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leica q




Ultra crisp image

Low-light performance

Speedy autofocus

Overall package


Fixed lens

Video work


24 MP, full frame CMOS

Summilux 28mm f/1.7

10 fps

640 grams

RM 19,500

Q has been around since 2015 yet nothing is quite like it today and has been succeeded by itself in the guise of titanium grey, anodised silver and several special edition colours here and there. It is best practice to wait for a second generation of one of these things but after all these years, this Leica's throne doesn't seem to have been shaken one bit. While price still is prohibitive, curiosity says to find out.

leica q 2019


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First off, the Q paints 24-megapixel photographs and is paired to a 28mm Summilux lens. Hurray, a focal length familiar to iPhone users. Everyone likes speed so does the Typ 116 when it comes to start/wake times and hunting for focus. Shutters are near silent making it perfect for the streets, actually for all situations. Then there is an f/1.7 aperture lens with image stabilisation, a collusion making the Q quite the overkill. 

leica q 28mm
leica q review
leica q strap

Fujifilm X100’s electronic viewfinder has been highly praised but the one on the Q lives on a higher food chain by having 3.6 something million pixels. Equipped with a vivid screen with touch-to-focus functionality and a dedicated app, has Leica gone mad? It even has macro capability that can go as close as 17 centimetres and to activate macro mode is a thing of lust that can be experienced in person.

2019 leica q review
leica q battery
leica q app

The Q’s battery hatch opening and closing mechanism is a two-step process, a reminiscence to the days of film change does make it feel unnecessary. So is its menu, simple but a touch dated so it is a bit of a mess. That aside, the eye detection sensor is hyper allergic towards its own strap which does get on the nerves. Additionally, I am all for aesthetics but the d-pad is disturbingly loud when in operation.

leica q hood

" Such attention to detail..

that people behind the Q project I suspect,

dusts anything with cotton swabs "

leica q hood
leica q lens

Despite not having weather sealing, this Leica is built like a bunker made of aluminium and magnesium. In the hands, it possesses a heft which spells quality. Like every M, the Q is a tactile machine where dials click in a manner similar to a Rolex Submariner's bezel. Photographing with a Q is unlike an M10 rangefinder which has a steeper learning curve, overwhelming even. As for Sony's 35mm cameras, one can only love it as much as love can be given to a television.

leica q top

" Call it an expensive camera

or a Leica for all "

At first, the images churned by the Q look bland but don’t for a second discount it as a bad Leica. Details churned by the Maestro II processor straight off a JPEG are remarkably sharp. Skin tones are accurate at the same time, colour rendition stays true to the eye even under low light conditions. If they are not up to liking, DNG option can always be checked alongside providing yet another magnitude of detail.

leica q front

Dismissing the Q as a chav's accessory without weighing in what it actually can offer is a thing of tunnel vision because this camera performs. Criticising it as a Leica for those who cannot rely on their fingers to focus is more appropriate. Should you wish to override, the Q's manual focus delivers a wonderful experience making this a tool not for fools.

leica q black

A Leica is the very heart and soul in German fashion, some may describe it to be too flawless to adore. This being a skipping stone into the world of Leica, I suspect some may just be swayed into the game of rangefinders and that very person could be me.

The following are sample photos that are unedited, straight out of the Leica Q rendered in JPG format.

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leica q indoor
leica q macro
leica q sample photo
leica q jpeg
leica q skin tone
leica q low light
leica q photo
leica q low light
Leica Q 2018
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