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Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X2

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 and the Leica X2 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2010 and May 2012. Both the X100 and the X2 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 12.2 megapixels, whereas the Leica provides 16.1 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X100 versus Leica X2
Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
35mm f/2.0 36mm f/2.8
12.2 MP, APS-C Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
720/30p Video no Video
ISO 200-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 100-12,500
Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots) Viewfinder optional
2.8 LCD, 460k dots 2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
5 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
300 shots per battery charge450 shots per battery charge
126 x 75 x 54 mm, 445 g 124 x 69 x 52 mm, 345 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm FinePix X100 and the Leica X2? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm X100 and the Leica X2. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X2 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the X100 is only available in black.

Size Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X2
Compare X100 versus X2 top
Comparison X100 or X2 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica X2 is notably smaller (9 percent) than the Fujifilm X100. Moreover, the X2 is markedly lighter (22 percent) than the X100. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X100 nor the X2 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the X100 gets 300 shots out of its NP-95 battery, while the X2 can take 450 images on a single charge of its BP-DC8 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X100 126 mm 75 mm 54 mm 445 g 300 n Sep 2010 1,199i
2.
 
Leica X2 124 mm 69 mm 52 mm 345 g 450 n May 2012 1,995i
3.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799i
4.
 
Fujifilm X100F 127 mm 75 mm 52 mm 469 g 390 n Jan 2017 1,299i
5.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T 127 mm 74 mm 52 mm 440 g 330 n Sep 2014 1,299i
7.
 
Fujifilm X100S 127 mm 74 mm 54 mm 445 g 330 n Jan 2013 1,299i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Oct 2013 999i
9.
 
Leica D-LUX Typ 109 118 mm 66 mm 55 mm 405 g 300 n Sep 2014 1,195i
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295i
11.
 
Leica X1 124 mm 60 mm 32 mm 306 g 260 n Sep 2009 1,995i
12.
 
Nikon Coolpix A 111 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 230 n Mar 2013 1,099i
13.
 
Nikon D3100 124 mm 96 mm 75 mm 505 g 550 n Aug 2010 599i
14.
 
Nikon D3000 126 mm 97 mm 64 mm 536 g 500 n Jul 2009 599i
15.
 
Panasonic LX100 115 mm 66 mm 55 mm 393 g 300 n Sep 2014 899 i
16.
 
Sony NEX-7 120 mm 67 mm 43 mm 400 g 430 n Aug 2011 1,349i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The X100 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 40 percent) than the X2, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the X2 is 1 percent smaller. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Fujifilm X100 and Leica X2 sensor measures

Despite having a slightly smaller sensor, the X2 offers a higher resolution of 16.1 megapixels, compared with 12.2 MP of the X100. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 4.79μm versus 5.53μm for the X100). However, it should be noted that the X2 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 7 months) than the X100, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that partly offset its pixel-size disadvantage.

The resolution advantage of the Leica X2 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 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. The corresponding values for the Fujifilm X100 are 21.4 x 14.2 inches or 54.5 x 36.2 cm for good quality, 17.2 x 11.4 inches or 43.6 x 28.9 cm for very good quality, and 14.3 x 9.5 inches or 36.3 x 24.1 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica X2 are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

X100 versus X2 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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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.
 
Fujifilm X100 APS-C 12.2 4288 2848720/30p22.912.4100173
2.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none........
3.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.864460
4.
 
Fujifilm X100F APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X100S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
9.
 
Leica D-LUX Typ 109 Four Thirds 12.7 4112 30884K/30p........
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
11.
 
Leica X1 APS-C 12.2 4272 2856none........
12.
 
Nikon Coolpix A APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.413.8116480
13.
 
Nikon D3100 APS-C 14.2 4608 30721080/24p22.511.391967
14.
 
Nikon D3000 APS-C 10.0 3872 2592none22.311.156362
15.
 
Panasonic LX100 Four Thirds 12.7 4112 30884K/30p22.312.555367
16.
 
Sony NEX-7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60i24.113.4101681

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The X100 indeed provides movie recording capabilities, while the X2 does not. The highest resolution format that the X100 can use is 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X100 has an electronic viewfinder (1440k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the X2 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the X2 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the EVF 2. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Fujifilm X100, the Leica X2, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm X1001440 n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
2.
 
Leica X2optional n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X100F2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X100S2360 n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E22360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
9.
 
Leica D-LUX Typ 1092764 n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 n Y
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Leica X1none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Nikon Coolpix Aoptional n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/2000s 4.0 Y n
13.
 
Nikon D3100optical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
14.
 
Nikon D3000optical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Panasonic LX1002764 n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 n Y
16.
 
Sony NEX-72359 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y n

Both the X100 and the X2 have built-in prime lenses. The X100 has a 35mm f/2.0 optic and the X2 offers a 36mm f/2.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Fujifilm provides a wider angle of view than the Leica. The X100 offers the faster maximum aperture.

The X100 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the X2 uses SDHC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm FinePix X100 and Leica X2 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X100Ystereo---mini2.0---
2.
 
Leica X2Y----mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
4.
 
Fujifilm X100FYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
5.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Fujifilm X100TYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X100SYstereomono--micro2.0---
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E2YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Leica D-LUX Typ 109Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Leica X1Y----mini2.0---
12.
 
Nikon Coolpix AYstereomono---2.0---
13.
 
Nikon D3100Ymonomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Nikon D3000Y-----2.0---
15.
 
Panasonic LX100Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony NEX-7YstereomonoY-mini2.0---

Both the X100 and the X2 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The X100 was replaced by the Fujifilm X100S, while the X2 does not have a direct successor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm and Leica websites.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Fujifilm X100 or the Leica X2 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm FinePix X100:

  • Broader imaging potential: Can record not only still images but also 720/30p movies.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (2.8" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (460k vs 230k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.0 vs f/2.8).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (40 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in September 2010).

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Arguments in favor of the Leica X2:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (16.1 vs 12.2MP), which boosts linear resolution by 15%.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 100g or 22 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (450 versus 300) out of a single battery charge.
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 7 months) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the X100 is the clear winner of the match-up (9 : 5 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X100 09:05 X2

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X100 and the Leica X2 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the X100 or the X2 perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X1003/5..75/1004/55/5 Sep 2010 1,199i
2.
 
Leica X23/5....3/54/5 May 2012 1,995i
3.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799i
4.
 
Fujifilm X100F5/5+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 1,299i
5.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T5/5+81/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2014 1,299i
7.
 
Fujifilm X100S5/5+ +81/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 1,299i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-E24/5..80/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2013 999i
9.
 
Leica D-LUX Typ 109......4.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 1,195i
10.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5....3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295i
11.
 
Leica X13/5..+..4/5 Sep 2009 1,995i
12.
 
Nikon Coolpix A4/5+75/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 1,099i
13.
 
Nikon D31005/5+ +72/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2010 599i
14.
 
Nikon D3000..+72/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2009 599i
15.
 
Panasonic LX1005/5+ +85/1005/55/5 Sep 2014 899 i
16.
 
Sony NEX-75/5+ +81/1004.5/55/5 Aug 2011 1,349i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X100 vs Leica X2

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 35mm f/2.0 36mm f/2.8
    Launch Date September 2010 May 2012
    Launch Price USD 1,199 USD 1,995
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.8 mm 23.7 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 372.88 mm2 369.72 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.4 mm 28.4 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 12.2 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.53 μm 4.79 μm
    Pixel Density 3.28 MP/cm2 4.35 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video no Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO no Enhancement
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 73 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.9 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 12.4 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 1001 ..
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x
    Viewfinder Resolution 1440k dots
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.8inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDHC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Fujifilm X100 Leica X2
    Battery Type NP-95 BP-DC8
    Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots per charge450 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 126 x 75 x 54 mm
    (5.0 x 3.0 x 2.1 in)
    124 x 69 x 52 mm
    (4.9 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)
    Camera Weight 445 g (15.7 oz) 345 g (12.2 oz)

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