Leica Q2

47MP full-frame CMOS sensor | 28mm F1.7 lens | 3.68M-dot OLED EVF

What we like:

  • Stabilized, incredibly sharp lens
  • Excellent Raw image quality
  • Weather-sealed mag-alloy body

What we don't:

  • Flat, unattractive JPEG color
  • Distracting 'flutter' in EVF when using continuous AF
  • No ports
The Leica Q2 is a high-end, fixed-lens camera with a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 lens and 47.3MP sensor. It's both well-built and enjoyable to to shoot with; the addition of weather and dust sealing, and an improved electronic viewfinder only add to its appeal.
The Q2's magnesium alloy body feels solid in the hand and the design puts an emphasis on direct, manual control. There are only two custom buttons but they can swap between multiple functions, for fast, simple operation. An AF joystick and touchscreen allow quick AF point placement. And the camera's OLED EVF is a pleasure to compose with, except in AF-C, when focus 'fluttering' can prove distracting.
The combination of a good sensor and excellent lens makes for impressive image quality
The Q2's contrast-detect autofocus is both fast and accurate when shooting in AF-S. However AF tracking is not all that reliable. The leaf shutter extends to 1/2000 sec with flash sync capabilities, while the electronic shutter can reach 1/40000 sec. Top burst speed is 20 fps, but with a very limited buffer. Battery life is improved over its predecessor and more than adequate enough for a day out shooting.
Raw image quality is very good. The camera's 47.3MP sensor captures large amounts of detail, however high ISO RAW files are noisier than the best modern sensors. JPEGs from the Q2 are disappointing, with unsaturated colors and low contrast.
The Q2 can shoot stabilized 4K and Full HD/120p video for slow motion clips. Users can manually pull focus or tap the touchscreen to focus. However there are no ports to plug in a microphone, headphone, or HDMI cables. Control over video shooting is very limited.
Ultimately, the Q2 is perhaps the easiest-to-justify Leica camera, based on its price tag alone. It's also one of the most enjoyable fixed-lens cameras on the market to shoot with and capable of exceptional Raw image quality. The addition of a higher-res sensor and EVF, along with weather-sealing make it a worthwhile upgrade over its predecessor.

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