Leica X2

Reassuringly solid utilitarian retro design comes in silver (above) or all-black, with the just-launched Leica X2 high-end compact camera. It is a bit of a quirky one, combining fixed focal length, tons of manual control, and an optional optical viewfinder. The big news tech feature is the large 16MP APS-C image sensor, usually found in full-size DSLRs, which means excellent picture quality, delivered through a precise Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 lens—with photography purists in mind, the 35mm focal length continues the classic photojournalism film format of the past. The X2 comes with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for editing, and a select group of accessories is available, including two viewfinders, a flash, a handgrip, various cases and bags, and, of course, a strap. This happens to be the only digital compact camera actually made in Germany, where it is assembled by hand. $1,995.

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