Leica Q2 Review

July 29, 2019 | Gavin Stoker |

Leica Q2 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.

You can shoot with this camera in full auto until you feel more confident about starting to experiment with manual and user settings yourself. We enjoyed the ability to be able to switch to macro mode with a brief twist of the lens barrel should the subject and opportunity present itself – though it should be noted that if you choose the maximum f/1.7 aperture in conjunction with macro you get a really – and we mean really – narrow depth of field, with only a teeny portion of the image sharply in focus, with the result that some care is needed to ensure that the small portion of the image you actually want in focus is the correct portion.

The resolution on the Leica Q2 is so high, and the lens quality seemingly so good and sharp, that if you are to take portraits with the Q2 they can be fairly unforgiving, picking up every stray hair and facial blemish you’d care to imagine. Of course if it’s literally ‘warts and all’ reportage is what you’re after then that’s fine. We enjoyed trying out the Film Style options provided in the menus here – Standard (our default fall back), Vivide, Natural, Monochrome and Monochrome HC (High Contrast). The latter gives an attractive bit of visual ‘bite’ to black and white images.

People often talk about Leica images having their own look and feel, and between the creamy-ness of the ‘bokeh’ and the high resolution this combination of lens and sensor delivers, they certainly stand out. At the London launch of this camera back in the spring, its manufacturer mentioned that the Q2 might be an option for influencers wanting their Instagram shots to stand out from the crowd. That’s perhaps true – although how many influencers would spend the price of a decent second hand car on a camera to achieve that is open to question, certainly.

In terms of low light photography the Leica Q2 is pretty good. With Auto ISO an option (choosing from ISO200 to ISO50000), the manually selectable light sensitivity range extends from ISO50 to ISO50000, which, given that we have a maximum f/1.7 aperture to also play with, is very pleasing indeed. It was only really at the top ISO25000 and ISO50000 settings the images were starting to fall apart for us.

Noise

There are 10 ISO settings available on the Leica Q2. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

JPEG RAW

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25000 (100% Crop)

ISO 25000 (100% Crop)

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ISO 50000 (100% Crop)

ISO 50000 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Leica Q2's lens provides a focal length of 28mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

28mm

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Macro

The Leica Q2 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 17cms away from the camera.

Macro

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Night

The Leica Q2's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds in the Manual mode, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography.

Night

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