The Leica X2 Premium Compact Camera has been out for a while now (the review above from DRTV came out last July), but nonetheless, PhotographyBlog have just released their review of this fixed lens mirrorless offering from Leica.
On the plus side, well… it’s a Leica, but does it pack the quality that the name implies, and can it stand up to the new kids on the block like the Fuji X100s?
PB’s Leica X2 Conclusions…
Don’t have the need to zoom, swap lenses or shoot video clips, but do have enough cash for a holiday somewhere exotic – or that of a semi pro digital SLR – in your back pocket ready to spend instead on a deliberately compact camera with a build that should last the test of time for considered image taking? Then the Leica X2 may well be your perfect photographic companion.
Whilst the traditionalist-looking X2 isn’t a budget option by any means and we’d find it hard to justify the expense ourselves, it is capable of delivering shots that are lovely enough for you to consider leaving the DSLR at home on occasion and pocketing the X2 instead. And naturally, if street photography is your aim, the relatively compact yet reassuringly chunky dimensions of the Leica means that (human) subjects aren’t going to be so easily intimidated by it. Plus the build should ensure that, if it does become your regular travel companion as it should, then it will be capable of offering years of luxurious service. (Read full review on PhotographyBlog)
My 2 Cents
The Leica X2 fits in to the Premium Priced Compact Camera range with the likes of the Fuji X100s, Nikon Coolpix A and Sony RX1, and brings with it the exceptional build quality, image quality and fine optics for which Leica are famous. It appears however, that the best image quality of the X2 is slanted towards RAW files whereas JPEGS are equally spectacular in other mirrorless cameras, meaning less time in post. This camera should not disappoint fans of luxury items, and if you have your heart set on a red dot, than the X2 may be what you’re looking for. Otherwise, I would recommend taking a hard look at the Fuji X100s.