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

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Leica X2 Digital Compact Camera With Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Leica X2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Large CMOS Sensor
  • 3The Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH.
  • 4Design
  • 5Most Simple Control
  • 62.7" Display
  • 7Live View
  • 8Precision Autofocus
  • 9Universal Formats
  • 10Retractable Flash
  • 11Workflow Solution

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.


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.

Leica X2 Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio3:2
Exposure Control
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Halogen, Manual, Shade
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.6 x 6.5"

Leica X2 Reviews

The essence of photography

By Leon F
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-17

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.

Amazing. Glad I got one.

By peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-07-20

Follow on my last post. X2 Vivid setting. See photo . Looks like Velvia.

Amazing. Glad I got one.

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-07-19

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.

Precision and Amazing

By Jimbles Notronbo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-07-18

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.

As Hoped and Expected

By Mandragora
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-01

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.

Fantastic Compact Camera

By PJRiowa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-25

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.

Everything it's meant to be

By European
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-02-03

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.

Upgrade from X1?

By Ignatz Shmigelski
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-12-18

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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