Leica Q2 Monochrom Full-frame Black and White Compact Camera

November 10, 2020 | Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera | Comment |

The new Leica Q2 Monochrom is the only full-frame compact camera with a dedicated black and white sensor. It features a newly developed full-frame 47.3 megapixel monochrome sensor, 4K video mode, fast 28mm F1.7 Summilux prime lens, precise autofocus and 3.68mp OLED viewfinder technology.

Other key features include up to ISO 100,000, IP52 weather-sealing, 17cm close focusing mode for macro, a discrete matt-black design with no red-dot logo, and 13 stops of dynamic range (2 more than the standard Leica Q2).

The Leica Q2 Monochrom goes on sale from today priced at £4,995 body only.

Leica Press Release

Wetzlar, 10th November 2020. Leica Camera is delighted to present a new addition to the ‘Q’ family, the Leica Q2 Monochrom. The first monochrome only camera from the ‘Q’ range. With a newly developed full-frame 47.3 megapixel monochrome sensor, fast 28mm prime lens, precise autofocus and OLED viewfinder technology, the Leica Q2 Monochrom continues with the performance of the Leica Q2 while defining new standards in black & white photography.

With matte black paint and grey and white engravings, the design of the camera is sleek and minimal with MONOCHROM lettering on the top. This is complemented by a unique, intuitive operating concept, with a specially adapted menu for the unique features of a black and white only camera. All colour settings for image and video recording have been omitted and the menu has only been supplemented with filter settings monochrome images (blue, sepia, selenium).

The ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are employed in its construction. The Q2 Monochrom is constructed in Germany by Leica’s highly qualified specialists renowned for their quality, precision and perfection. This ensures the camera performs with the utmost precision whilst remaining robust enough for all types of adventures. Like the Leica Q2, the Q2 Monochrom comes with a protective seal against dust and water spray complying to the IP52 Standard.

In addition to capturing beautiful images with the exclusively developed full-frame monochrome sensor, the range of creative options has been expanded with a new 4K video mode. Brilliant, black and white video recordings can be made with 3840 x 2160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps or, alternatively, in the familiar full HD format with 120, 60, 30 or 24 frames per second. In addition, the fast aperture of f/1.7 ensures perfect picture quality in even the most difficult lighting situations.

The impressive autofocus system of the Leica Q2 Monochrom locks precisely on the subject in less than 0.15 seconds, making it one of the fastest cameras in its class. The further improved Maestro processor enables a high sequential shooting rate with an impressive 10 frames per second at the full resolution to ensure that the truly wonderful moments in life will never be missed. When using the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to quickly and easily share pictures via social media, or change numerous camera settings from a smartphone including remote control the shutter release.

Thanks to the extension of the integrated digital zoom function together with the Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, users now enjoy even more flexibility for composing their pictures. In addition to the uncropped 28mm focal length of the camera lens, a crop factor can be chosen to simulate exposures made with focal lengths of 35, 50 or 75mm. The selected crop is displayed as a bright-line frame in the viewfinder and on the rear display panel. The cropped image from the selected framing is saved in JPEG format with correspondingly reduced resolutions of 47.3, 30, 14.7, or 6.6 megapixels. The uncropped image is always saved simultaneously as a DNG file with the full resolution of 47.3 megapixels.

The Leica Q2 Monochrom features an OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels to provide complete control and considerably improved image depth and higher contrast. The viewfinder is activated as soon as the camera is brought up to the eye and shows the image reliably and without any perceptible delay.

The Leica Q2 Monochrom is on sale from today at Leica Stores and authorised Leica dealers priced at £4,995.


Camera type: 35 mm digital compact camera, fixed prime lens

Format / aspect ratio: 24 x 36 mm / 3:2

Lens: Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH.,

11 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements

Digital zoom: 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm

Image stabilisation: Optical shake compensation system for still picture and video exposures

Aperture range: 1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3 EV increments

Image sensor/resolution: Full frame monochrome CMOS sensor, 50.4/47.3 million pixels (total/effective)

Dynamic range: 13 stops at base ISO 200

Colour depth: 14-bit

Photo file formats: Selectable: DNG, DNG + JPEG, JPEG. DNG/JPEG resolution:

Video recording formats: MP4 (C4K/4K/Full HD)

Video resolution/frame rate: 4K: 30 or 24 fps. C4K: 24 fps. Full HD 24, 30, 60 or 120 fps

Audio recording format: AAC

Microphone: Stereo

Speaker: Mono

Storage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards Recommended: UHS II memory cards

ISO settings: Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800,

ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000, ISO 100000

White balance: Automatic, presets for: daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, electronic flash, grey card, manual colour temperature selection

Colour spaces: sRGB

JPG settings: Contrast, sharpness (in 5 steps each) Tint: sepia, blue, selen (high/low/off)


Working range: 30 cm to ∞, close focus distance 17 cm in macro mode

Settings: Automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing. Loupe function and edge highlighting (focus peaking) in four colours available as focusing aids in manual focusing mode.

Autofocus modes: AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), AFC (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be saved.

Autofocus metering modes: Single field (moveable metering point), multi- field (49 fields), face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release by touching the monitor screen.

Exposure modes: Programme AE, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting

Scene modes: Automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature effect, panorama and HDR

Exposure metering modes: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure compensation: ± 3 EV in 1/3-EV increments

Automatic exposure bracketing: 3 or 5 exposures in steps of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3 EV increments

Shutter type: Choice of mechanical, electronic or hybrid

Shutter speeds: 60 s to 1⁄2000 s with mechanical shutter, 1 s to 1⁄40000 s with electronic shutter, in 1/3 increments,

Flash synchronisation up to 1⁄500 s, linear flash with all shutter speeds faster than 1⁄500 s (with HSS-capable SCA 3002 flash units).

Continuous shooting: Choice of 10/5/3 fps (H/M/L)

Self-timer delay: 2 or 12 seconds

OLED viewfinder: Resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels x 3 colours (=3.68 megapixels). Viewfinder image: approx. 100%, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye-relief: 21 mm. Adjustable between -4 and +3 dioptres, with eye-sensor for switching between viewfinder and monitor screen

Monitor screen: 3" TFT LCD monitor screen with approx. 1,040,000 image dots, touch control capability

WLAN: IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant (standard WLAN protocol), channels 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/WPA2™ encryption; access mode: infrastructure mode

Bluetooth: Bluetooth LE

Power supply: Leica BP-SCL4 lithium-ion battery, rated voltage: 7.2V, capacity: 1860 mAh

Charger: Rated voltage 8.4 V; capacity at least 1860 mAh (according to CIPA standard): ca. 400 exposures; charging time: approx. 180 min.; battery charger: 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.25 A, with adapters

Exposures per battery charge: Approx. 370

Body: Robust, lightweight magnesium alloy construction

Lens filter thread: E49

Tripod bush: A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4" thread).

Dimensions (W x H x D): 130 mm x 80 mm x 91.9 mm

Weight: 734g / 637 g (with / without battery)

Package includes: Camera, carrying strap, lens hood, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, battery charger, mains power cable (EU, US, local power cable), USB cable.

Software: Leica FOTOS App

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