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The Leica X2

When Leica released the X1 latein 2009, it paved the way for a new category of camera that sits somewhere between a conventional compact and full-sized SLR, by combining a fixed-lens format with a generous image sensor and traditional, manual photography controls in a design small enough to fit in your pocket. Now the German marque has quietly ushered in the X2, which builds on its predecessor’s admirable qualities with an even larger 16MP CMOS sensor, greatly improved autofocus, a spring-loaded flash and an optional, top-mounted electronic viewfinder for framing subjects in bright environments. With its set focal length of  35mm (the preferred format of most photojournalists), its blend of portability, power and professional results truly has no equal. From £1,575;