Leica Q2 Full Review - Performance

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Leica Q2 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Leica Q2 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The default settings give images that are quite life-like, which means images can look at little dull, and lacking in colour, in comparison to photos we're used to seeing, and when editing photos you may want to increase the saturation to compensate for this. We found we preferred the results possible by converting the raw (AdobeDNG) images to JPEG.  

In a lot of situations, on auto settings, we found we needed to use exposure compensation in order to avoid over-exposed images, and this was even more apparent in challenging shooting conditions. Using the raw files, it was easy to recover any lost highlights.

The camera delivers very sharp photos. Portrait photos are very sharp, with plenty of detail, and 47 megapixels isn't going to be particularly flattering for portraits, nor is the 28mm wide-angle view. There is no built-in flash. However, for street photography, the wide-angle of view may be just what you're looking for. 

 

Leica Q2 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The lens gives extremely sharp detailed images, with excellent levels of detail, even into the corners of the frame. In fact, the level of sharpness provided by the camera may be too much for some, and you may even want to turn the sharpness setting down. Shooting with the sun in the frame it was possible to induce lens flare, however, a slight reframe could easily resolve this. Bokeh is smooth and clean.

We struggled to spot any vignetting in shots, with this being automatically corrected in-camera (and in raw files). We didn't spot any purple fringing or chromatic aberration. Raw files are saved as AdobeDNG and are 82MB in size. 

The "zoom" gives you a crop of the image, resulting in a reduced image, with the 75mm crop giving a 6.5mp image, so you may want to avoid this one:

  • 35mm crop: 29mp
  • 50mm crop: 14.6mp
  • 75mm crop: 6.5mp

The optical image stabilisation (OIS) helps in low light conditions, and when a slower shutter speed is being used, however, care may still need to be exercised to ensure all your shots are sharp, as it can't compensate for all situations, and with a high-resolution sensor any slight shake will be visible. 

 

Leica Q2 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Using ISO50, the lowest ISO speed results in an image with less dynamic range. Noise remains low, and detail remains very high up to and including ISO800. Detail drops slightly at ISO1600 and drops further at ISO3200. As the ISO speed increases, above ISO3200, noise increases, however, the noise presents itself with the appearance of a film-like grain. Noise becomes stronger at ISO12500, although results may still be useful. At ISO25000, the noise becomes stronger, and it's at this point you may want to process the image to reduce noise further or use the image resized (to reduce the visibility of noise). ISO50000 is best avoided altogether.  

 

Noise compared to the competition...

Noise reduction is quite weak on the Leica Q2 compared to the 47mp Panasonic Lumix S1R and compared to the 50mp Canon EOS 5DS R, which both have stronger noise reduction applied, and therefore show less noise at high ISO speeds, such as ISO12500 / ISO12800. 

 

Leica Q2 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Indoors, in mixed lighting images can end up with a fairly strong yellow colour cast. Under tungsten lighting, the results are better, with a slightly warm result produced, and the Tungsten preset gives a similar result. Under our fluorescent lighting results are good. There is no fluorescent white balance setting, so if the results need adjusting you'll need to use manual white balance. 

 

Leica Q2 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a small number of film (colour) styles, including Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome (Natural), and Monochrome (High contrast). You can edit these, with options to adjust contrast, sharpness, and saturation. These same colour settings are available for video. The panoramic mode gives you an image with a resolution of around 15mp (the image is 1920 pixels tall), and the results are acceptable, but nothing special. 

 

Video - There are a number of different options, with a good range of resolutions and frame rate options. There are the same film colour options available in video, as in the photo mode, and although there is no "Flat" or "Log" options, the default settings give you video that looks quite muted. Video recorded gives footage with excellent levels of detail. The optical image stabilisation system does a good job to keep even handheld footage stable. The built-in microphones are quite susceptable to picking up noise from the wind. 

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The video resolutions available include:

  • C4K / CINE-4K / DCI-4K at 24fps
  • 4K UHD at 30/24fps
  • FullHD video at 120fps
     
 


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