Leica Q2 Monochrom Review

December 22, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 47 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 17Mb.

Noise

There are 10 ISO settings available on the Leica Q2 Monochom ranging from ISO 100-100000. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and Raw files.

It produces noise-free images from ISO 100 all the way up to 6400, with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 12500. At ISO 25000 there is quite visible noise and loss of fine detail, and the fastest settings of ISO 50000 and especially ISO 10000 are even noisier, but still usable for small prints and web use.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100

ISO 100

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ISO 200

ISO 200

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ISO 400

ISO 400

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ISO 800

ISO 800

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ISO 1600

ISO 1600

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ISO 3200

ISO 3200

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ISO 6400

ISO 6400

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ISO 12500

ISO 12500

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ISO 25000

ISO 25000

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ISO 50000

ISO 50000

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ISO 100000

ISO 100000

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Focal Range

The Leica Q2 Monochom's fixed lens provides a focal length of 28mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below. The crop mode provides three further focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm and 75mm, achieved by cropping into the full-size image.

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28mm
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35mm
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50mm
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75mm

Distortion

There's very little barrel distortion evident at all in the RAW files - the Leica Q2 Monochrom automatically and successfully applies corrections to the JPG files.

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Macro

The Leica Q2 Monochom offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 17cms away from the camera. Note that the maximum aperture is f/2.8 in this mode.

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Toning

There are three different toning options for subtly altering the look of your in-camera images - Blue, Sepia and Selenium - with two strengths available for each, Weak and Strong.

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Off
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Blue - Weak
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Blue - Strong
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Sepia - Weak
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Sepia - Strong
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Selenium - Weak
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Selenium - Strong

Night

The Leica Q2 Monochom's maximum shutter speed is 120 seconds and there's a T setting for even longer exposures, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography.

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