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Leica launches new German-made compact

Adeal has announced May availability of the large-sensor, made-in-Germany Leica X2 rangefinder camera.

The Leica X2 features a new, APS-C-format, professional CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP) in combination with a high-performance Leica Elmarit 24 mm f2.8 ASPH lens.

The autofocus system has also been improved, according to the marketing material: ‘It adapts to all shooting situations with enormous flexibility and enables fast, extremely precise and almost silent focusing’. The camera offers numerous setting options from full manual control to total automatic operation.

It’s rare to have a APS-sized image sensor in a compact camera, and the physically large CMOS picture elements (pixels) deliver low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation. Low light performance should be superior to the smaller sensors found in most compacts.

The Leica Elmarit 24mm lens has an effectively 35mm focal length – the classic photojournalist’s prime lens.

The Leica X2 design is characterised by clear lines and classic simplicity. The linearity of its design and its compact, handy form are reminiscent of Leica M-series cameras. It features a robust, all-metal construction and premium, high-grip leather trim, and the camera is available in a discreet black or elegant silver finish.

Switching between manual and automatic control is easy, enabling photographers to 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. Moreover, changing the plane of focus, the white balance, and other imaging parameters allows photographers to consciously influence the look or mood of their images. In live view mode, the high-contrast 2.7-inch monitor offers photographers complete control at all times and a bright and detailed view, even in strong light.

The camera also features a pop-up flash that can be activated whenever required. If more lighting power and flexibility are required, the accessory shoe of the X2 offers full compatibility with the Leica SF 24D and SF 58 system flash units.

An extensive range of accessories is also available: a Viso-Flex high-resolution electronic accessory finder with 1.4 megapixels and a 90-degree swivel function for shooting from unusual angles; 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; and an accessory handgrip that increases the grip and stability of the camera and makes it easier to shoot one-handed.

Leica continues to offer a comprehensive range of bags and cases: a premium-quality black leather case to match the elegance of the X2, an ergonomically designed camera protector in untreated leather, an ever-ready case in organically tanned cowhide to protect the camera during use, and a system bag that offers more room for the camera and a range of accessories.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is also included in the X2 package. This digital image processing software offers a wide range of functions for the management, processing and presentation of digital images.

The Leica X2 is available from authorised Leica dealers for an RRP $2499.

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