2017 Leica Q Images Quality And Specification Review

The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a high-end, fixed-lens lightweight electronic camera with a 24MP full-frame indicator and a 28mm F1.7 Summilux stable lens. It symbolizes a new production for Leica, and was the first full-frame Leica to integrate an auto-focus system. Leica one of the most traditional of traditional electronic camera producers – has been fairly impressive recently, providing us the more luxuriously dark medium-format S-series, the full-frame mirrorless SL, and the impressive, fashionable (if not particularly likable) Leica T.

Leica Q

The Q is designed in a similar way to Leica’s high-end M-series range finders, but with the addition of a higher quality electronic viewfinder and touch-sensitive LCD display. Compared with the Leica T, where Leica made the touchscreen display display absolutely main to the managing experience, the Q’s touchscreen display display is actually optionally available, and works in show with several traditional (physical) management factors. This mixture of traditional and contemporary is a vital Q, which melds guide management with electronic support fluidly in its ergonomics.

Leica Q Key Features

  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH lens with picture stabilization
  • ISO 100-50000
  • 3.68M dot-equivalent LCOS electronic viewfinder
  • 3″ set touchscreen display display LCD with 1.04 thousand dots
  • 10 fps ongoing shooting
  • 1080/60p HD movie capture
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connection with devoted Leica app
  • Magnesium-alloy body
  • Mechanical (leaf) and electronic shutter

Leica may be known for making electronic cameras that help photography lovers slowly down their process, but the Q also has to be able to help quicken things. It provides 10 fps jolts, even when catching complete quality DNG pictures. You is ‘smart’, providing both Wi-Fi and NFC, and has a devoted app for distant catching and watching pictures. Video is taken at 1080p at either 30 or 60 fps.

If the 28mm lens seems too extensive, there is a function known as ‘digital structure selector’ that falls structure indicators in the area of perspective, comparative to your choice of 35 or 50mm. Of course you will lose some quality farming in. And for road photography lovers, options like face identify and touch-to-focus/touch-to-shoot (using the LCD) can be very effective, especially when catching from the hip. Of course you can always pre-focus personally using the concentrate detail range, if you choose.

Leica Q Body And Design

Body system overview

The Leica Q looks similar to the Leica M Kind 240, but with a lens connected. The obvious difference between the two is the Kind 240 is a proper range finder, while the Leica Q is a rangefinder-style digicam with an electronic viewfinder. At first look, the Leica Q may look like an exchangeable lens digicam, but the 28mm F1.7 lens is in fact set. In hand, the Q also has the weight and build-quality of a Kind 240. The lower part of one’s is created of mineral magnesium steel, while the top dish is created from a individual piece of machined steel. Management buttons and calls are also metallic, and are laser etched. The front part of the Leica Q is covered in a leather-like material.

Leica Q Body And Design

According to Leica, you appeared along the concept of ‘reduction to the requirements.’ And as such, one’s body of you provides little physical buttons and calls.

Around the lens

Not amazingly, the aperture is set on the lens. As is the case on the shutter rate switch, the ‘A’ appears for auto. Changing both calls to ‘A’ places the Leica Q into a fully automated establishing. Just establishing the aperture to automated places you into a shutter concern method, while establishing the shutter rate switch to automated places you into an aperture concern method.

The aperture band provides 1/3-stop amounts varying from F1.7 to F16. Below the aperture band is the main concentrate band. You can’t see it in the above picture, but the bottom of the band provides a curved tab to rest your hand on while keeping focused (see below). Underneath the main concentrate band is the main concentrate detail range. Below that is a band to toggle the Leica Q into macro method, though the maximum aperture is reduced to F2.8. Line up the minimum white dot with ‘Macro’ and the Q automatically slips out a new concentrate detail range for macro capturing.

Top of camera

Looking up top, you’ll notice just how simple the basic performance of the Q is. The ‘S’ places you into individual shot method while the ‘C’ places it into ongoing method. The Q is capable of jolts up to 10 fps in ongoing method without ongoing auto-focus. Below it is a control switch that automatically adapts visibility settlement. More on those two later on. On the remaining of the control switch is the shutter rate switch, with the digital camera’s hot shoes straight to the remaining of it. The Leica Q uses a standard hot shoes.

Leica Q Images Quality


The Leica Q comes with a 49-point contrast-detect auto-focus program with choices for both individual and ongoing AF, each along with a number of AF place ways. Considering that this is Leica’s first venture into auto-focus with a full-frame indicator (the Leica SL came six several weeks afterward), the Q’s efficiency can be very amazing. As with its manages and managing though, once you dig a little further, you’ll have some strangeness in the Q’s auto-focus efficiency. Indeed, some configurations and ways perform very well. Some others, however, especially those that include the touchscreen display screen, are badly incorporated. Let’s take a look at all of that in some details.

Common use

With few exclusions, the Leica Q reacts to information quickly. Regardless of what operate the digital camera is currently challenge, spinning the back management switch results in immediate reviews on-screen as to your modification. The same goes for the aperture band and shutter speed switch.

Leica Q Images Quality
Leica Q Images Quality F1.7 | 1/125 sec | ISO 4000

Entering play-back method is in the same way quick – you get a pixelated review of your picture first before it enhances up, but the short wait isn’t intrusive. Twiddling the back management switch in play-back method zooms into the center of the picture.

Auto ISO

Leica’s Automated ISO function works well, offering an automated shutter rate performance while also as long as you to specify your higher ISO restrict. If you desire more control, you can specify an optimum appropriate shutter rate as well.

Leica Q Images Quality
Leica Q Images Quality F5.6 | 1/250 sec | ISO 250

It may not work for everyone, but as we’ve said elsewhere in this evaluation, you can bypass the Automated ISO shutter rate establishing with the shutter rate switch, and still utilize visibility settlement via the ‘Fn’ key to switch in your contact with your preference (the back switch will return to 1/3 stop rise improvements of shutter rate, which we wish is personalized on a future firmware update).

Real-world picture quality

As we’ve protected formerly, the Leica Q will compensate you with obviously good picture top quality in most circumstances. The powerful range may be missing for some more challenging scenery photography lovers (or if you mis-judge your visibility and need to force several stops), but disturbance levels are usually pretty well managed into greater ISOs.

Leica Q Images Quality F8 | 1/320 sec | ISO 100
Leica Q Images Quality F8 | 1/320 sec | ISO 100

However, there are two problems we continuously ran into with information from the Q, one of which is relatively minimal, and the other relatively significant.

The minimal problem problems JPEG handling out of the Q, with real-world outcomes resembling our studio room results above. Leica statements that the JPEG outcome is deliberately pretty neutral, at the cost of shiny, computer pictures. However, with restricted JPEG motor personalization choices (color space, sharpness, comparison, saturation), customers coming to the Q from others may find the JPEG efficiency missing, and will simply turn to the Raw information. The ‘greenness’ of standard yellow in the Q’s JPEGs does show up in real-world capturing, and can cause distressing outcomes when taking photos people. Couple that with untrustworthy automatic white-colored stability efficiency under synthetic light, and seriously, I ignored the JPEGs completely.

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Leica Q Specifications

MSRP $4250
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 28mm: 4272 x 2848, 2976 x 1600 x 1200; 35mm: 4800 x 3200, 3424 x 2288, 2384 x 1592, 1280 x 856; 50mm: 3360 x 2240, 2400 x 1600, 1680 x 1120, 896 x 600
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 26 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Maestro II
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-50000
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F1.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv))
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 17 cm (6.69)
Number of focus points 49
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 3,680,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Sport
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Night portrait
  • Snow/beach
  • Candlelight
  • Sunset
  • Digiscoping
  • Miniature effect
  • Panorama
  • Timelapse
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/500 sec
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-DC12
Weight (inc. batteries) 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 93 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.66)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None