Leica’s X-line of compact digital cameras has a new luminary. The Leica X2 features a new APS-C-format professional CMOS image sensor with more than 16.5-megapixels (effective 16.2-megapixels). It has a Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens (36 mm equivalent).
The Leica X2’s autofocus system has been enhanced, allowing the camera to adapt to all shooting situations with enormous flexibility and enabling fast, extremely precise and almost silent focusing, says the company.
The camera offers numerous setting options, from full manual control to automatic functions and an intuitive handling concept.
Leica calls this camera “the ideal premium-class compact camera for discerning photographers.”
Despite its high resolution, each individual pixel on the sensor is very large, allowing the X2 to gather more light. The resulting benefits include low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation.
Thanks to the ease of switching between manual and automatic control, photographers can concentrate completely on composing their subjects and choosing the decisive instant to shoot in any situation. The dials on the top deck provide grip when setting the shutter speed and aperture.
In live view mode, the high-contrast, 2.7-inch LCD monitor offers photographers complete control at all times and a bright and detailed view, even in strong light.
The camera has a pop-up flash that can be activated whenever an additional light source is required. Plus there’s an accessory shoe with full compatibility with the Leica system flash units.
The Leica X2 features all-metal construction and premium, high-grip leather trim. The camera is available in a discreet black or elegant silver finish.
A new optional offering is the Viso-Flex high-resolution electronic accessory finder with 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel function. Also available is a bright-line mirror finder that can be mounted on the accessory shoe and ensures a bright and clear view at all times, with no drain on the camera battery. An accessory handgrip increases the hold and stability of the camera and makes it easier to shoot one-handed.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows is also included in the X2 package.
The Leica X2 is available now.