Leica Q2 Review

Overall 64
Imaging 45
Features 65
Size 72
Price 100

Main Features

  • 47.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 50 - 50000
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 20.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 130 x 80 x 92 mm
  • Weight: 718 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Leica Q. Compare
  • Also known as Leica Type No. 4889

Leica Q2 Summary

This review is devoted to Q2 that Leica has first introduced to the public in Mar 07, 2019. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 47.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Leica released to replace their older product Q. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Leica Q2 vs. Q

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #1 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 64/100 and it takes a rank of #8 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Leica Q2 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Leica Q2 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
  • Min Native Iso: 50
  • Max Native Iso: 50000
  • Number Of Focus Points: 49
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.76
  • Continuous Shooting: 20.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 370 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

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Complete Comparison of Leica Q2 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 Q2. 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 Q2

Leica Q2 has the following external dimensions 130 x 130 x 92 mm (51.18 x 31.5 x 36.22″) with the weight of 718 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Leica Q2, 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 Q2 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 92mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Leica Q2 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 Q2 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 Q2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Leica Q2 — 370 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Leica Q2 — 92 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Leica Q2 — 718 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Leica Q2 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 Q2 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 Q2 Photo and Sensor Features

Leica Q2 boasts of a resolution of 47.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Leica Q2 has the following ISO range 50 - 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 Q2 features a 47.0 MP sensor. In the Large Sensor Compact class, there is a high-resolution camera.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Leica Q2 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Leica Q2

LCD and ViewFinder

Leica Q2 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 Q2’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .

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 Q2 are its 20.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Q2 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 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, Q2 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Leica Q2, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Leica Q2 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.

Leica Q2 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Q2.

Leica Q2 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 Q2 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Q2 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Q2 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Leica Q2 provides a shooting life of 370, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Compact category, Leica Q2 offers the highest battery life that reaches 370 shots.

How Good is Leica Q2 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Leica Q2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Leica Q2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Q2 to the average Compact camera.

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

Leica Q2 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q2 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 (47 MP)
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Leica Q2 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q2 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 92 mm)

Leica Q2 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q2 can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (20.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (130 x 80 x 92 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (49)
  • Small battery life (370 shots)

Leica Q2 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q2 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 (718 g)
  • Big size (130 x 80 x 92 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Leica Q2 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Leica Q2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Leica Q2 can be called a 94 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 (47 MP)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Leica Q2 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Leica
Model Q2
Announced Mar 07, 2019
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 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.76
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 20.0 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 Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores n/a
DxO Color Depth n/a
DxO Dynamic Range n/a
DxO Low Light ISO n/a
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 47.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 8368 x 5584
Max Native ISO 50,000
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 50
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 No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 49
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 718 g
Physical Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92 mm
Battery Life 370 shots
Battery Type 370 shots
Battery Model BP-SCL4
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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