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How many Megapixels does the Leica X2 have?

The Leica X2 is equipped with a an APS-C sensor that offers an image resolution of 16.1 megapixels (MP), or 16.1 million pixels. With its native aspect ratio of 3:2, the sensor has 4 928 horizontal pixels and 3 264 vertical pixels.

A 35mm film slide or negative contains 5-15 MP of useful detail, so that the Leica X2 can be considered to be a high-resolution camera that outresolves any 35mm film camera.

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A high megapixel count makes it possible to crop any captured image substantially or to make very large prints from the image file. On the downside, large megapixel files are slower to transfer and take up more storage space on the computer harddisk. Also, high-resolution imaging requires sharper, more expensive lenses than low-res picture taking.

How large can I print with 16.1 MP?

The maximum print size of the Leica X2 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 24.6 x 16.3 inches or 62.6 x 41.5 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 19.7 x 13.1 inches or 50.1 x 33.2 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 16.4 x 10.9 inches or 41.7 x 27.6 cm. Few people actually print their images that large on a regular basis, but it is nice to have the option to make very large prints of exceptional shots. Also, as mentioned earlier, a key advantage of high-MP cameras is that it is possible to crop an image ex-post and thereby, for example, change the composition of the capture or zoom in on some detail.

Sensor specs and performance

The table below compares the sensor specs of the Leica X2 to those of several similar cameras. In addition to sensor class and megapixel count, DXO values are reported as indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better). Three aspects are covered: color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none23.212.4127574
2.
 
Fujifilm X100S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p23.312.5132975
3.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p23.412.6139076
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p23.412.6140077
5.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.913.2169081
6.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.7108275
7.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.612.8149178
8.
 
Leica X Vario APS-C 16.1 4928 32721080/30p23.412.7132078
9.
 
Leica X1 APS-C 12.2 4272 2856none22.611.8103769
10.
 
Nikon Coolpix A APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.413.8116480
11.
 
Ricoh GR APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.613.597278
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.
Further information on the sensor in the Leica X2 and the camera's operation can be found in the camera manual.

In the United States, the X2 was initially launched in May 2012 at a price of $1,995.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Leica X2
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 36mm f/2.8
    Launch Date May 2012
    Launch Price USD 1 995
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 370 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.4 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4 928 x 3 264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.79 μm
    Pixel Density 4.35 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12 500 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Size 2.7 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDHC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Battery Type BP-DC8 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)450 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 124 x 69 x 52 mm
    (4.9 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)
    Camera Weight 345 g (12.2 oz)

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