The Leica Q2 is a full-frame, fixed-lens camera that comes equipped with a brand-new 47.3-megapixel sensor as well as a crisp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. It takes the place of the immensely successful first generation Leica Q (Typ 116), which was introduced in 2015 and is designed to resemble a classic Leica M rangefinder.
The Q2 is virtually indistinguishable from its predecessor in terms of its outward appearance; however, significant advancements have been made within the device itself, including the addition of weather-sealing, improved battery life, a new processor, and a significantly upgraded electronic viewfinder. The number of individual pixels has also almost doubled.
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The native ISO on the 47.3-megapixel sensor of the Leica Q2 is 50, whereas it was 100 on the sensor of the original Leica Q. While compared to its predecessor, this results in an increased dynamic range when shooting in Raw.
In addition to this, the new sensor enables an extra ‘digital frame selection’ option of 75mm, which crops the image. The Q2 has crop settings that are equivalent to 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm, each of which results in file sizes of 30MP, 15MP, and 6.6MP, respectively. When you shoot in these settings using Raw+JPEG, the JPEG will be cropped, and the Raw file will provide a cropped preview, but it will save a file with the full 47MP resolution.
The original Q had four back buttons, but the Q2 only has two of them. Both the video button and the drive mode choice that was formerly located on the power switch have been removed from the top plate. On the other hand, an extra customized button can be found in the middle of the top plate control wheel. The settings for the camera’s three buttons can be changed individually. The Leica CL’s controls are virtually indistinguishable from those of this camera.
According to Leica, improved weather sealing was the feature that customers wanted to see added to the Q the most. It is not easy to make such a significant improvement while retaining the same basic shape and dimensions for the most part. But Leica went ahead and accomplished it anyhow; the Q2 has a weather and dust sealing rating of IP52. You may learn more about Internet Protocol ratings on this page.
Although both the Q and the Q2 have electronic viewfinders with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels, the display on the Q was of the field sequential kind and could only show 1.04 million dots at any same time. This is due to the fact that it alternates between the colors red, green, and blue, which also causes it to be prone to presenting rainbow patterns if the camera is panning or if you blink while it is refreshing. Because the upgraded OLED display on the Q2 does not have this problem, it gives the impression of having a considerably greater resolution than the display on its predecessor did. Additionally, sharpness and contrast have been enhanced, and the electronic viewfinder (EVF) of the Q2 is somewhat expanded with a magnification of 0.76x. In addition, using the eye sensor to switch between the LCD and EVF has been made significantly faster, and the sensitivity of the automated sensor can now be customized.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has been improved, and the battery has been upgraded to the BP-SCL4 model, which has a bigger capacity and is also found in the Leica SL. Because of this, the battery life of the Q2 is increased by 30 percent in comparison to that of the Q. In reference to the batteries, the door for the card and the door for the batteries have been split.
Even while a camera with a fixed lens might not be your first option for video work, the Q2’s quick stabilized lens, 4K capture (at 24 or 30 frames per second), and other features make it more than suitable for capturing the occasional clip. In addition to that, it is capable of recording in 1080p at 120 frames per second. However, there are no ports of any type on this camera, so you won’t be able to use headphones or a microphone with it.
As its way of establishing a connection to Wi-Fi, the Q2 forgoes the use of NFC in favor of connecting through low-power Bluetooth. With Bluetooth, the camera should be able to maintain its connection to the majority of devices without requiring continual re-pairing. It, as with all other modern Leicas, is compatible with the Leica Fotos app.
The camera’s leaf shutter has been overhauled, and it now has a peak flash sync speed of 1/2000 sec, compared to the Q’s top speed of 1/500 sec. Additionally, the top speed of the electronic shutter has increased to an astounding 1/40,000 sec, compared to the Q’s top speed of 1/16,000 sec.
A new Auto OIS mode will not activate the image stabilization until the shutter speed is 1/60 second or below. We anticipate that this option will assist preserve battery life and avoid any chance of IS affecting the image quality. However, with 47.3 megapixels available, you may find that you need to have OIS active at somewhat quicker shutter speeds as well in order to achieve crucial sharpness.
Leica Q2 Specifications
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||8368 x 5584|
|Other resolutions||28mm: 6000 x 4000, 4272 x 2848 | 35mm: 6704 x 4472, 4800 x 3200, 3424 x 2288 | 50mm: 4688 x 3128, 3360 x 2240, 2400 x 1600 | 75mm: 3136 x 2096, 2240 x 1496, 1600 x 1072|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||47 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||50 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|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousTouchLive View|
|Digital zoom||Yes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv), 2x (75mm))|
|Normal focus range||30 cm (11.81″)|
|Macro focus range||17 cm (6.69″)|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/40000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual|
|Scene modes||SportPortraitLandscapeNight portraitSnow/beachFireworksCandlelightSunsetDigiscopingMiniature effectPanorama|
|External flash||Yes (via hotshoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/2000 sec|
|Continuous drive||20.0 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)|
|Wireless notes||WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (IP52 rated)|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 80 x 92 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.62″)|
The Leica Q2 is an almost perfect example of how capable a digital camera with a fixed lens can be. It is a pleasure to use and possesses superior capabilities in terms of both image quality and handling, in addition to having a solid construction. However, the Raw files are of very high quality, so we hope that Leica will improve the JPEGs in the future. There is a cost associated with all of this, of course, but the Q2 is truly a great and interesting piece of photographic equipment that will appeal to photographers of all stripes.
- Up to 20 frames per second capture.
- Big, crisp EVF.
- 4K video.
- Optical stabilization.
- Quick, precise autofocus.
- Protection against the elements with IP52.
- Bright and razor-sharp lens
- Image sensor with a high resolution and a complete frame.
- No gimmicks.
- Does not keep track of subjects even at the highest possible burst rate.