Leica Q Review

Overall 54
Imaging 32
Features 63
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 130 x 80 x 93 mm
  • Weight: 640 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Leica Typ 116

Leica Q Summary

This review is devoted to Q that Leica has first introduced to the public in Jun 10, 2015. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #5 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 54/100 and it takes a rank of #31 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica Q Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica Q review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.7
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: Full frame
  • Max Native Iso: 50000
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2221
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Leica Q With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Leica Q. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Leica Q

Leica Q has the following external dimensions 130 x 130 x 93 mm (51.18 x 31.5 x 36.61″) with the weight of 640 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Leica Q, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Leica Q is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 93mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica Q with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Leica Q is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Leica Q compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Leica Q — 93 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Leica Q — 640 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Leica Q comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Leica Q comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Leica Q Photo and Sensor Features

Leica Q comes with Maestro II processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica Q has the following ISO range 100 - 50000 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Leica Q features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Large Sensor Compact class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Leica Q, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 85 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Leica Q’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Leica Q is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Leica Q with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica Q

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica Q is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Leica Q’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 3,680k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Leica Q are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Q comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/16000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Q unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, Q has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica Q, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica Q allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.

Leica Q provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Leica Q is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Leica Q is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Q is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Q with suitable external devices.

How Good is Leica Q for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica Q’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica Q’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Q to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Leica Q for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Leica Q for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (130 x 80 x 93 mm)

Leica Q for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2221)
  • Big size (130 x 80 x 93 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing

Leica Q for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (640 g)
  • Big size (130 x 80 x 93 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Leica Q for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.7)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2221)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Leica Q Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model Q
Announced Jun 10, 2015
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 17
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 3,680k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 85
DxO Color Depth 24.3
DxO Dynamic Range 12.7
DxO Low Light ISO 2221
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 50,000
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 640 g
Physical Dimensions 130 x 80 x 93 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model BP-DC12
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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