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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Significant Disadvantages
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Jun 10, 2015|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||17|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||3,680k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||85|
|DxO Color Depth||24.3|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2221|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||130 x 80 x 93 mm|