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The Leica X2 features a full metal construction, and therefore feels very solid in the hand. It is surprisingly lightweight however, at 345 grams witht the battery. It has either aperture-priority, shutter-priority, full prgram or manual shooting modes. The camera doesn't have a mode dial/selector-wheel like most modern compact cameras and DSLR's, however, it has a shutter-speed selector wheel, ranging from 1s - 1/1000th of a second, and an aperture selector wheel, ranging from 2.8 - 16. This gives a more traditional feel to the camera, reminiscent of older cameras such as the Leica M3 , or other rangefinder cameras. This allows for traditional manual shooting, and fast adjustment of basic settings when compared to other cameras with fewer manual controls.
Like pretty much any other modern-day camera it features autofocus , and the autofocus system in the X2 is said to be much improved ofer the much complained about system in the X1 which was infamously slow. Thre is also face-detection autofocus which makes the camera focus on faces in the scene, no pun intended.
The 24mm (35mm focal length equivalent in the standard 35mm format) lens is amongst the best found in 'point-and-shoot/compact' cameras. It gives that 'Leica feel' to images that can only be described as a 'Leica feel'. It is wide enough for most situations, and the 35mm focal length is considered the 'standard wide-angle' amongst professionals. It is a fixed lens though, no interchanging lenses here, and also no zooming.
The X2 accepts SD and SDHC cards. It also has a continuous shooting mode of up to 5 frames per second for up to 8 consecutive images, which is nothing impressive by today's standards, but then again the X2 isnt a sports camera.
The X2 is a system cameras, with a range of dedicated accessories availabe made by Leica themselves, such as a grib for beter handling of the camera, a 35mm bright-line optical viewfinder that mounts on the hotshoe, an electronic viewfinder, and a leather case.
Notable users of the X2: Mr. Hoveeto from Paris... Look him up.
The Leica X2 is a well built, German built compact/mirrorless/point-and-shoot/whatever camera, with a great Elmarit 35mm lens. It is most probably usable for general snapshot taking purposes, photojournalism, portrait work, and fine art photography. It is probably not ideal for sports or wildlife photography due to its slow burst speed and its fixed wide angle lens. It is however a 'cheap' way into the Leica eco-system, and will produce spectacular results with the famous 'Leica feel' in the images.
Leica X2: Discussion with 3 photographers on Inspired Eye