Leica Q2 – Every Great Story Deserves a Sequel

Mar 7, 2019  By Richard Rejino
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Every great story deserves a sequel Leica Camera is pleased to announce the introduction of its latest camera, and the new evolution of one of its most popular recent releases, the Leica Q2. The Leica Q2 features a brand new 47.3 megapixel full frame sensor, integrated weather sealing throughout the body and built-in Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 lens, a brand new electronic viewfinder, lightning-fast autofocus and burst shooting, 4K video, a revised button layout and refined design. Please see the list of features and technical specifications below.

  • Main Features and Benefits:
  • Newly developed 47.3 MP full frame sensor for best-in-class image quality
  • Built-in crop modes are now improved to 30 MP at 35 mm, 15 MP at 50 mm, and 7 MP at a new 75 mm
  • Fully weather-sealed to brave the elements and always get the shot while maintaining a compact body
  • New 3.68 MP OLED EVF for an improved view of the scene with better color and clarity
  • Fixed Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens for tack-sharp images and impeccable low-light quality
  • New processor from the Maestro II family ensuring peak performance at these new heights of resolution
  • Fast auto-focus and 10 fps burst shooting to never miss a crucial moment
  • 4K video with UHD and Cine4K resolutions for easy on-the-go high quality recording
  • Refined control elements inspired by design languages established with the Leica M10 and CL
  • Made in Germany for the most premium quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) for easier pairing with Leica FOTOS and a continuous connection

The perfect everyday-carry lightweight travel companion with image quality capable of pro-level output. Deliveries of the Leica Q2 will begin in early March. Initial accessories are expected to start shipping early April.

New Sensor With 95% More Resolution Than Its Predecessor

The Leica Q2’s newly developed 47.3 megapixel full frame sensor boasts the highest resolution in its class. Matched with the high resolving power of its built-in Summilux lens, the Leica Q2 goes beyond the conventional use-cases of a 28 mm focal length via its built-in crop functions for equivalent focal lengths of 35 mm, 50 mm, and the newly available 75 mm – bringing with it more possibilities in the world of portraiture and close-up work. This new sensor maintains a 30 MP image when cropped to a 35 mm equivalent frame, even more than the original Leica Q’s maximum of 24 MP at 28 mm. When shooting cropped DNG files the full sensor image is still recorded, allowing the user to undo or change the crop during postprocessing.
These newfound heights of resolution and flexibility, combined with high ISO performance and a fast aperture make the Leica Q2 the perfect companion for all areas of street, architectural, landscape, travel, documentary, reportage and even portrait photography.N

Weather Sealing And Improved Battery Life

The Leica Q2’s IP52-certified weather sealing protects the camera from dust, rain and water spray and ensures users can photograph under challenging environmental conditions. The adoption of the BPSCL4 battery from the Leica SL boosts battery life by 30% over the original Leica Q, and its built-in rubber gasket further helps seal the Q2. This level of weather-sealing is usually reserved for pro-level cameras such as the Leica SL and Leica S, putting the Q2 at that similar level of resilience, and is especially helpful under challenging environmental conditions.

The Leica Q2’s newly developed 47.3 megapixel full framesensor boasts the highest resolution in its class. Matche with the high resolving power of its built-in Summilux lens, the Leica Q2 goes beyond the conventional use-cases of a 28 mm focal length via its built-in crop functions for equivalent focal lengths of 35 mm, 50 mm, and the newly available 75 mm – bringing with it more possibilities in the world of portraiture and close-up work. This new sensor maintains a 30 MP image when cropped to a 35 mm equivalent frame, even more than the original Leica Q’s maximum of 24 MP at 28 mm. When shooting cropped DNG files the full sensor image is still recorded, allowing the user to undo or change the crop during postprocessing.

These newfound heights of resolution and flexibility, combined with high ISO performance and a fast aperture make the Leica Q2 the perfect companion for all areas of street, architectural, landscape, travel, documentary, reportage and even portrait photography.

New OLED High-Resolution EVF

The Leica Q2 features a newly developed high-resolution OLED viewfinder, which offers a lag-free high refresh rate and faster auto-switching between the rear display and EVF. The high resolution of 3.68 megapixels in the viewfinder provides the clearest vision of the user’s composition to perfectly and accurately frame subjects. OLED panels, known today for being utilized in the highest quality smartphone and TV screens on the market, are superior to LCDs as they control each pixel’s brightness independently – this yields a better color depth and quality for a more pleasing experience every time the camera is raised to the user’s eye.

Speed Speed Speed + 4K Video

The autofocus system of the Leica Q2 focuses sharplyon the subject within milliseconds, making it one of the fastest cameras in its class. Improvements to its new processor from the Maestro II family have enabled a high continuous burst shooting rate with an impressive 10 frames per second from the mechanical shutter, even at maximum resolution. The Leica Q2 adds 4K UHD and Cine4K video recording to its arsenal of features, with frame rate options across 4K and 1080p.

In combination with the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to quickly and easily share pictures and video via social media, and thanks to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) a permanent connection can be established between camera and smartphone. Now users can even remotely wake the camera and connect any time when in range. (Leica FOTOS v1.2 with Q2 compatibility scheduled to launch April 3)

Refined Design And Improved Handling

The design of the Leica Q carries forward the Leica tradition of reduction to the essentials. The ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are employed in its construction. The distinctive thumb rest of the new Leica Q2 and the sophisticated diamond pattern of its leather trim ensure optimum grip and highlight the symbiosis of function and form. Also new is the camera’s uniquely intuitive handling concept, following refined design language cues established from its brethren in the Leica M10 and Leica CL families – such as the single-stage On/Off switch, simplified three-button interface on the rear of the camera and programmable button within the thumb wheel dial. A new highlight of the Leica Q2 layout is the push-button diopter compensation dial on the back of the camera that locks and prevents inadvertent changes to the user’s desired setting. Every refinement, both large and small, pushes Leica’s design forward without losing sight of the core philosophy of the camera.

New Accessories

A comprehensive range of optional accessories is also available for the Leica Q2. These include matching camera protector cases and carrying straps in premium-quality classic black and brown leather, and more vibrant versions in red and pink. The elegant new ‘Ettas’ line of soft, coated canvas pouches for various Leica camera models will also be launched at the same time as the Leica Q2. The pouches will initially be available in midnight blue, stone gray and red colorways, with more still to come. The accessory selection also includes technical equipment for the Leica Q2 such as the Leica SF 40, SF 60 flash units, the SF C1 remote flash control unit and an additional add-on thumb rest and handgrip. All accessories are functionally designed for easy handling, perfectly matching the quality and design of the camera and are manufactured from only the finest materials to ensure reliability for a lifetime of use.

Product images available now on the Leica FTP

After the embargo, Leica Camera encourages all to promote the introduction of the new Leica Q2 on websites, social media accounts and newsletters.

Leica Q2 Technical Data

  • Camera type: 35 mm digital compact camera, fixed prime lens
  • Format / aspect ratio: 24 x 36 mm / 3:2
  • Lens: Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH., 11 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements
  • Digital zoom: 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm
  • Image stabilization: Optical shake compensation system for still picture and video exposures
  • Aperture range: 1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3 EV increments
  • Image sensor/resolution: Full frame CMOS sensor, 50.4/47.3 million pixels (total/effective)
  • Dynamic range: 13 stops
  • Color depth: 14-bit
  • Photo file formats: Selectable: DNG, DNG + JPEG, JPEG.
  • DNG/JPEG resolution:
  • Video recording formats: MP4 (C4K/4K/Full HD)
  • Video resolution/frame rate: 4K: 30 or 24 fps. C4K: 24 fps. Full HD 24, 30, 60 or 120 fps
  • Audio recording format: AAC
  • Microphone: Stereo
  • Speaker: MonoStorage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards Recommended: UHS II memory cards
  • ISO settings: Automatic, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000
  • White balance: Automatic, presets for daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, electronic flash, grey card, manual colour temperature selection
  • Color spaces: sRGB / Adobe RGB / ECI RGB V.2.0
  • JPG settings: Standard, vivid, natural, monochrome, high-contrast monochrome, all with further settings for contrast, saturation and sharpness in 5 step

Focusing

  • Working range: 30 cm to ∞, close focus distance 17 cm in macro mode
  • Autofocus modes: AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), AFC (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be saved.
  • Autofocus metering modes: Single field (moveable metering point), multi-field (49 fields), face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release by touching the monitor screen.
  • Exposure modes: Program AE, aperture 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, center-weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: ± 3 EV in 1/3-EV increments
  • Automatic exposure bracketing: 3 or 5 exposures in steps of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3 EV increments
  • Shutter type: Choice of mechanical, electronic or hybrid
  • Settings: Automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing. Loupe function and edge highlighting (focus peaking) in four colors available as focusing aids in manual focusing mode.
  • Shutter speeds: 60 s to 1⁄2000 s with mechanical shutter, 1 s to 1⁄40000 s with electronic shutter, in 1/3 increments,
  • Flash synchronization up to 1⁄500 s, linear flash with all shutter speeds faster than 1⁄500 s (with HSS-capable SCA 3002 flash units).
  • Continuous shooting: Choice of 10/5/3 fps (H/M/L)
  • Self-timer delay: 2 or 12 seconds
  • OLED viewfinder Resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels x 3 colors (= 3.68 megapixels). Viewfinder image: approx. 100%, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye-relief: 21 mm. Adjustable between -4 and +3 dioptres, with eye-sensor for switching between viewfinder and monitor screen
  • Monitor screen: 3″ TFT LCD monitor screen with approx. 1,040,000 image dots, touch control capability
  • WLAN: IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant (standard WLAN protocol), channels 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible
  • WPA™/WPA2™ encryption; access mode: infrastructure mode
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth LE
  • Power supply: Leica BP-SCL4 lithium-ion battery, rated voltage: 7.2V, capacity: 1860 mAh
  • Charger: Rated voltage 8.4 V; capacity at least 1860 mAh (according to CIPA standard): ca. 400 exposures; charging time: approx. 180 min.; battery charger: 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.25 A, with adapters
  • Exposures per battery charge: Approx. 370
  • Body: Robust, lightweight magnesium alloy construction
  • Lens filter thread: E49
  • Tripod bush: A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4″ thread).
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 130 mm x 80 mm x 91.9 mm
  • Weight: 718 g / 637 g (with / without battery)
  • Package includes: Camera, carrying strap, lens hood, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, battery charger, mains powercable (EU, US, local power cable), USB cable.
  • Software: Leica FOTOS App



Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.









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