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Leica X2 vs Nikon Coolpix A

The Leica X2 and the Nikon Coolpix A are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in May 2012 and March 2013. Both the X2 and the Coolpix A are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 16.1 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Leica X2
versus
Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X2   Nikon Coolpix A
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
36mm f/2.8 28mm f/2.8
16.1 MP – APS-C sensor 16.1 MP – APS-C sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-12,500 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 25,600)
Viewfinder optional Viewfinder optional
2.7" LCD – 230k dots 2.7" LCD – 921k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
5 shutter flaps per second 4 shutter flaps per second
450 shots per battery charge230 shots per battery charge
124 x 69 x 52 mm, 345 g 111 x 64 x 40 mm, 299 g
Leica X2:
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Nikon Coolpix A:
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Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Leica X2 and the Nikon Coolpix A? 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 physical size and weight of the Leica X2 and the Nikon Coolpix A are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Both cameras are available in two different colors (black, silver).

Size Leica X2 vs Nikon Coolpix A
Compare X2 versus Coolpix A top
Comparison X2 or Coolpix A rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon Coolpix A is notably smaller (17 percent) than the Leica X2. Moreover, the Coolpix A is markedly lighter (13 percent) than the X2. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X2 nor the Coolpix A are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the X2 gets 450 shots out of its BP-DC8 battery, while the Coolpix A can take 230 images on a single charge of its EN-EL20 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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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.
 
Leica X2 124 mm 69 mm 52 mm 345 g 450 n May 2012 1,995i
2.
 
Nikon Coolpix A 111 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 230 n Mar 2013 1,099i
3.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699i
4.
 
Canon SX510 104 mm 70 mm 80 mm 349 g 250 n Aug 2013 249i
5.
 
Canon SX500 104 mm 70 mm 80 mm 341 g 195 n Aug 2012 329i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T 127 mm 74 mm 52 mm 440 g 330 n Sep 2014 1,299i
7.
 
Leica D-LUX 7 115 mm 66 mm 65 mm 392 g 300 n Nov 2018 1,195 i
8.
 
Leica TL 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Nov 2016 1,695i
9.
 
Leica T 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Apr 2014 1,850i
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295i
11.
 
Leica X Vario 133 mm 73 mm 95 mm 680 g 450 n Jun 2013 2,850i
12.
 
Leica D-LUX 6 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Sep 2012 699i
13.
 
Leica X1 124 mm 60 mm 32 mm 306 g 260 n Sep 2009 1,995i
14.
 
Ricoh GR 117 mm 61 mm 35 mm 245 g 290 n Apr 2013 799i
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 298 g 280 n Jun 2015 999i
16.
 
Sony NEX-6 120 mm 67 mm 43 mm 345 g 360 n Sep 2012 999i
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The Coolpix A was launched at a markedly lower price (by 45 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.

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the Coolpix A 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.

Leica X2 and Nikon Coolpix A sensor measures

Even though the X2 has a slightly larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 16.1 megapixels. This implies that the X2 has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 4.79μm versus 4.78μm for the Coolpix A), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. It should, however, be noted that the Coolpix A is a somewhat more recent model (by 9 months) than the X2, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that at least partly compensate for the smaller pixel size. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the Coolpix A has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Leica X2 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12500. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix A are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

X2 versus Coolpix A MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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.
 
Leica X2 APS-C 16.1 4928 3264none23.212.4127574
2.
 
Nikon Coolpix A APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.413.8116480
3.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671
4.
 
Canon SX510 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/24p20.011.358645
5.
 
Canon SX500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p19.811.149443
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p23.612.8148378
7.
 
Leica D-LUX 7 Four Thirds 16.8 4736 35524K/30p22.912.8100272
8.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.913.2169081
9.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.7108275
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.612.8149178
11.
 
Leica X Vario APS-C 16.1 4928 32721080/30p23.412.7132078
12.
 
Leica D-LUX 6 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p19.810.8-30343
13.
 
Leica X1 APS-C 12.2 4272 2856none22.611.8103769
14.
 
Ricoh GR APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.613.597278
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.659170
16.
 
Sony NEX-6 APS-C 16.0 4912 32641080/60i23.713.1101878
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The Coolpix A indeed provides for movie recording, while the X2 does not. The highest resolution format that the Coolpix A can use is 1080/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The X2 and the Coolpix A are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. However, optional viewfinders – the EVF 2 for the X2 and the DF-CP1 for the Coolpix A – are available as accessories. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Leica X2 and Nikon Coolpix A in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Leica X2optional n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0/s Y n
2.
 
Nikon Coolpix Aoptional n3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/2000s 4.0/s Y n
3.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5/s Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX510none n3.0 / 461 fixed n 1/1600s 3.8/s Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX500none n3.0 / 461 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8/s Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T2360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
7.
 
Leica D-LUX 72764 n3.0 / 1240 fixed Y 1/4000s 11.0/s n Y
8.
 
Leica TLoptional n3.7 / 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
9.
 
Leica Toptional n3.7 / 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0/s Y n
11.
 
Leica X Variooptional n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0/s Y n
12.
 
Leica D-LUX 6optional n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0/s Y Y
13.
 
Leica X1none n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/2000s 3.0/s Y n
14.
 
Ricoh GRoptional n3.0 / 1230 fixed n 1/4000s 4.0/s Y n
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV2359 n3.0 / 1228 tilting n 1/2000s 16.0/s Y Y
16.
 
Sony NEX-62359 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0/s Y n
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

The Nikon Coolpix A has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the X2 and the Coolpix A have built-in prime lenses. The X2 has a 36mm f/2.8 optic and the Coolpix A offers a 28mm f/2.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Leica provides more tele-photo reach than the Nikon. Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

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

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 Leica X2 and Nikon Coolpix A 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
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Leica X2Y- / ---mini2.0---
2.
 
Nikon Coolpix AYstereo / mono---2.0---
3.
 
Canon G7 X-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon SX510-stereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
5.
 
Canon SX500-stereo / mono---2.0---
6.
 
Fujifilm X100TYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Leica D-LUX 7Ystereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Leica TLYstereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Leica TYstereo / mono---2.0Y--
10.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereo / mono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Leica X VarioYstereo / mono--mini2.0---
12.
 
Leica D-LUX 6Ystereo / mono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Leica X1Y- / ---mini2.0---
14.
 
Ricoh GRYmono / mono--micro2.0---
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony NEX-6Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--

Both the X2 and the Coolpix A have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. Neither of the two has a direct successor, so they represent the end of the respective camera lines from Leica and Nikon. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Leica and Nikon websites.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Leica X2 or the Nikon Coolpix A – 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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Advantages of the Leica X2:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 4 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (450 versus 230) on a single battery charge.
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale price.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in May 2012).

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Reasons to prefer the Nikon Coolpix A:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (921k vs 230k dots).
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More compact: Is smaller (111x64mm vs 124x69mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 46g or 13 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (45 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (9 months) more recently.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the Coolpix A is the clear winner of the contest (10 : 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.

X2 05:10 Coolpix A

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Leica X2 and the Nikon Coolpix A 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 technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X2 or the Coolpix A. 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 why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], 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 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Leica X23/5......3/54/5 May 2012 1,995i
2.
 
Nikon Coolpix A4/5+..75/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 1,099i
3.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699i
4.
 
Canon SX510..+ +....4.5/54/5 Aug 2013 249i
5.
 
Canon SX500..+ +....4/54/5 Aug 2012 329i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100T5/5+..81/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2014 1,299i
7.
 
Leica D-LUX 7..........4.5/5 Nov 2018 1,195 i
8.
 
Leica TL..........4/5 Nov 2016 1,695i
9.
 
Leica T3/5......4/54/5 Apr 2014 1,850i
10.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5......3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295i
11.
 
Leica X Vario3/5......4/54/5 Jun 2013 2,850i
12.
 
Leica D-LUX 6........4/54/5 Sep 2012 699i
13.
 
Leica X13/5....+..4/5 Sep 2009 1,995i
14.
 
Ricoh GR5/5....79/1004.5/54.5/5 Apr 2013 799i
15.
 
Sony RX100 IV4.5/5+ +..85/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2015 999i
16.
 
Sony NEX-65/5+ +..78/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 999i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. 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.

Leica X2:
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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you are interested in seeing how other cameras pair up, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications: Leica X2 vs Nikon Coolpix A

    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 Leica X2 Nikon Coolpix A
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 36mm f/2.8 28mm f/2.8
    Launch Date May 2012 March 2013
    Launch Price USD 1,995 USD 1,099
    Sensor Specs Leica X2 Nikon Coolpix A
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.7 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 369.72 mm2 368.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.4 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 16.1 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4928 x 3264 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.79 μm 4.78 μm
    Pixel Density 4.35 MP/cm2 4.37 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,500 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 25,600 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 80
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 23.4
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 13.8
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1164
    Screen Specs Leica X2 Nikon Coolpix A
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional Viewfinder optional
    Rear LCD Size 2.7inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Leica X2 Nikon Coolpix A
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 4 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDHC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Leica X2 Nikon Coolpix A
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Leica X2 Nikon Coolpix A
    Battery Type BP-DC8 EN-EL20
    Battery Life (CIPA)450 shots per charge230 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 124 x 69 x 52 mm
    (4.9 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)
    111 x 64 x 40 mm
    (4.4 x 2.5 x 1.6 in)
    Camera Weight 345 g (12.2 oz) 299 g (10.5 oz)
    Leica X2:
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    Nikon Coolpix A:
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