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Leica Q2 Hands-On Preview & Sample Photos Captured With The New Full-Frame Mirrorless Compact Camera

The Leica Q2 has been announced and Gavin Stoker has been given the chance to get hands-on with the new premium compact full-frame mirrorless camera with its familiar retro styling and a new 47.3-megapixel full-frame sensor.

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Leica has a new fixed lens, full-frame camera in the Leica Q2. The new model is aimed at pro photographers looking perhaps for a second camera… travel photographers wanting a camera that is small, light and discrete… and, finally, 'influencers' who want their Instagram photos to have a different look and feel to everyone else's images.

Launching the new Leica Q2 in the company's equally new Leica Store in Duke Street, Central London, Leica UK MD Jason Heward reiterated that the brand was 'about the image, not just the product, and all the Leica stores reflect that.'

That said, he added that the Leica Q2 was built with three main intentions; those of 'simplicity', 'quality', plus a focus on the 'essentials' - namely, Jason explained, a desire to help photographers creatively achieve what they had set out to.


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Join the Q… for the Leica Q2

The Leica Q2 arrives on the heels of the four-year-old Leica Q, which, the company claims, is one of the most successful cameras Leica has ever made.

The intention of the new Q2, as with its predecessor, is that it is easy to use. The focus on simplicity and quality is also reflected in its fixed focal length 28mm f/1.7 maximum aperture lens.

Leica MD Jason told us this was a 'super fast lens and AF system, coupled with an incredible viewfinder.' The camera is naturally compatible with the relatively recently introduced Leica Fotos app – memorably described as a 'gallery in your pocket'.

Also present at the London launch was Leica user and portrait photographer Arteh Odjidja, who reminded us that the original Q (Typ 116) camera out in 2015 and has been very much in demand ever since – hence a raft of limited edition versions and different coloured models following in its wake.


Leica Q2 | 1/30 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 1250

Leica Q2 Features  

With the marketing tagline of 'accept nothing but perfection', the Leica Q2 camera appears very similar to the original Q, with some ergonomic differences, including an indented rest for the thumb added at the rear of the camera.

Overall, the new Leica Q2 has been designed to be minimalist and stylish in both looks and operation. Key features to note include a 47.3-megapixel full frame sensor this time around and the fact that the body is now water and dust resistant. We also get that aforementioned 28mm prime lens with bright/fast f/1.7 aperture – the same as the original 'Q' – plus a 4K video shooting option that additionally includes the choice of 'C4K' (Cinematic 4K).

In terms of burst/continuous shooting, the camera offers up to 10fps if the mechanical shutter is utilised. Otherwise, it’s 20fps with the aid of the electronic shutter. Leica is describing the Q2’s autofocus performance as ‘fast’ at 0.15 seconds.

Also improved over its predecessor, it claims, is a high-resolution touch screen at the rear, and the fact that the accessible light sensitivity range now starts out at a lower ISO 50 setting (as opposed to ISO100 previously).

The Q2 is now Bluetooth enabled and is, of course, famously hand made in Germany, with a magnesium body construction.

The Leica Fotos app, when used in conjunction with the Q2, can now 'wake up' the camera, as well as acting as a remote and means to transfer and share your images.

Talking of pictures, if you do need to get closer to your subject than the 28mm lens will allow, the Q2 features a 75mm digital zoom function which provides an equivalent crop. Leica reasons that the camera is so high resolution that your images won’t be unduly affected by a lesser pixel count as a result of said crop.


Leica Q2 | 1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 1250

Video Function

When shooting video (as well as stills), users of the Q2 have access to various film styles including a monochrome mode. Video wise, there’s the choice of selecting either Full HD or 4K resolution footage, with 4K offered at either 24 or 30fps, and Cinema 4K (or ‘C4K’) offered at 24fps.


Leica Q2 Handling 

In handling the camera, we found the eye sensor was swift and responsive in use and this comes with a funky new push out/push in diopter adjustment control - again maintaining the camera's sleek, minimalist lines. The new high-resolution viewfinder is said to have a slightly different design to the original 'Q', though, we'll need to do a side-by-side comparison, in due course, to test that out.

The newly integrated thumb rest means that the camera sits comfortably in the palm at least, while the build quality feels as robust, durable and strong as you'd expect a camera with an asking price of £4,250 to feel.


Leica Q2 | 1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 42.0 mm | ISO 1250

Pricing & Availability 

The Leica Q2 is available immediately to order/buy and, as noted, in the UK that asking price is £4,250.

'A very long waiting list' is expected, the company tells us...

As well as the Leica Q2, a range of new accessories are available, including camera-body-hugging red, brown and black camera grips/leather cases that attach to the model via the screw thread at its base.


Leica Q2 Sample Photos


Leica Q2 Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Leica Q2 Photos of Equipment


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