Leica cameras are not without their critics, especially when it comes to pricing (which admittedly can be absolutely absurd at times), but the company's point-and-shoots are more affordable. Of course you'll still pay a significant premium for the Leica name, but if you have the cash to spare, there are some very capable cameras to choose from, including the latest X model we met at Photokina today. Like its predecessor, the X sports a large 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor (the same size you'll find in most DSLRs), paired with a fixed 23mm f/1.7 lens, which provides a field of view equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera.
The X is awfully sharp looking, and it's very lightweight as well. You can shoot JPEG and RAW stills, along with 1080/30p video. There's a crisp 3-inch LCD with a very wide viewing angle (helpful, considering it doesn't pop out or tilt), and you can add on an EVF if you'd like. There's a 5 frames-per-second consecutive shooting mode and a top sensitivity of ISO 12,500. The Leica X is shipping now for €1,850 in Europe or $2,295 in the US in brown with silver accents or with an all-black finish.
Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.