Leica Unveils the Q, a Fast, Full Frame Compact

June 10, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Leica is going after full frame photographers with the new Q (Typ 116) compact camera. 

The Q features a 24-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of capturing 14-bit color and 13 stops of dynamic range. 

For optics, you’ll enjoy a fixed 28mm Lecia Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens with optical image stabilization and a minimum aperture of f/16.

A new “digital frame selector” function displays the focal lengths of 35mm and 50mm so you can preview and save JPEG images of focal lengths beyond 28mm (the camera will also simultaneously save a DNG format image of the entire 28mm frame). A rangefinder-style bright line frame will still demarcate the 28mm frame when shooting with in the digital frame selector mode. 

A revamped processor, the Maestro II, powers the Q through 10 fps continuous shooting up to 12 RAW (DNG) frames. Leica also says the Q boasts the fastest autofocus system among full frame compact cameras.  

Additional features include:

* a 3-inch LCD display with touch focusing and swipe-to-advance on playback

*  a native ISO range of 100-50,000

* 1920x1080p60 video recording

* built-in Wi-Fi with a free Leica Q app that supports image transfers and camera control

* 3.68-megapixel electronic viewfinder with eye-sensor

* focus peaking

* mechanical shutter speeds from 30 sec. to 1/2000 sec. and electronic shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 sec.

The Q’s top plate is forged from a solid block of aluminum while the body is magnesium alloy and all the markings on the dials and lettering on the exterior are laser-engraved for greater durability.

It is shipping now for $4,250 and includes a free copy of Lightroom 6.