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Leica Q 24.2 Megapixel Digital 35 MM Compact Camera (Black, Anodized, TYP 116)
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- 24.2 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- Leica Maestro II Image Processor
- Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens
- 3.68 MP LCOS Integrated Electronic Viewfinder
- 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
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Leica Q (TYP 116)
The compact camera redefined
Video recording format MP4.
Sound recording format AAC.
- multimedia cards
- multimedia cards
The integrated viewfinder of the Leica Q is activated as soon as the camera is brought up to the eye. It faithfully displays the camera’s image at any time, right down to the smallest detail and without any perceptible delay. With its resolution of 3.68 MP, it surpasses all other electronic viewfinders. The autofocus is also outstanding, capturing with ultimate sharpness at maximum speed. The new Maestro II series processor works extremely rapidly and allows a serial image speed of up to 10 frames per second at full resolution. And of course, the images are instantly available as a JPEG in playback mode.
Intuitive, ergonomic, pragmatic. The controls of the Leica Q provide quick access to all relevant options and opportunities. For example, auto-focus can be set either using buttons or via the touch screen. Prefer to focus manually? Then let the innovative Live View aids “Focus-Peaking” and “Live View Zoom” assist you. Easy to use, the Leica Q helps you implement your ideas perfectly - at the press of a button.
The built-in Wi-Fi module on the Leica Q makes it easy to share your pictures and videos on social networks. Images can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet or computer via WLAN and the complimentary Leica Q app. The app also allows the Leica Q to be operated remotely. For example, set the time and aperture on your device and use it as a remote-control release. In this way, blur-free long exposures and recordings are possible from unusual angles – and also as moving images. What’s more, you can record video in Full-HD and web-friendly MP4.
The Leica maxim 'focusing on the essentials' also applies to the Leica Q’s exterior design. Made in Germany, the high quality materials and outstanding craftmanship guarantee maximum durability. The top cover is milled from a solid aluminium block, while the housing is finished in magnesium and all labels and markings on the adjustment wheels are laser engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of the exterior finish make the Leica Q beautifully easy to grip.
Leica App for iOS (free download remote control and picture transfer in Apple App-Store/Google Play Store).
Satisfes IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA/ WPA2, access method: infrastructure mode.
According to JIS X 6319-4 standard/13.56 MHz.
OPTIMIZED FUNCTIONS IN DETAIL
Focus on DNG
Firmware update 2.0 now makes it possible to shoot DNG RAW files separately, rather than in combination with JPG files. The benefits for you: save space on your memory card and you no longer need to delete unwanted JPG files. JPG mode and the combined JPG-DNG mode are still available for whenever you need them.
More creative freedom
The 1-field autofocus metering area can now be selected in three different sizes: small, medium and large. However, AF point movement in digital zoom mode for focal lengths of 35 and 50 mm has now been limited, to avoid focusing on objects outside the zoom range. The Face Detection function has also been optimized: as soon as a face is detected, AF now automatically reverts to multi-field autofocus mode.
Simplified navigation makes it possible to shoot even faster. That is the reason for the optimization of the camera’s EVF mode: pressing the menu or play button now allows the photographer to switch straight to menu control or picture review on the LCD screen.
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Combine what is technically possible with what makes sense photographically. A philosophy that leads to innovation, rewriting photographic history again and again. As it has with the new Leica Q, a digital camera which continues this groundbreaking Leica tradition with a full-frame sensor and a fixed focal length.
Whether your subject involves depth of field, an available-light situation or a macro photography shot, the Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. provides everything you need to express yourself photographically.
Its classic 28mm focal length is perfect for street, architectural and landscape photography. Its lens, the fastest in its class, combined with a specially designed 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor, provides detailed images of unsurpassed quality: up to ISO 50,000.
- Optical compensation system for photo and video recordings
- 3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 1,040,000 pixels, touch control possible
- Contrast-based autofocus system
- Color depth 14 bit
Focal length 28 mm:
megapixels (6000x4000 pixels), megapixels (4272x2848 pixels), megapixels (2976x1984 pixels), megapixels (1600x1080 pixels).
Focal length 35 mm:
megapixels (4800x3200 pixels), megapixels (3424x2288 pixels), megapixels (2384x1592 pixels), megapixels (1280x856 pixels).
Focal length 50 mm:
megapixels (3360x2240 pixels), megapixels (2400x1600 pixels), megapixels (1680x1120 pixels), megapixels (896x600 pixels).
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My Review of the Leica Q
I have now owned the Leica Q for about three weeks and I have been using it almost daily. In the past, I have owned numerous digital cameras including one DSLR (I also owned several film cameras but they are only tangentially relative to this discussion). Several were very nice cameras but for a variety of reasons I did not keep them. Within the Leica brand I have owned the M8, the X-Vario and the T. None of those met my needs or expectations. In all fairness to the M8, in addition to the numerous known issues discussed on DPR and LUF, I have to add my age related declining vision is just not good enough to rapidly focus a range finder, especially in low light or high contrast situations. This isn’t the camera’s fault but is a fault of the optical range finder design that has plagued many others besides me.
This is going to come as a shock to many of you but: I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! I thought I would get this out first so you can stop reading if you chose.
This is the first digital Leica that has actually met and in some ways exceeded my expectations. First, it is quick, second AF is really-really fast, the fastest I have measured beating out the Olympus EM5-II and several Panasonics. That is saying something considering the size and resolution of the sensor. The AF is very accurate with one of the lowest miss rates I have encountered and I have gone through a slew of cameras from Fuji, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic. It is up with the best of them or better.
This camera has exhibited the best software out of the box of any Leica I have tried. Fewer bugs is a good thing. The flaws it has can mostly be remedied in firmware and that is the one area Leica is slow to remedy so it is a good thing that most of these are minor irritations and not deal breakers. Leica needs to learn to listen better to their customers. We have been clamoring for years for a smaller fast AF camera similar to the CL. While it would be nice to have interchangeable lenses and more profitable to Leica in the long run, a good single focal length can suffice for many of us not using the camera in a professional setting.
The ergonomics are the best of any camera I have handled with everything intuitive and following good photographic principals that are tried and true (aperture setting on the lens, shutter speed dial on the top plate, etc.). The simplicity of operation is excellent though not perfect. There are a few operations requiring diving into a menu that should be more readily available to be useful. For example AF mode is buried in a menu and not assigned or assignable to a dedicated button. Further, one cannot toggle a feature like touch focus to be on or off while still being able to use one point. Logically touch AF is one point with the point selected by the user rather than the camera. Therefore, it would make sense to enable or disable the touch screen as desired but not disable the shutter button from activating AF. The same can be said for face detection. In many systems you can activate or deactivate face detection separately from the other AF selections and the camera will use face detection if it can and if not revert to the other selection if the feature is activated. The result of making these deeper menu items is that they get used less frequently.
The EVF is superb and works well in bright sunlight like we have here in Southern California. The LCD is also very good and viewable even in fairly bright sunlight but I find the EVF so good that I use it much more.
The image quality is simply outstanding with a crispness that is a Leica signature that I really love. As good as the XV and T were, when I compare shots taken of the same subject under similar light conditions there really is no comparison. While I don’t own an M240, from what I have seen the images are just as good in good light and better in low light. I haven’t seen a camera that produces any better image. Additionally, the dynamic range is very good and the files are very malleable in LR with both highlight recover and shadow recovery matching or beating any other camera I have tried including the Sony A7II.
NIGGLES & QUIBBLES
The following are minor things that could and should be addressed by Leica in a firmware update. In my opinion, none of these are deal breakers but they would improve and enhance the operation of the camera.
1. Provide a higher resolution JPG for image review so that at maximum magnification one does not obtain a poorer image than at the step one below maximum.
2. Provide a means to scroll through multiple images at magnification without having to first reduce to standard view size.
3. Allow for DNG only and an optional lossless compression.
4. Allow assignment of the focus mode to a button
5. Allow use of the video record button as an assignable function button.
6. Adjustable EVF for brightness, contrast and color and add contrast and color adjustment to LCD.
7. Ability to use LCD only for menu and playback functions.
8. Use of touch panel for a quick menu like the T’s
All of these are minor and not deal breakers for me though they might be for others. There are some issues with the histogram which is basically unusable but you can turn on blinkies and that is probably just as useful.
This is a great camera worthy of the Leica name and one I actually plan to keep for a while. I am really enjoying using it and I like the results I am obtaining. I highly recommend this camera to anyone that can live with a single lens at 28mm focal length.
August 25, 2015 Update:
I have now owned the camera for about 2 months, time for the honeymoon to wane a bit right? Wrong! I love this camera more each day. Every picture I take manages to amaze me with how versatile this camera is, how quick it focuses and how accurate. Its ability to focus quickly, even in very low light is nothing short of amazing. I can honestly say that this is the first camera I have owned in a long time that I wasn't ready to sell by now in disgust with one feature or another that just failed to live up to the hype. Those that have followed my posts on the Leica user forum or several other popular forums probably can't believe I am saying nice things about a Leica product but I feel vindicated that Leica finally listened to those of us that weren't automatic fan boys using over products with less than state of the art performance and top of the line components (like crappy low resolution LCDs, slow processors with small buffers and on auto focus models, slow and frequently inaccurate AF) all the while charging premium prices.
A lot of what kept me coming back and being willing to try again was my love of the old film CL and the images created by Leica glass. The latter hasn't changed, except for the better. There are things that still could be improved and I hope Leica is reading the posts from owners on LUF that have listed these things. None are deal breakers for me but I can understand why they might be for others. The thing is that Leica still needs to show it listens by getting better and faster with firmware updates, better management of its production capabilities such that they don't introduce a new camera that many want and then shut down and go on vacation leaving potential customers unable to obtain the camera. Not only is that not very smart, it has to impact their balance sheet. With the stock market in turmoil, this is not good news for holding onto those customers that can likely afford to buy their products so they could come back from vacation to find pre-orders diminishing or vanishing completely. I hope this doesn't happen but people can react negatively when stock markets are going south.
If you can find one at the normal list price, you should grab it, I don't think you will be disappointed. As an aside, I tried the hand grip and finger loop along with the holster. The handgrip just adds too much bulk to the camera. It is just so perfect in size and feel without it. Yes, it makes holding on to the camera easier but not as comfortable. I wish they had put the finger loop thread in the body. I also wish they used a different material for the finger loop. It is stiff and not comfortable feeling. I wear a ring on my right hand ring finger and one just can't comfortably use the finger loop under those circumstances. It digs into the finger and hurts. If they had used a nice soft leather instead of a hard rubber it would have been much better. I also wish it had the quick connect type of lugs used on the T so I could easily switch from long neck strap to short wrist strap when using the holster. I am currently using Gordy's reasonably price wrist strap and it is excellent. I tried Gordy's quick connect but their is no way to get metal to metal contact between his quick connect and the camera body so I went to a triangular split ring, though the round one works too. I will soon be trying Luigi's neck strap with quick connectors (a bit pricey) and hopefully that will solve my current carry issue. Also, the Tamarac 3394 works well to carry the camera, the SF26 flash, a spare battery and card. This is an inexpensive means to carry the camera with the lens hood attached and all protected. I hope this helps anyone contemplating this camera.
5 Reasons why I love this Q:
1. The photos are stunning - forget the specs and everything. The photos I am getting with this are just beautiful.
2. Speed - most people rate speed as in how fast the camera focuses and shoots when you press the shutter. I think of speed a little differently. I think of speed as measured from the time you decide you want to take the shot, then you have to frame, choose how you want to do it, and then press the shutter to focus and shoot. This is the fastest camera I have owned. This is because all the settings are placed just perfectly - aperture on the lens, manual focus lock on the lens and focus ring, etc. Whether I want to shoot auto or semi auto or manual, I have found this to be the fastest camera I have ever owned.
3. Somehow they got it right - placement of the various controls - I really enjoy handling the camera. This is subjective of course, and I love it.
4. The lens is amazing. Usually if you open up a lens 100% (in this case to f1.7) there is some degradation at the edges of the photo, so on other systems, I try not to open it all the way up to maximum aperture. On this Leica Q, you can truly use it at f1.7 and there is no degradation on the edges of the photo.
5. It is solid - built like a tank. While you do want to take care of this camera because it is expensive, this camera will take abuse and live. I will be taking it on all my trips - hiking etc. After all, the best camera is the one that you have with you.
So... now I need to wrap up my df and lenses and sign on to eBay.
I've had my Q for a couple weeks now, and after uploading my first batch of photos into Lightroom on my Mac I can tell you that for the first time in my entire photography career, I am ECSTATIC about the results I'm getting from a camera.
Colors are vivid and bright. Focus is laser sharp. Beautiful film grain effects can be had at intermediate ISOs and higher. Everything about the images just POPS.
I don't mind the fixed lens at all. It's quality is superb and it's forcing me to think much differently (in a GOOD way) about how to make images. Plus it will keep me from purchasing more lenses.
This camera is also drop dead gorgeous to look at and a true joy to handle. The whisper quiet and completely vibration-free leaf shutter is amazing.
I've never been happier with a camera in 40 years of shooting. It's worth every penny, and I can't recommend it highly enough.