Leica Q (Typ 116) Review

June 23, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |
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Specifications

Picture format/
aspect ratio
24 x 36 mm.
2:3.
Lens Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH., 11 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements.
Digital frame selector
(digital zoom)
Selectable: approx. 1.25 x (corresponds to focal length of 35 mm) or
approx. 1.8 x (corresponds to focal length of 50 mm).
Image stabilization Optical compensation system for photo and video recordings.
Aperture range 1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3 EV increments.
Picture sensor/
resolution
CMOS sensor, 26.3/24.2 million pixels (total/effective).
Dynamic range 13 aperture stops.
Color depth 14 bit.
Photo capture format Selectable: DNG + JPEG, JPEG.
DNG/JPEG resolution Focal length 28 mm: megapixels (6000 × 4000 pixels), megapixels (4272 × 2848 pixels),
megapixels (2976 × 1984 pixels), megapixels (1600 × 1080 pixels).
Focal length 35 mm: megapixels (4800 × 3200 pixels), megapixels (3424 × 2288 pixels),
megapixels (2384 × 1592 pixels), megapixels (1280 × 856 pixels).
Focal length 50 mm: megapixels (3360 × 2240 pixels), megapixels (2400 × 1600 pixels),
megapixels (1680 × 1120 pixels), megapixels (896 × 600 pixels).
Video recording format MP4.
Video resolution/
frame rate
Selectable:
FHD: 1920 x 1080 p with 60 or 30 fps. HD: 1280 x 720 p with 30 fps.
Sound recording format AAC.
Microphone Stereo.
Lautsprecher Mono.
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, multimedia cards, speed class: UHS-1.
ISO range Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000.
White balance Automatic, default settings for: daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings with
measuring, manual color temperature setting.
Color space Selectable for photos: sRGB, Adobe® RGB, ECI RGB, for videos: sRGB.
Sharpness/saturation/
contrast
Each selectable in 5 steps, also available as option in saturation .
Focusing range 30 cm to ∞, with macro setting from 17 cm.
Focus setting Automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing, option of magnifying function and edge marking (focus peaking)
available for manual setting.
Autofocus system Contrast-based autofocus system.
Autofocus modes AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), AFC (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be
saved.
Autofocus metering
methods
Single zone (adjustable), multi-field (49 zones), face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release
by touching the monitor.
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting.
Scene modes Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping,
miniature effect, panorama, time lapse.
Exposure metering
methods
Multi-field, center-weighted, spot.
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments.
Automatic bracketing Three exposures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3 EV increments.
Shutter type Mechanical and electronical.
Shutter speeds 30 s to 1⁄2000 s with mech. Shutter 1⁄2500 s to 1⁄16000 s with electr. shutter, in 1⁄3 increments,
flash synchronization up to 1⁄500 s.
Picture series Selectable: 10/5/3 fps (H/M/L).
Self-timer Delay time either 2 s or 12 s.
Viewfinder Electronic LCOS display, resolution: 1280 × 960 pixels x 3 colors (=3,68 MP), aspect ratio: 4:3,
eyepiece: ±3 diopters, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor.
Monitor 3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 1,040,000 pixels, touch control possible.
WLAN Satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11,
encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/ WPA2™, access method: infrastructure mode.
NFC According to JIS X 6319-4 standard/13.56 MHz.
Connections Micro USB socket (2.0), HDMI socket.
Power supply Leica BP-DC12 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V DC, capacity: 1200 mAh.
Charger Leica BC-DC12, input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching, output: 8.4 V DC; 0.65 A.
Body Leica design made completely of extremely light magnesium and aluminum, two eyelets for the carrying strap,
ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts to connect flash units, such as the Leica SF26.
Lens filter thread E49.
Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4").
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 130 × 80 × 93 mm (5.12 × 3.15 × 3.66 in)
Weight Approx. 590/640 g / 20.8/22.6 oz. (without/with battery).
Scope of delivery Camera, carrying strap, lens hood, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, battery, charger,
power cable (EU, US, local power cable), USB cable.
Software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free download after registration of the camera), Leica App for iOS®
(free download remote control and picture transfer in Apple® App-Store®/Google® Play Store®).
Selectable: approx. 1.25 x (corresponds to focal length of 35 mm) or
approx. 1.8 x (corresponds to focal length of 50 mm).
Image stabilization Optical compensation system for photo and video recordings.
Aperture range 1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3 EV increments.
Picture sensor/
resolution
CMOS sensor, 26.3/24.2 million pixels (total/effective).
Dynamic range 13 aperture stops.
Color depth 14 bit.
Photo capture format Selectable: DNG + JPEG, JPEG.
DNG/JPEG resolution Focal length 28 mm: megapixels (6000 × 4000 pixels), megapixels (4272 × 2848 pixels),
megapixels (2976 × 1984 pixels), megapixels (1600 × 1080 pixels).
Focal length 35 mm: megapixels (4800 × 3200 pixels), megapixels (3424 × 2288 pixels),
megapixels (2384 × 1592 pixels), megapixels (1280 × 856 pixels).
Focal length 50 mm: megapixels (3360 × 2240 pixels), megapixels (2400 × 1600 pixels),
megapixels (1680 × 1120 pixels), megapixels (896 × 600 pixels).
Video recording format MP4.
Video resolution/
frame rate
Selectable:
FHD: 1920 x 1080 p with 60 or 30 fps. HD: 1280 x 720 p with 30 fps.
Sound recording format AAC.
Microphone Stereo.
Lautsprecher Mono.
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, multimedia cards, speed class: UHS-1.
ISO range Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000.
White balance Automatic, default settings for: daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings with
measuring, manual color temperature setting.
Color space Selectable for photos: sRGB, Adobe® RGB, ECI RGB, for videos: sRGB.
Sharpness/saturation/
contrast
Each selectable in 5 steps, also available as option in saturation .
Focusing range 30 cm to ∞, with macro setting from 17 cm.
Focus setting Automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing, option of magnifying function and edge marking (focus peaking)
available for manual setting.
Autofocus system Contrast-based autofocus system.
Autofocus modes AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), AFC (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be
saved.
Autofocus metering
methods
Single zone (adjustable), multi-field (49 zones), face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release
by touching the monitor.
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting.
Scene modes Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping,
miniature effect, panorama, time lapse.
Exposure metering
methods
Multi-field, center-weighted, spot.
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments.
Automatic bracketing Three exposures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3 EV increments.
Shutter type Mechanical and electronical.
Shutter speeds 30 s to 1⁄2000 s with mech. Shutter 1⁄2500 s to 1⁄16000 s with electr. shutter, in 1⁄3 increments,
flash synchronization up to 1⁄500 s.
Picture series Selectable: 10/5/3 fps (H/M/L).
Self-timer Delay time either 2 s or 12 s.
Viewfinder Electronic LCOS display, resolution: 1280 × 960 pixels x 3 colors (=3,68 MP), aspect ratio: 4:3,
eyepiece: ±3 diopters, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor.
Monitor 3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 1,040,000 pixels, touch control possible.
WLAN Satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11,
encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/ WPA2™, access method: infrastructure mode.
NFC According to JIS X 6319-4 standard/13.56 MHz.
Connections Micro USB socket (2.0), HDMI socket.
Power supply Leica BP-DC12 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V DC, capacity: 1200 mAh.
Charger Leica BC-DC12, input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching, output: 8.4 V DC; 0.65 A.
Body Leica design made completely of extremely light magnesium and aluminum, two eyelets for the carrying strap,
ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts to connect flash units, such as the Leica SF26.
Lens filter thread E49.
Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4").
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 130 × 80 × 93 mm (5.12 × 3.15 × 3.66 in)
Weight Approx. 590/640 g / 20.8/22.6 oz. (without/with battery).
Scope of delivery Camera, carrying strap, lens hood, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, battery, charger,
power cable (EU, US, local power cable), USB cable.
Software Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free download after registration of the camera), Leica App for iOS®
(free download remote control and picture transfer in Apple® App-Store®/Google® Play Store®).