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Leica X2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and image quality. The build quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the usability. The performance and focus get negative comments.

lens, portability, build quality, image quality, design

value for money, screen, focus, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica X2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 31 reviews)

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Leica X2


The excellent optics and solid build quality of the Leica X2 ($1,995 list) match its luxury price point, but the camera lacks features you'd expect from one that costs this much. It does have a sharp 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit lens, which delivers roughly the...

Sharp lens. Excellent build quality. EVF add-on option. APS-C image sensor

Poor rear LCD. No video support. So-so high ISO performance

The Leica X2 is a large-sensor compact camera with a sharp lens and a classic control interface, but it doesn't excel in low light.

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Leica X2


The Leica X2 is an update to 2009's X1, an over-priced yet very good rangefinder with an APS-C sensor and fixed 35mm f2.8 lens. The X2 provides only a few upgrades but all are absolutely necessary: a higher resolution 16.2 megapixel sensor and improved...

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Amazon review summary for Leica X2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Leica X2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

performance, portability, value for money, viewfinder, design


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


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Superb Street Shooter, Fast fine fun


Bottom Line this camera takes a fine quality photograph with many organic characterstics found in Full Bodied Leica Cameras. This camera has a great feel physicaly and in Non Hipster Black I have found it to be extremly Stealy. I carry a Canon 5D Mark...

Good Image Quality","Photos have Leica Warmth","Small","Vintage Feel

Close focusing","Manual focus","Not weather proof","Pricey asccesories

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Great camera


Well build camera, simply beautiful. If you are a simple point and shoot person you might find this a little difficult as I did. But with some training I taken some great pictures. I did my research so the view finder wasn\'t an issue. I knew what i...

Good Image Quality","Nice Body Color","Small \/ Compact

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Leica X2 review


The Leica X2 is the company's second generation 35mm point-and-shoot, a high-end compact with a DSLR-sized sensor and distinctive retro styling

Top notch lens ; Beautiful looks and build ; Great photo quality

Outdated screen ; No video mode ; Costs a pretty penny

The Leica X2 is a bit of curio, to be honest. When compared to the likes of the Sony NEX-7, Fujifilm X10 or Panasonic GF5, it comes across as slow, light on features, inflexible and expensive. And yes, it’s all those things. But it’s also a Leica, with...

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Leica X2 review


The Leica X2 is a bit like the Ferrari of the camera world. It looks gorgeous, has some enviable features, but it's also extortionately expensive. And it's that last point that will price it out of most people's reach.

Looks great, improved autofocus, much better battery life, manual dials (now firmer), sharp lens, good image quality, download copy of latest Adobe Lightroom included in the price

Pricey, no close-up focus, small and low-resolution screen, no ND filter (built-in or lens-mountable), won’t suit the average consumer, image quality (although good) isn’t any better than a high-end compact system camera

The X2 improves upon its predecessor and is a great, stylised statement camera. The fixed lens (36mm in full-frame terms) won’t suit all, but for the niche market its aimed at it’s a cracking compact camera. But the £1575 price tag - although not...

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Hands on: Leica X2 review


The Leica X2 is a compact camera with an APS-C format sensor and a price tag that's higher than many DSLRs'.

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Leica X2 Review


Certainly not a leader when it comes to versatility and spec, but the X2 excels as a modernised 35mm street shooter

The X2 is Leica’s update of 2010’s X1, a retro-flavoured, large sensor camera that we adored but felt was a little too limiting to appeal to the masses.It’s not a fundamental change, to be quite hon

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Excellent color rendition; lens optics produce sharp details; bright F2.8 aperture; good low-light performance.

Excellent color rendition; lens optics produce sharp details; F2.8 bright optics; good low-light performance

Lack of video function; 30cm minimum focusing distance can be limiting; expensive

The Leica X2. (Credit: Shawn Low/CNET Asia) Overall, we think that the Leica X2 is a niche camera that not everyone can appreciate. While its 35mm fixed focal length and lack of a video function may be seen as limitations, the X2's target audience of...


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.6 x 15.8 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Leica BP-DC8
Battery Type:Leica BP-DC8


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format:No / Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes