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Leica's X2 with designer flare (pictures)

At Photokina, Leica debuted a new version of its compact X2 camera -- but this one has some designer flair from Paul Smith. Only 1,500 will be built.

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The Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith comes with green leather, an orange top, and fluorescent yellow bottom. It's also got a 16-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor and a $2,750 price tag.
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Atop the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith is a "doodle" of a light bulb signifying where the pop-up flash is housed. A total of 1,500 of the cameras will be built.
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The Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith that debuted at Photokina has a Leica 24mm f2.8 lens and a pop-up flash.
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Underneath the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith camera is a decidedly more prosaic battery and flash card slot.
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Tired of buttons with obscure icons to describe their functions? The Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith uses actual letters. That might not translate well into all languages, though.
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The Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith that debuted at Photokina comes with manual dials on top for adjusting aperture and shutter speed.

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