Leica Announces Leica Q2


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Leica Camera AG today has announced the new Leica Q2 - offering a 47.3MP full-frame sensor (over the Leica Q 24.2MP sensor) capable of DCI and UHD 4K video recording. The lens remains a 28mm f/1.7 (with built-in crops to simulate other focal lengths). The EVF has been upgraded from a field-sequential LCD to an OLED panel with 3.68M dots. The Leica Q2 is the same size as the Leica Q but boasts the same IP52 weather-resistance rating as the Leica SL with a new internal structure to support weather sealing. The camera's controls have been somewhat simplified, and drive mode options have been removed from the power switch. WiFi and Bluetooth are both available and finally, the Leica Q2 gets a higher-capacity battery (also from the Leica SL), getting up to 370 shots per charge. The price comes in at $4,995 USD.

Main Features & Key Benefits

  • Newly developed 47.3 MP full frame sensor
  • Crop modes of 30 MP at 35 mm, 15 MP at 50 mm, and 7 MP at 75 mm
  • Fully weather-sealed
  • 3.68 MP OLED EVF
  • Fixed Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens
  • New Maestro II processor
  • Fast autofocus and 10 fps burst shooting
  • 4K video with UHD and Cine4K resolutions
  • Refined control elements inspired by the Leica M10 and CL
  • Made in Germany for the most premium quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) for easier pairing with Leica FOTOS and a continuous connection
  • The perfect everyday-carry lightweight travel companion with image quality capable of pro-level output

Press Release

Leica Q2: The Highly Anticipated Sequel to a Modern Milestone from Leica Camera
Achieve unparalleled photographic results in the most accessible way with Leica’s latest innovation

March 7, 2019 – Leica Camera raises the bar with the introduction of the Leica Q2 camera. Keeping consumer feedback top of mind following the immensely successful Leica Q, the Leica Q2 offers photographers expanded creative freedom via unprecedented imaging quality, added weather protection, an upgraded viewfinder, supremely precise autofocus and more. The Leica Q2 is the quintessential tool for available light photography, rain or shine, that promises to carry the torch of its predecessor forward to new heights and possibilities without making sacrifices.

Superior Imaging Quality Meets Unmatched Versatility
As with any Leica Camera, exceptional image quality reigns supreme, allowing photographers to consistently capture show-stopping imagery. The new Leica Q2’s full frame sensor is the highest resolution sensor in its class at 47.3 megapixels, offering users more resolution than the original Leica Q, and captures both impeccably detailed still pictures and 4K video. Together with its Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, the Q2 ensures all-around exceptional imaging performance. This top-tier Leica optic guarantees optimum picture quality with exquisite bokeh characteristics in even the most difficult lighting scenarios.

With its high resolving power matched to its high-resolution sensor, the Leica Q2 goes beyond the conventional use cases of a 28 mm focal length via its built-in crop functions for equivalent focal lengths of 35 mm, 50 mm, and the newly available 75 mm – bringing with it more possibilities in the world of portraiture and close-up work. Thanks to the software design ingenuity of Leica engineers, when shooting cropped DNG files the full sensor image is still recorded, allowing photographers to undo or change the crop after the fact.

The Leica Q2 also adds 4K UHD and Cine4K video recording to its arsenal of features, with myriad frame rate options across 4K and 1080p, giving users impressive video recording from such a large sensor on the go to document memories or record short films.

Exceptional Quality and User Handling
The design of the Leica Q2 carries forward the Leica tradition of reduction to the essentials. The ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are employed in its construction. The distinctive thumb rest of the new Leica Q2 and the sophisticated diamond pattern of its leather trim ensure optimum grip and highlight the symbiosis of function and form.

Also new is the camera’s uniquely intuitive handling concept, following refined design language cues established from its brethren in the Leica M10 and Leica CL families – such as the single-stage On/Off switch, simplified three-button interface on the rear of the camera and programmable button within the thumb wheel dial. A new highlight of the Leica Q2 layout is the push-button diopter compensation dial on the back of the camera that locks and prevents accidental changes to the user’s desired setting. Every refinement, both large and small, pushes Leica’s design forward without losing sight of the core philosophy of the camera.

Following in-tune with impeccably intuitive user handling, in combination with the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to quickly and easily share pictures and video via social media. Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) enables a permanent connection to be established between camera and smartphone, making it possible for user to remotely wake the camera and connect any time when in range.

Make It Your Own With Accessories
A comprehensive and stylish range of optional accessories is also available for the Leica Q2. These include matching camera protector cases and carrying straps in premium-quality classic black and brown leather, and more vibrant versions in red and pink. The elegant new ‘Ettas’ line of soft, coated canvas pouches for various Leica camera models will also be launched at the same time as the Leica Q2. The pouches will initially be available in midnight blue, stone gray and red colorways, with more still to come. The accessory selection also includes technical equipment for the Leica Q2 such as the Leica SF 40, SF 60 flash units, the SF C1 remote flash control unit and an additional add-on thumb rest and handgrip. All accessories are functionally designed for easy handling, perfectly matching the quality and design of the camera and are manufactured from only the finest materials to ensure reliability for a lifetime of use.

An exhibition of Leica Q2 photography is on view at the Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York City for a limited engagement of 24-hours on March 7th featuring the works of Hiram Garcia, President of Production of Seven Bucks Production and film/television producer. The series, titled ‘Behind the Seen’, is a diverse collection of images that strive to highlight the beauty and intrigue of the movie industry and marks Garcia’s debut photographic gallery exhibition. Garcia’s ‘Behind the Seen’ is the first and only exhibition worldwide shot exclusively on the new Leica Q2 camera.

The Leica Q2 is on sale beginning today at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers. The camera will be sold in black paint finish for $4,995.

Product Images

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Comparison

Leica Q
Leica Q2
Resolution
24 megapixels
47 megapixels
Weather Sealed
No
Yes
Dimensions
130x80x93mm
130x80x91.9mm
Weight (with battery)
640 grams
718 grams
FN Buttons
1
2
Crop Modes
35mm, 50mm
35mm, 50mm, 75mm
Max Shutter Speed
1/16,000th
1/40,000th
ISO
100-50,000
50-50,000
Video
1920 x 1080 p with 60 or 30 fps. HD: 1280 x 720 p with 30 fps.
4K: 30 or 24 fps / Cine4K: 24 fps / Full HD 24, 30, 60 or 120 fps
Bluetooth LE
No
Yes
Battery
BP-DC12
BP-SCL 4
OLED EVF
No
Yes, with improved eye relief
Locking Diopter
No
Yes
SD UHS II
Same performance as UHS I
Over 50% faster buffer clear with UHS II

Specifications

Price
MSRP$4995
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution8368 x 5584
Other resolutions28mm: 6000 x 4000, 4272 x 2848 | 35mm: 6704 x 4472, 4800 x 3200, 3424 x 2288 | 50mm: 4688 x 3128, 3360 x 2240, 2400 x 1600 | 75mm: 3136 x 2096, 2240 x 1496, 1600 x 1072
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels47 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors50 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 50-50000
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF1.7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv), 2x (75mm))
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range17 cm (6.69)
Number of focus points49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/40000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Sport
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Night portrait
  • Snow/beach
  • Fireworks
  • Candlelight
  • Sunset
  • Digiscoping
  • Miniature effect
  • Panorama
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hotshoe)
Flash X sync speed1/2000 sec
Continuous drive20.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p
FormatMPEG-4
MicrophoneStereo
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB chargingNo
HDMINo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesWiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (IP52 rated)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP-SCL4
Battery Life (CIPA)370
Weight (inc. batteries)718 g (1.58 lb / 25.33 oz)
Dimensions130 x 80 x 92 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.62)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone