Leica has announced a new premium compact camera, fitted with an APS-C size sensor and offering full manual control.
The camera's sensor is 16.5 million pixels and is combined with a fixed-length Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens.
Other new features on the camera include an improved autofocus system, which Leica promises offers fast, precise and almost silent focusing.
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Leica also claims that the new sensor can deliver several benefits including low image noise, high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation.
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The 24mm f/2.8 lens is an effective length of 36mm in the 35mm film format, and has been designed to appeal to street photographers.
On the back of the camera, a high-contrast 2.7 inch LCD screen is included, which promises to deliver bright and detailed images in strong light.
Designed to be reminiscent of M system cameras, the X2 features an all-metal construction and premium, leather-style trim.
A range of accessories, including an electronic viewfinder with a 90 degree swivel function. An optical viewfinder accessory will also be available.
Photoshop Lightroom is also included with the camera.
The Leica X2 price is £1,575 (around $2540) and will be available soon.