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The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera sporting a new 47.3MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. It's styled like a traditional Leica M rangefinder and replaces the hugely popular original Leica Q (Typ 116), launched in 2015.

The Q2 looks essentially the same as its predecessor, but under the hood notable improvements have been made including the addition of weather-sealing, better battery life, a new processor and a much-improved electronic viewfinder. Pixel count has also nearly doubled.

Key Specifications:

  • 47.3MP full-frame sensor
  • 28mm F1.7 Summilux stabilized lens
  • 3.68MP OLED EVF with 0.76x magnification
  • 3" fixed touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • Fast autofocus and smoothly damped manual focus ring
  • Native ISO range of 50-50,000
  • 4K video capture
  • Leaf shutter up to 1/2000 sec
  • E-shutter up to 1/40,000 sec
  • IP52 rated dust and water resistant
  • Magnesium-alloy body
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Improved battery life

While the Q2 replaces the original Q in Leica's lineup, the Leica Q-P - a 'stealthy' version of the Leica Q - will remain available. The Leica Q2 sells for a recommended price of $4995 / £4250 / €3990.

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What's new and how it compares

The Q2 and original Q look pretty similar, but there are a lot of upgrades under the hood. Here's the nitty gritty.

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Body and controls

How's it feel in hand? How's the new electronic viewfinder? Find out here.

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First impressions

We've been shooting around with the Leica Q2 – here are our initial thoughts based on that time.

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Image Quality

The sensor in the Leica Q2 looks pretty impressive, but we're still not fans of the low-contrast, low-saturation JPEGs.

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Lens performance

The Q2's lens includes digital corrections as part of its design. We found little to worry about: the lens is as wide and sharp as the JPEGs make it look.

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Autofocus and Video

The Q2 has surprisingly good video specs, but the lack of control holds it back a little. Autofocus is fit for purpose.

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Conclusion

The sheer cost makes it difficult to be completely objective about the Q2. But by Leica's standards, we think it's a comparatively rational choice.

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Sample gallery

Puppies and landscapes and portraits, oh my! Check out our full sample image gallery for out-of-camera JPEGs and Raw conversions.

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Is the Leica Q2 right for you? [Separate Article]

We take a closer examination at how well-suited the Q2 is for a variety of common photography use cases.