Leica Q2 Review

July 29, 2019 | Gavin Stoker |

Leica Q2 News

The Leica Q2 is a new 47 megapixel full-frame mirrorless compact camera with a 28mm f/1.7 fixed lens, 4K vieo recording, improved battery life, weatherproofing, 20fps burst shooting, Bluetooth connectivity and OLED viewfinder.

The Leica Q2 is on sale from today priced at £4250 / $4,995.

Leica UK Press Release

Meet the Leica Q2: The new generation of the fixed-lens favourite

Wetzlar, 7th March 2019. The cult-favourite Leica Q from Leica Camera has a new addition: the highly anticipated Leica Q2. The new model brings its predecessor into the next generation of compact cameras, setting the benchmark in its field with a 47.3 MP full-frame sensor that delivers 95% more resolution than the previous model, the fastest lens in its class, and a precise and rapid autofocus. The classic, timeless design of the Leica Q, however, remains unadulterated for fans of its iconic look. Retaining its authenticity as the perfect travel companion, the camera is now defended from any weather condition with a dust and water seal. The Leica Q2 is bound to exceed expectations.

The Leica Q2 sets the benchmark for all other full frame compact mirrorless cameras on the market. The new and improved camera is not only perfect for travel photography but in all areas of street, architectural, landscape, and portrait photography too. Its impressive, newly developed 47.3 megapixel full-frame sensor captures both exceptionally detailed photographs and newly added 4K video. Together with its improved battery life and fixed Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, the Leica Q2 delivers exceptional images even in difficult lighting situations.

Both the Leica FOTOS App and the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi mean that sharing your pictures and video to social media is quick and easy. The app can also be used to change the camera’s settings from your smartphone, or even to take a picture remotely. And thanks to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), the camera and paired smartphone stay permanently connected.

The design of the Leica Q embodies the Leica ethos of ‘reduction to the essentials’ and the ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are used in its construction. The distinctive thumb rest of the new Leica Q2 and the sophisticated diamond pattern of its leather trim offers optimum grip and aesthetic design; form and function. In contrast to the Leica Q, and following the design language established by the Leica M10, the new shutter release button of the Q2 solely controls the camera’s On/Off setting, giving users a confident feel and satisfying haptic feedback.

A comprehensive range of optional accessories are available for the Leica Q2 including beautifully crafted, black or brown leather protectors and carrying straps (also available in red and pink for those wanting to add a pop of colour to their Leica). Also launching today, the new and elegant ‘Ettas’ line of soft-coated canvas pouches are available in midnight blue, stone grey and red, with other colour variations to follow. All accessories are functionally designed for easy handling and are manufactured from only the finest materials to ensure reliability and a lifetime of use.

The Leica Q2 is on sale from today at the Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store City and at authorised Leica dealers. RRP of £4,250 including V.A.T.

Further technical notes:

The Leica Q2’s integrated digital zoom function has been extended to 75 mm, giving users even more flexibility in their image composition. And in addition to the uncropped 28 mm focal length of the fixed camera lens, a crop factor can be selected to simulate images created with 35, 50 or 75 mm lenses (the selected crop is displayed as a bright-line frame in the viewfinder and on the rear display panel so it can easily be identified by the user). The Leica Q2 also features a newly developed, high-resolution OLED viewfinder to greatly improve image depth and contrast, which is activated as soon as the camera is brought up to the eye and shows the subject reliably and without any delay.

The autofocus of the Leica Q2 focuses rapidly on the subject in less than 0.15 seconds, making it one of the fastest cameras in its field. Ongoing improvements to the processor from the Maestro II family have enabled a higher sequential shooting rate; with an impressive 10 frames per second at the full resolution of 47.3 MP, you’ll never miss that crucial moment. Brilliant, true-to-life 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.

Additional features to the camera include a practical locking element to select either manual or automatic focusing. The photographer can also simply switch into macro mode, with a close focus distance of 17 cm, via the lens, giving the user quick and reliable solutions to aid creativity and functionality. A redesigned push-button dioptre setting dial on the back of the camera prevents inadvertent shifting of the compensation value.

Leica USA Press Release

Leica Q2: The Highly Anticipated Sequel to a Modern Milestone from Leica Camera

Achieve unparalleled photographic results in the most accessible way with Leica’s latest innovation

March 7, 2019 – Leica Camera raises the bar with the introduction of the Leica Q2 camera. Keeping consumer feedback top of mind following the immensely successful Leica Q, the Leica Q2 offers photographers expanded creative freedom via unprecedented imaging quality, added weather protection, an upgraded viewfinder, supremely precise autofocus and more. The Leica Q2 is the quintessential tool for available light photography, rain or shine, that promises to carry the torch of its predecessor forward to new heights and possibilities without making sacrifices.

Superior Imaging Quality Meets Unmatched Versatility

As with any Leica Camera, exceptional image quality reigns supreme, allowing photographers to consistently capture show-stopping imagery. The new Leica Q2’s full frame sensor is the highest resolution sensor in its class at 47.3 megapixels, offering users more resolution than the original Leica Q, and captures both impeccably detailed still pictures and 4K video. Together with its Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, the Q2 ensures all-around exceptional imaging performance. This top-tier Leica optic guarantees optimum picture quality with exquisite bokeh characteristics in even the most difficult lighting scenarios.

With its high resolving power matched to its high-resolution sensor, the Leica Q2 goes beyond the conventional use cases of a 28 mm focal length via its built-in crop functions for equivalent focal lengths of 35 mm, 50 mm, and the newly available 75 mm – bringing with it more possibilities in the world of portraiture and close-up work. Thanks to the software design ingenuity of Leica engineers, when shooting cropped DNG files the full sensor image is still recorded, allowing photographers to undo or change the crop after the fact.

The Leica Q2 also adds 4K UHD and Cine4K video recording to its arsenal of features, with myriad frame rate options across 4K and 1080p, giving users impressive video recording from such a large sensor on the go to document memories or record short films.

Exceptional Quality and User Handling

The design of the Leica Q2 carries forward the Leica tradition of reduction to the essentials. The ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are employed in its construction. The distinctive thumb rest of the new Leica Q2 and the sophisticated diamond pattern of its leather trim ensure optimum grip and highlight the symbiosis of function and form.

Also new is the camera’s uniquely intuitive handling concept, following refined design language cues established from its brethren in the Leica M10 and Leica CL families – such as the single-stage On/Off switch, simplified three-button interface on the rear of the camera and programmable button within the thumb wheel dial. A new highlight of the Leica Q2 layout is the push-button diopter compensation dial on the back of the camera that locks and prevents accidental changes to the user’s desired setting. Every refinement, both large and small, pushes Leica’s design forward without losing sight of the core philosophy of the camera.

Following in-tune with impeccably intuitive user handling, in combination with the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to quickly and easily share pictures and video via social media.  Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) enables a permanent connection to be established between camera and smartphone, making it possible for user to remotely wake the camera and connect any time when in range.

Make It Your Own With Accessories

A comprehensive and stylish range of optional accessories is also available for the Leica Q2. These include matching camera protector cases and carrying straps in premium-quality classic black and brown leather, and more vibrant versions in red and pink. The elegant new ‘Ettas’ line of soft, coated canvas pouches for various Leica camera models will also be launched at the same time as the Leica Q2. The pouches will initially be available in midnight blue, stone gray and red colorways, with more still to come. The accessory selection also includes technical equipment for the Leica Q2 such as the Leica SF 40, SF 60 flash units, the SF C1 remote flash control unit and an additional add-on thumb rest and handgrip. All accessories are functionally designed for easy handling, perfectly matching the quality and design of the camera and are manufactured from only the finest materials to ensure reliability for a lifetime of use.

An exhibition of Leica Q2 photography is on view at the Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York City for a limited engagement of 24-hours on March 7th featuring the works of Hiram Garcia, President of Production of Seven Bucks Production and film/television producer. The series, titled ‘Behind the Seen’, is a diverse collection of images that strive to highlight the beauty and intrigue of the movie industry and marks Garcia’s debut photographic gallery exhibition.  Garcia’s ‘Behind the Seen’ is the first and only exhibition worldwide shot exclusively on the new Leica Q2 camera.

“‘Behind the Seen’ is a diverse collection of images that showcase a slice of my production life through a short period of time. I curated imagery from the work on-set of my current project as well as included glimpses into the other aspects of where my career spills over. Whether it be promotional stunts for projects currently in theaters or something as simple as rehearsing for upcoming scenes, I wanted to showcase the beauty and intrigue I see within the industry I work in. This is a brief snapshot of what I SEE on a daily basis,” said Garcia.

The Leica Q2 is on sale beginning today at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers. The camera will be sold in black paint finish for $4,995.

Technical Data                                                       Leica Q2

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 stabilization:                                               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 CMOS sensor, 50.4/47.3 million pixels (total/effective)

Dynamic range:                                                      13 stops

Color depth:                                                            14-bit

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

DNG/JPEG resolution:

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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 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000

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

Color spaces:                                                          sRGB / Adobe RGB / ECI RGB V.2.0

JPG settings:                                                           Standard, vivid, natural, monochrome, high-contrast monochrome, all with further settings for contrast, saturation and sharpness in 5 steps

Focusing

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 colors 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:                                                   Program 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, center-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 synchronization 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 colors (= 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:                                                                    718 g / 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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