The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a high-end small camera with a fixed lens that has a full-frame sensor and a 28mm F1.7 Summilux stabilized lens. It has a resolution of 24 megapixels. It was the first full-frame Leica camera to have an autofocus mechanism, and it marked the beginning of a new product line for Leica.
One of the most traditional of traditional camera manufacturers, Leica, has been pretty innovative in recent years, bringing us the luxuriously black medium-format S-series, the full-frame mirrorless SL, and the innovative, stylish (though not particularly likable) Leica T. Leica is known for being one of the most traditional of traditional camera manufacturers.
The Q has a design that is reminiscent of the high-end rangefinders that are part of Leica’s M-series, but it also features a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and an LCD screen that is sensitive to touch. The touchscreen of the Leica Q is basically optional and works in conjunction with a number of conventional (physical) control points, in contrast to the Leica T, where Leica made the touchscreen completely vital to the experience of managing the camera. This blending of traditional and contemporary elements is at the heart of the Q, which deftly integrates manual control with technological aid in its ergonomic design.
The Q’s quick wide-angle lens and full-frame picture sensor are the two elements that stand out as being particularly noteworthy. The results of our testing indicate that when combined, they are capable of producing images of an exceptionally high level of detail. It has also been discovered that shooting with the Q is, simply put, a great deal of fun. Focusing is a joy thanks to the camera’s wonderful mechanical manual focus ring, but if you’d like, you can use the camera’s quick and precise autofocus instead. Controlling the aperture manually and the shutter speed manually both have individual dials, although they may also also be left on the “A” setting to operate automatically. An electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is incorporated into the camera provides a clear and detailed view of the scene that is being captured by the lens. Images may be constructed on the back LCD if desired. Although the Q takes after the Fujifilm X100T in terms of its outside design, the Sony RX1R II is more comparable to it in terms of its underlying philosophy.
Although Leica is recognized for developing cameras that assist photographers in slowing down their process, the Q also has the capability of assisting photographers in speeding up their workflow. Even while collecting photographs in their maximum resolution in DNG format, it is capable of bursts of up to 10 frames per second. The camera is “smart,” providing connectivity through Wi-Fi and NFC, and it comes with a specialized software that allows users to see and take pictures remotely. The video is recorded in 1080p resolution at either 30 or 60 frames per second.
If you find that the range of view captured by the 28 mm lens is too expansive, the digital frame picker function allows you to choose between 35 and 50 mm focal lengths by placing frame markers in the field of vision. When you crop in, the resolution of the image will, of course, decrease. Options such as face detect and touch-to-focus/touch-to-shoot (using the LCD) may be quite useful for street shooters, especially when shooting from the hip. This is especially true with face detect. You always have the option to manually pre-focus using the focus depth scale if that is what you would rather do.
Leica Q (Typ 116) Specifications
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||28mm: 4272 x 2848, 2976 x 1600 x 1200; 35mm: 4800 x 3200, 3424 x 2288, 2384 x 1592, 1280 x 856; 50mm: 3360 x 2240, 2400 x 1600, 1680 x 1120, 896 x 600|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2 slots)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv))|
|Normal focus range||30 cm (11.81″)|
|Macro focus range||17 cm (6.69″)|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual|
|Scene modes||SportPortraitLandscapeNight portraitSnow/beachCandlelightSunsetDigiscopingMiniature effectPanoramaTimelapse|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/500 sec|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 80 x 93 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.66″)|
The Leica Q is the company’s most accessible full-frame camera to date in terms of price. The fixed 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens is excellent, and the camera has a nice 24MP sensor, but it is not the best in its class. The camera has a stunning build quality and a very quick response time. The Leica Q is a fantastic camera that you’ll want to bring around with you in order to chronicle the world that you and others around you are a part of. There are a few software difficulties, and there is some noise banding in pushed Raw files that may be annoying.
- In-camera Wi-Fi.
- A lens with a large aperture that is sharp.
- Full-frame picture sensor.
- 6.7-inch macro mode.
- Fast autofocus.
- Large, sharp EVF.
- Display that responds to touches
- Electronic shutter speed of 1/16,000 seconds
- A burst rate of 10 frames per second.
- Including the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom application.
- 1080p60 video recording.
- The 24 fps video option is not available.
- There is not an internal flash.
- The focus feature of touch screens might be utilized more effectively.