happy shooting.

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      5.0

      Precision and Amazing

      By Jimbles Notronbo

      from Santa Monica

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

      A very good and luxurious compact camera.

      Where it lacks in specs compared to Japanese-made brands (in terms of specs but those aren't everything), it makes up in it's build quality and ease of use and legendary brand.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Quality

      By TM

      from Chicago area

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Ergonomics
      • Good Image Quality
      • Nice Body Color
      • Quality Build
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Group Gatherings
      • Street Photography

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

      I mostly use the X2 for discrete photography: taking candids at group gatherings (inside or out) or in "street" photography. However, it has also taken on my highly rated, multiple-lensed dSLR for landscape photography as I have found the images to be more lifelike and rich in color and detail with very, very little post-processing (it has allowed me to keep within Lightroom - which comes with the X2 - with occasional minor adjustments to exposure, if that). Topping that off is the Leica quality build and ergonomics. The well-machined top dials beg to be "clicked" round and round drawing you into the camera, making you think about exposure, speed, depth of field. If you allow it, with it's purposeful limits, the X2 will make you a better photographer; for any camera you might use.

      I would like autofocus to be much faster - especially since I particularly like taking candids (although I am finding that the quickest approach with any camera is, paradoxically, to manually adjust and snap at the precise moment). Therefore, the best alternative to the X2 in my mind is the Leica M. Although the Fuji X100s and Sony RX1 are great cameras, I think the IQ of the Fuji is too "digital"/flat and I don't like the ergonomics/focus of the Sony RX1 (yet, we shall see). Meanwhile, the X2 is my go-to along with the Leica M6 for "full frame".

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good street machine

      By Purracas

      from Gallup N,M.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Image Stabilization

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      I have been using this camera for ten days; the interface is very easy to use and produces very high quality images. It handles low light and high contrast very well. I was pleasantly surprised with the automatic ISO setting, it was very precise with no need for additional adjustment. In programmed mode it works like an excellent point and shoot camera. However, I found the manual focus to be a big disappointment; it was awkward and cumbersome. A focus ring on the lens would be a great improvement . In general I have been very happy with this camera so far and would recommend it to anybody who can afford it.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
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      5.0

      GOOD CAMERA EQUAL TO THE SONY RX 1

      By OREIDA57

      from BOISE, IDAHO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      I OWN BOTH THE SONY RX-1 AND THE LEICA X2. WHILE BOTH CAMERAS ARE VERY SIMILAR, THE SONY IS MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY AND TAKES QUALITY PICTURES AS GOOD AS THE X2. ON THE OTHER HAND THE SONY COSTS MUCH MORE THAN THE LEICA X2, BUT ITS FUNCTIONALITY IS FAR BETTER THAN THE LEICA.

      IN PARTICULAR THE MENU SYSTEM FOR THE SONY IS MUCH MORE PRACTICAL AND EASIER TO USE.

      I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE SONY IS SUPERIOR IN LOW LIGHT DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF A LARGER SENSOR PLUS SUPERIOR OPTICS.

      FINALLY THE LEICA HAS A MUCH BETTER PHYSICAL APPEARANCE THAN THE SONY RX 1 AND IS MORE COMFORTABLE TO HOLD AND USE THAN THE SONY.

      BOTH CAMERAS ARE WORTH THE INVESTMENT AND PROVIDE TOP QUALITY PICTURES.

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      5.0

      Best compact DC ever

      By Kevin the Ranger

      from Mountain View, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Auto-focus Not Fast
      • Expensive
      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Street Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

      I used to be a landscape photographer(amateur). However I found my four-year-old DSLR too heavy and sometimes awkward to pick up and snap a shot. Thus I bought this Leica X2 and found it great for street photography, also I am going to try it with landscape later when I had a chance to go to Yosemite.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
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      • No

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      5.0

      Best Camera I've ever owned.

      By scottwhr

      from Pasadena, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

      Truly amazing! I've had a Canon 50D for a few years but eventually it became to big to bring around, so when amazing things happened I had to pull out my iphone and take pictures. I then bought the Fuji X100. nice camera overall but it is still a bit too big to fit in a jacket pocket and i don't like the "blur filter" effect produced by the lens. I then switched to the X2, super sharp image. Small enough to bring it with me all the time. I've heard 2 major criticism about the camera and i hesitated before buying it, but here are my feedbacks after using it for a few weeks. 1. people complain about not having a viewfinder. I can live with not having it but i also love using viewfinders so i bought a 35mm brightline viewfinder and it works great, i also like the ability to not install it so i look like a silly tourist and no one pays attention to me taking photos of them. 2. people complain about the low res screen. After shooting on the x2 and you pull out your iphone to check something, your iphone screen does look like a heavenly gift by contrast; but you do get used to it, it's not that big of a deal afterall! image quality is the key to a camera and the x2 does it so well that I'll never bring out my 50D with a 24mm lens anymore!

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      3.0

      Too expensive for its performance

      By Utku67

      from Istanbul, TURKEY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • No Viewfinder
      • Poor Image Stabilization

      Best Uses

        Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

        I did not buy this product from B&H but I will write the review here. First of all the design is excellent. A piece of art to watch for hours.
        As far as the photographic performance is concerned, the color loyalty to the true situation is excellent too. Sharpness is wonderful. In B&W photography the detail range is wonderful. Out of camera JPEG quality is formidable.

        And then you may ask me than what my problem is ? Here it is:

        1) First of all the auto focus is doing a lot of mistakes in the low light, and sometimes it doesn't even lock into the target no matter what you do.
        2) Although it is said that this camera cannot focus to the distances closer than 30 cm, if you are in the low light this can go further away as long a few meters.
        3) ISO performance is horrible after 800 level. In 1600 level you start seeing real hard grain.

        4) For this kind of performance the price is too high. This is a camera which should be used under ideal or "close to ideal" light conditions only.

        5) Another thing that really got on my nerves is that, the LIVE VIEW is NOT a real live view that we are used from other cameras. What I mean is this: First of all, what you see from the back lcd screen never changes dynamically; the only way to see what your picture is gonna look like is to HALF PRESS the shutter release button but even that shows only for 1 or 2 seconds and even if you keep pressing that button it doesn't continue to show the real situation to you. So live view is almost useless. So if you will buy this camera just because you fell in love iwth its heart tocuhing artistic design (just like me!) then buy the original Leica EVF too. Otherwise DON'T! If you are going to buy it without an eVF like me, consider it like an old school film camera which you will never see what you got until you bring to the shot to he screen with the PLAY button. Actually that's how I was using it. But it is not practical of course.

        6) The image stabilization system doesn't help but may even be causing problems for the image quality. So DON'T USE IT!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
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        • No

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        5.0

        Amazing!

        By Michel

        from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

        I recieved this camera two weeks ago. Im so impressive.Really strong assembly, light and make great quality images.

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        5.0

        A True Leica Experience

        By Sweet717

        from Montreal, QC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Reportage
          • Street
          • Travel

          Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

          This made handmade (in Germany) Leica is like a mini M. It handles like a Lieca and, of course, produces images with that signature look and feel. I am very impressed. I was not sure at first that I had made the right decision, but I'm more than convinced after seeing the images. The lens/sensor combination on this camera is worth the purchase price alone. And, that is what you're paying for (along with the Leica red dot). Can you get capable cameras for less than this, yes, but you're not getting a Leica. This camera is very light (compared with the M but somewhat heavy for a compact) and well made. It travels very easily and is especially discreet. I use it on assignment for reportage and the results are always stunning with very, very little PP needed. I use it with the optical viewfinder (which is also of Leica quality). Some may prefer the live view EVF, but I like the optical feel of the OVF which reminds me of using my rangefiner. Especially fine when zone focusing. If you use the AF you will need to train yourself a little to get this spot on... but it's doable with some practice. There is a little green light strategically placed at the top of the camera near the OVF so that you can see when focus is loced. Using single point central focus, you nail it quite quickly. Much like a rangefinder. This is a no-nonsense camera. Unlike many cameras today that feel as though they were designed by computer guys, this camera was designed by a photographer. There is no zoom, no movie mode and no scene modes. No submenus and sub-sub-menus. This camera will not be for the average consumer who wants more from a camera than simply good still photographs. Also, sound knowledge in photography (like the exposure triangle) would allow someone to get the most from the X2 experience. Out of camera jpegs are superiour to most all compact cameras but raw (DNG format) is even better. And, Lightroom 4 is included for processing. I also recommend the leather half-case as a good option. A screen protector is also needed, the Giottos 2.7" optical german glass is a good choice. Don't buy this camera and then stick some cheap plastic on the back of it. Go the full mile, you'll be glad you did.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          5.0

          X2 Lives up to expectations

          By NJSwede

          from New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • It~'~~s A Leica
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Street Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Silver):

          I use the Leica for street photography. What I like about the camera is the easy to use menue, I can set and save my personal camera settings which I can access quickly, and I like the aperture and shutter speed dials on top of the camera for quick changes. Excellent color photos, and impressive black and white which I shoot frequently. I rarely need the flash as the camera shoots well in low light. I have yet to charge the battery since purchasing the Leica three weeks ago. I also bought the camera wrist strap which I like, and the camera case. The camera fits nicely in the hand, and can be covert when needed. It would be nice if the lens cap were attached, but that is a minor thing. Someday I will purchase the Leica M, but for now I am pleased with the X2.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          5.0

          Best family companion

          By Father of 3

          from La Mirada, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

            Converted from DSLR system to X2 looking for lighter and easier to carry since my 3 kids won't help carrying the heavy camera bag. Very easy and quick enough to take snaps and the picture is always good quality. High ISO grain is even film-like. Fixed 35mm focal length is nothing one can complain about. I would add a EVF for under bright sunlight and a flash for indoor very soon. Go for it, daddy!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent camera!

            By garyabq

            from Albuquerque New Mexico

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

              I have been using an X1 since May 2010. I have enjoyed using this camera despite the well known faults (slow auto focus being foremost). I was on the verge of buying the X2 when I read of the new Sony RX1 full-frame camera being available toward the end of this year. The RX1 seems like it will be a terrific tool.However, I decided to go ahead with the X2 anyway. The main reason is I am very familiar with the simple and basic menus of the X1 and read that the menus of the X2 are almost identical. Also, the Sony will be about [$] more than the X2 and I didn't think the step up to a full frame sensor was all that important at this time (since the X2 has at least an APS-C sensor and not the miniature 4/3 sensor).I also splurged and bought the Leica electronic viewfinder (I did this not so much for the X2, but in anticipation of buying the new Leica "M" next year). An electronic view finder for the RX1 will be about the same price as the Leica electronic view finder (and thus a wash if price is a consideration) and I won't be able to use this on the new Leica "M".All that being said, I've been using the new X2 a lot over the past two weeks. The images are superb! I think a little more crisp and detailed than my X1. Also, the colors are better, particularly when using the auto white balance. With the X1 everything tended to be on the cool side. X2 RAW images need very little tweaking in Photoshop while with the X1 I always needed to adjust white balance.Finally, using the electronic viewfinder on the X2 adds an extra dimension of flexibility to the camera that is missing from the X1. Not having the electronic view finder would not be a deal killer in my opinion. However, it's nice to have and use.The X1 and now the X2 have been excellent travel companions. The X2 is very light weight (but a taste bit heavier and frankly more solid feeling than the X1) and compact. It fits in my brief case or the center storage compartment of my F150 without any problems.I have not taken enough pictures with the X2 to comment on battery life. However, I will say having the top dials with more resistance has been a nice bonus.My only complaint with the X2 (and the X1 as well) is that they ship with only a lens cap up front. That makes it mandatory to remember to remove the lens cap, otherwise you can damage the camera when turning it on. As a result of this design failure by Leica, I have bought for my X1 and now X2 the simple and fairly inexpensive replacement front piece for these cameras that features three little doors that spring open when the camera is turned on and spring closed when the camera is turned off. Well worth the [$].If the price does not scare one off and interchangeable lenses is not a requirement, the X2 with it's built in Leica lens (and the quality that Leica glass has) will reward you with excellent images for years to come.

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              • 10
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              • No

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              5.0

              Incredible

              By Blair

              from Vancouver

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black):

                I have the Canon 5d Mark II, Fuji X100. Fuji X-Pro & Leica M9. For the size the Leica X2 camera is incredible. Only the M9 takes cleaner shots. The size is perfect for Street Photos. THe Fuji's are good but this camera has much better saturation and detail. After two days of use, I think most of my gear will collect dust. Posted some shots so you can see how it performs. Hats off to BH Photo they excellent to deal with !

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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