Ming Thein is een gedreven en zeer ervaren fotograaf die regelmatig nieuwe producten aan een gedegen onderzoek onderwerpt. Zo ook de nieuwe Leica X2. In dit uitvoerige verslag vergelijkt hij de X2 met de voorganger de X1 en de Fujifilm X100. Bij het klikken op de vele testfoto’s wordt je doorgestuurd naar de foto’s op Flickr alwaar je de exif info kunt checken voor de instellingen tijdens de opname.
“The first thing that strikes you is that it somehow feels better than the X1 – I am aware that this is a dangerously subjective comment to make – but the choice of materials seems a bit more solid; in fact, it seems like the camera has a bit more ‘stuff’ inside it. According to Leica, it’s about 30g heavier, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but you can feel it. It also seems like the body shells are a bit thicker, which contributes to the impression of solidity; the Leica X2 feels much closer to a mini-M than the X1 did. Perhaps it’s the black chrome and leather covers mine had. (I’m told it’ll also be available in silver).”
“Now would be a good time to talk about improvements. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s what you’d notice and appreciate as a serious photographer:
- AF speed is a LOT faster
- The top plate dials are much stiffer, and now don’t rotate accidentally
- Greatly improved LCD; supposedly still the same number of dots, but side by side with the old X1, it seems a lot clearer and more fluid.
- EVF shoe, and matching tiltable EVF which has great resolution.
- Battery life is significantly better
- Burst mode is faster.
- What’s nice to report is that the new 16.5 MP CMOS used is class leading in every way.All in all, the Leica X2 is up there with the best of the APS-C cameras