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(Pocket-lint) - The Leica X2 supplants 2009's X1 as the German company's premium APS-C compact camera. It offers a fixed 24mm (36mm in 35mm terms) Leica Elmarit f/2.8 lens.

The body, which is pretty large at 124 x 69 x 51.5mm, reflects classic Leica design lines, and offers a metal construction finished with leather trim. We're keen on the chunky top-plate dials and pleased the round pop-up flash found on the X1 has been retained.

Internally the Leica X2 is based on a 16.5-megapixel CMOS sensor (16.2 effective), in the APS-C format. This sensor size is typically found in DSLR cameras, only recently creeping into compact models like the Canon G1 X.

There is a new 11-point autofocus system in place which promises to be near silent, the ISO range runs all the way up to 12500 and you get continuous shooting at up to 5fps.

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There's a range of shooting modes on offer, from full manual through to auto, with film modes offered to add a touch of difference to your shots. Around the back of the Leica X2 is a 2.7-inch 230k-dot display. 

There is a hot shoe which will accommodate the Leica SF 24D or SF 58 flash, if you need more light, but more interestingly you'll be able to get an electronic viewfinder (£360) or a 36mm Bright Live viewfinder (£269). As always, there will be a range leather cases available.

The Leica X2 will be available in black or silver finishes and will set you back £1,575. It will be available from May 2012. 

Included in the price you'll get a download of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (£100).

Writing by Chris Hall. Originally published on 16 April 2013.