Leica Q2 launches with 47MP full-frame sensor and 4K video support

Joanna Estrada
March 9, 2019

Leica has announced the Q2, an update to one of our favorite cameras of the last few years, the Q (or the Typ 116 if you're a Leica aficionado).

The Q2 has a newly developed 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor (up from 24 megapixels in the Q) which is paired with the same Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens as is found in the original Q. Leica states that the sensor delivers 13 stops of dynamic range. It is also sealed against dust and water spray, features 4K video (3840 x 2160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps), wif-fi and has an ISO range that reaches 50,000. The camera can also record 1080p video at 120fps, 60fps, 30fps and 24fps. It is priced at $4,995 (approximately Rs 3,50,000) in the US.

The camera comes with a set of microphones, which support stereo audio recording. With its 47-megapixel image sensor, the Q2 also offers a new 75mm-equivalent crop mode, in addition to the existing 35mm and 50mm crop modes. The company has, however, retained the 28mm Summilux f.1.7 ASPH lens in the Q2. A marriage with the Maestro II image processing engine means that this pocket shooter is capable of 10 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution, light sensitivity of ISO50 to 50,000, and autofocus in less than 0.15 seconds.

The Leica Q2 features a new 0.5-inch OLED electronic viewfinder with an impressive resolution of 3.68 million dots, while the dioptre compensation setting dial on the back of the camera has been redesigned to prevent inadvertent shifting of the compensation value.

Leica has provided the option to save the cropped images with a correspondingly reduced resolution of 47.3, 30, 14.7, or 6.6-megapixels.

The LCD viewfinder of old has been replaced by a 3,68 million dot OLED EVF, which is activated when the camera is raised to the user's eye. The company is offering many accessories to go alongside its new Leica Q2 model, including straps and protectors made from premium leather, canvas pouches, a hand grip, and similar hardware add-ons. The cropped image is saved as a JEPG file, with an un-cropped image also automatically saved as a DNG file at full resolution. Nevertheless, the users can access the continuous shooting feature from the camera menu. The Leica Q2 shares many external similarities to its predecessor, but inside, much has changed. Besides, it measures 130x80x91.9mm and weighs 734 grams (with battery).

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