German camera maker Leica has launched an upgraded model of the first generation Leica Q launched in 2015. The new Leica Q2 packs some improved specs and features. Let’s take a detailed look below:
Like the first generation Q, the Q2 also sports a full-frame sensor and a non-removable 28mm f/1.7 Summilux lens. Leica cameras are known for their minimalistic design and the Q2 is no different. The company claims that the Q2 is equipped with protective sealing against dust and water spray and is ideal for shooting in all weather conditions. The shutter release button on the camera comes with only an on/off function. There is a new thumb rest on the back. The Q2 features a 3.68MP OLED viewfinder and a 3-inch display with touch functionality.
As for the technicalities, the Leica Q2 features a 48MP sensor instead of a 24MP as seen on its predecessor. The new sensor has a super low native ISO of 50 that goes up to 50,000. The camera by default supports the original 28mm focal length. Additionally, it has a cropped shooting mode that simulates shooting at common focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm and 75mm. Leica states that Q2 is the perfect companion for streets, architecture, landscapes and portrait photography.
Leica has also improved the autofocus system on the Q2 that is touted to lock focus on the subject in 0.15 seconds. The camera is capable of shooting 10 frames per second. Leica has also bumped the video recording capabilities of Q2 to 4K UHD at 30fps. It’s a step up from its predecessor’s HD video recording.
Connectivity-wise, the Leica Q2 features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE support. It comes with a Leica Fotos app that allows users to share photos and videos on social media and remotely control the shutter of the camera. The Leica Q2 runs on a 1,860mAh battery.
Pricing & Availability:
Leica announced that the Q2 will go on sale in India in mid-April. The camera carries a price tag of $4,995 (roughly Rs 3,50,000) and is already on sale in the US.