Leica Q (Typ 116)

Announced Jun 10, 2015 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 mm
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Announced Jun 10, 2015
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The Leica Q is a high-end full-frame enthusiast compact with a 24MP CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter. It features a 28mm F1.7 ASPH lens with aperture and manual focus rings, as well as a clever distance guide that slides into place when in macro mode. The minimum focus distance the lens is a mere 17cm. One of the highlights of the camera is its 3.68 million dot electronic viewfinder which, as of its announcement, is the highest resolution EVF on the market. There's also a 3" touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots available. Both the EVF and LCD have framing guides for shooting at 35mm or 50mm. Other features include 1080/60p video recording, 10 fps continuous shooting, and built-in Wi-Fi. Being a Leica, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the body (made in Germany) is machined from a solid block of aluminum.

Quick specs
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-50000
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Max aperture F1.7
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS None

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Our review

The Leica Q is the most affordable full-frame Leica camera to date. Its 24MP sensor is good though not class-leading, and the fixed 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens is superb. The camera is built beautifully and responds rapidly. With the exception of a few software issues and some troublesome noise banding in pushed Raw files, the Leica Q is an excellent camera that you'll want to bring along for documenting the world around you.

Good for: Street shooters, photojournalists, event photographers and world travelers who appreciate a well-built camera with good external controls and like the 28mm focal length.

Not so good for: Peak action and video shooters, photographers who need ultimate dynamic range flexibility and photographers on a budget.

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Leica Q Real-world sample gallery
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Leica Q Real World Samples Gallery (Pre-production)
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