Leica Q2 review
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.
- 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 / €4790.
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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.
Body and controls
How's it feel in hand? How's the new electronic viewfinder? Find out here.
We've been shooting around with the Leica Q2 – here are our initial thoughts based on that time.
The sensor in the Leica Q2 looks pretty impressive, but we're still not fans of the low-contrast, low-saturation JPEGs.
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.
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.
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.
Puppies and landscapes and portraits, oh my! Check out our full sample image gallery for out-of-camera JPEGs and Raw conversions.
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.
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