Leica Q2

Leica launched Leica Q back in 2015 was already a super-powerful compact camera with hefty pricing. Well, successor to that is the newly launched Leica Q2 which holds the compact design and appearance but with significant performance improvements.

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Leica Q2: Successor With 47-Megapixel Sensor

The Q2 comes with a new sensor, which is the same size as the full-frame as before but has increased the resolution from 24-megapixels to 47.3-megapixels along with a fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens, fast autofocus, and innovative OLED EVF viewfinder technology. The touchscreen on Q2 has the same specs as the prior model, but Leica says it is a newer generation panel.

Leica Q2

The new sensor comes with an upgraded processor, which enables it for a slightly expanded ISO range of 50 to 50,000, 4K video recording at 24 and 30 frames per second, and 1080p video at up to 120 frames per second, while still maintaining the snappy performance, continuous shooting, and autofocus. The Q2’s viewfinder has the same resolution as before, but it is now an OLED screen with a higher refresh rate and greater magnification.

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In addition to that, the Q2 is equipped with the same 28mm f/1.7 optically stabilized lens as before, but the new sensor allows great flexibility to crop without losing the quality. The German camera maker has added a new 75mm digital framing crop, along with 35mm and 50mm options that were available on its predecessor. According to the company, even with the 75mm crop, the Q2 can still offer a 7-megapixel image.

Externally, the camera looks identical to that of its predecessor (viz Leica Q), but if you look closely, the company has done a variety of tweaks starting from changing button placements, dials, to power switches. The Q2 also uses Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi to connect to a phone for image transfer. Mind you, there are no ports for USB, HDMI, or any other output on the body of the camera.

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The main highlight of the camera is IP52 (dust and splash resistance) protection rating. This protection will not allow you to submerge the camera but will give you peace of mind, if you want to shoot outdoor in a slight rain shower. Speaking of highlight, the Q2 has larger (upgraded) battery and the company claim to have to achieve 30 percent better battery life than before.

Leica Q2

Leica Q2 is priced at US$4,995 and is on sale from today at authorized Leica dealers. It will be available for sales in India around mid-April, pricing is yet unknown. So, what do you think about the Leica Q2, is it an ultimate compact powerful camera or a high priced overkill? share your thoughts in the comments below.


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