Leica Q2 Monochrom

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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 Monochrom was announced in 2020 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 Monochrom 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 Monochrom.

    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 Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Expensive
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/2000 sec
    •   No IP Streaming
    •   No HDMI Output
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots
    •   No USB Charging

    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)

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fixed Touchscreen

    Leica Q2 Monochrom 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 Monochrom 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.


    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 Monochrom.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz) 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 Monochrom has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer.


    Battery

    Leica Q2 Monochrom comes with BP-SCL4 battery pack with battery life of 350 shots.


    External Storage Slots

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

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Leica Q2 Monochrom'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 Monochrom 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 Monochrom 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 Monochrom dimensions

    Leica Q2 Monochrom 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 Monochrom is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Leica Q2 Monochrom gets a score of 89 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 Monochrom 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 - 350 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Leica Q2 Monochrom 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 - 350 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Leica Q2 Monochrom gets a score of 90 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
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Leica Q2 Monochrom gets a score of 87 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 Monochrom 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 - 350 shots

    Leica Q2 Monochrom Evaluation

    We evaluate Leica Q2 Monochrom and give score of 79 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
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    Sensor

    GOOD
    84

    We give Leica Q2 Monochrom a score of 84 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 47.3 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   100,000 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    GOOD
    81

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

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160

    Focusing

    GOOD
    82

    We give Leica Q2 Monochrom 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 Monochrom 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
    74

    We give Leica Q2 Monochrom a score of 74 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   No IP Streaming
    •   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 Monochrom a score of 70 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 350 shots


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