Leica Q2

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    Highlights

    • 47.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 100 - 100,000 Native ISO
    • 49 Focus Points
    • Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,040k dot Fixed Screen
    • 3,686k dot Electronic Viewfinder
    • 20.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 4096 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Leica Q2 was announced in 2019 and is a Full Frame (36 x 24 mm) Advanced Compact camera with 47.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 100,000. The camera has a Fixed 3.0" screen with 1,040k dot resolution and built-in Electronic viewfinder with 3,686k dot resolution. It has an image stabilization.

    Leica Q2 can capture video up to 4096 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Leica Q series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Leica Q series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Leica Q3 May
    2023
    60.3 MP
    Full Frame
    50 - 100,000 Tilting 3.0"
    1,843k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q2 Monochrom November
    2020
    47.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 100,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q2 March
    2019
    47.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 100,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q-P November
    2018
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    [] Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Leica Q Typ 116 June
    2015
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 50,000 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Leica Q3 vs Q2 Monochrom vs Q2 vs Q-P vs Q.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Leica Q2.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 47.3 Megapixel
    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 3,686k dot
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/40000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 20.0 fps
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/500 sec
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 96
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging

    CONS

    •   Expensive
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
    •   No HDMI Output
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   49 Focus Points
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   Weight - 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Leica Q2 to its predecessor Q-P and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Leica Q2 vs Leica Q-P
    Higher Sensor Resolution 47.3 Megapixel vs 24.2 Megapixel
    Max Image Resolution 8368 x 5584 vs 6000 x 4000
    Higher Resolution Viewfinder 3,686k dot vs 3,680k dot
    Lower Min Shutter Speed 60 sec vs 30 sec
    Higher Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) 1/40000 sec vs 1/16000 sec
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 20.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Higher Video Resolution 4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
    Built-in Microphone Stereo vs Mono
    Built-In Bluetooth vs
    Environmental Sealing vs
    DOWNGRADES Leica Q2 vs Leica Q-P
    HDMI Output vs
    Heavier 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz) vs 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Leica Q2 vs Q-P.

    Successor

    In 2023 Leica Q2 was replaced by Leica Q3. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Leica Q2 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Leica Q3 vs Leica Q2
    Sensor Type BSI-CMOS vs CMOS
    Higher Sensor Resolution 60.3 Megapixel vs 47.3 Megapixel
    Lower Native ISO 50 vs 100
    Max Image Resolution 9520 x 6336 vs 8368 x 5584
    More Focus Points 315 vs 49
    Phase Detection for Autofocus vs
    Screen Type Tilting vs Fixed
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,843k dot vs 1,040k dot
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.79x vs 0.76x
    Higher Resolution Viewfinder 5,760k dot vs 3,686k dot
    Lower Min Shutter Speed 120 sec vs 60 sec
    HDMI Output Micro vs
    DOWNGRADES Leica Q3 vs Leica Q2
    More Expensive $5995 vs $4995
    Video Capture vs
    Lower Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) 1/16000 sec vs 1/40000 sec
    Lower Max Continuous Shooting 15.0 fps vs 20.0 fps
    Heavier 743 g (1.64 lb / 26.21 oz) vs 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)
    Shorter Battery Life 350 shots vs 370 shots

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Leica Q2 vs Q3.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fixed Touchscreen

    Leica Q2 has a 3.0" Fixed touchscreen with 1,040k dot resolution.


    Electronic Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic viewfinder with 3,686k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.76x magnification.

    Sensor

    Leica Q2 features a 47.3 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 36 x 24 mm and a total area of 864 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 100,000.

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Maestro II processor and can take pictures up to 8368 x 5584 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like 28mm: 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 with 3:2 aspect ratios.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    Image Stabilization

    The camera has an image stabilization.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Leica Q2.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input

    Leica Q2 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer and battery charging.


    Battery

    Leica Q2 comes with BP-SCL4 battery pack with battery life of 370 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Leica Q2's shutter speed can go up to 1/40000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/2000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 20.0 fps.


    Flash

    Leica Q2 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Shoe Mount. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/500 sec.

    Physical Parameters

    Leica Q2 has dimensions of 130 x 80 x 92 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.62"). It weighs 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    130 mm (5.12")

    80 mm (3.15")

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    92 mm (3.62")

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    Leica Q2 dimensions

    Leica Q2 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Leica Q2 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Leica Q2 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Leica Q2 gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Sports photography.

    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   49 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 3,686k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 20.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Leica Q2 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   49 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 3,686k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 20.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    91

    Leica Q2 gets a score of 91 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   49 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/500 sec

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    88

    Leica Q2 gets a score of 88 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   49 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Leica Q2 gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots

    Leica Q2 Evaluation

    We evaluate Leica Q2 and give score of 80 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    80

    Sensor

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 87 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 47.3 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 96

    Photo

    GOOD
    81

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 81 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/40000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 20.0 fps
    •   High Flash Sync Speed - 1/500 sec

    Video

    AVERAGE
    59

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 59 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160

    Focusing

    GOOD
    82

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 82 for Focusing parameters.

    •   49 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    85

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 85 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   High Resolution Viewfinder - 3,686k dot

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    75

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 75 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   No HDMI Output
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    70

    We give Leica Q2 a score of 70 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots


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