Leica has announced an upgrade to its 24.2Mp full-frame compact camera. Called the Leica Q2 (Type 4889), the new camera has a total pixel count of 50.4Mp and an effective count of 47.3Mp.

The new sensor is paired with an updated version of Leica’s Maestro processing engine. This combination enables a sensitivity range of ISO 50-50,000 and a maximum shooting speed of 20fps (frames per second) with the electronic shutter. Switching to the mechanical shutter reduces the top rate to 10fps.

In another change from the Q, the Q2 is weather and dust-resistant.

Leica has also upgraded the Q2’s video capability in comparison with the Q’s.  It can record 4K (3840 x2160) video at 24/30fps or C4K 4096x 2160 at 24p. Audio is recorded via the built-in mic.

In addition, there’s optical image stabilisation which works when shooting stills and video.

Leica has given the  Q2 both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. This eases pairing a smartphone with Leica’s Fotos app for image transfer and remote control and wake-up. 

Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens

Although the Leica Q2 has the same Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens as the Q, Leica has adjusted it to match the higher resolution sensor. 

Along with the native 28mm focal length, the Q has modes that crop the images to create framing equivalent to using a 35mm, 50mm and 75mm lenses. This cropping reduces the size of the images to 30.0Mp, 14.7Mp and 6.6Mp respectively.

Leica has kept with the same autofocus system as the Q for the Q2, this has a claimed acquisition speed of 0.15sec.

Images may be recorded as DNG raw files or Jpegs, or both simultaneously. There’s a collection of Film Style settings (Standard, Vivid, Natural, Natural, monochrome and High-contrast monochrome) for use with Jpegs.

Leica Q2 specs, price, release date announced

Viewfinder and Screen

Like the Q, the Leica Q2 has a 3,680,000-pixel electronic viewfinder (EVF). However, it has been upgraded to an OLED device.

Leica has stuck with the fixed 3-inch 1,040,000-dot TFT touchscreen for the Q2, however, the button arrangement alongside it has changed. Instead of 5 round buttons, there are now 3 square buttons.

Leica Q2 specs, price, release date announced

Key Features

Camera type35 mm digital compact camera
LensLeica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH.
Lens construction11 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements
Digital Zoom28mm, 35mm and 50mm
Aperture rangef/1.7 to f/16 in 1⁄3EV steps
SensorFull-frame CMOS sensor with 50.4Mp (total), 47.3Mp (effective)
Dynamic range13Ev
Colour depth14-bit
File formatDNG, DNG + JPEG or JPEG
Video Resolution4K: 30 or 24 fps. C4K: 24 fps. Full HD 24, 30, 60 or 120 fps
Video formatMP4
StorageSD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards Recommended: UHS II memory cards
SensitivityAutomatic, ISO 50 50000
JPG settingsNatural, monochrome, high-contrast monochrome, all with further settings for contrast, saturation and sharpness in 5 steps
FocusingManual or Automatic (Single or continuous)
Focus range30cm to infinity, 17cm in Macro mode
MeteringSingle field (moveable metering point), multi-field (49 fields), face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release by touching the monitor screen
Exposure modesAperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting
Scene modes: Automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature effect, panorama and HDR
Exposure
metering modes
Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure compensation± 3 EV in 1/3-EV steps
Shutter typeChoice of mechanical, electronic or hybrid
Shutter speed60 s to 1⁄2000 s with mechanical shutter, 1 s to 1⁄40000 s with electronic shutter, in 1/3 steps
Max Continuous shooting rate10fps with mechanical shutter, 20fps with electronic shutter
ViewfinderOLED with 1280 x 960 pixels x 3 colours (= 3.68Mp). 4:3 ratio 100% with 21 mm eye relief.
ScreenFixed 3-inch 1,040,000-dot TFT touchscreen
ConnectivityWi-Fi and Bluetooth
BatteryLeica BP-SCL4 lithium-ion battery, rated voltage: 7.2V, capacity: 1860 mAh
Battery life370 images
Dimensions (W x H x D130 x 80 x 91.9 mm
Weight718g / 637g (with / without battery)

Leica Q2 Price and Release Date

The Leica Q2 is set to retail for £4,250 (approximately $5,520) and goes on sale immediately.

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Leica Q2 specs, price, release date announced
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Leica has announced a new full-frame compact camera, the Leica Q2, which features a 47mp sensor, built-in viewfinder and a touchscreen.
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