Leica Camera AG presents the Leica Q2 – the next-generation model of the Leica Q line of cameras.
With a newly developed full-frame sensor, a fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens, fast autofocus and OLED EVF viewfinder technology, the new model carries the performance attributes and elegant design of its predecessor into the next generation. It comes with protective sealing against dust and water spray and is equipped for shooting in all weather conditions.
The Leica Q2 features a 47.3 megapixel full frame sensor that captures both still pictures and 4K video at ISO sensitivities up to 50,000 and, together with its Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, promises great imaging performance. The initial aperture of f/1.7 guarantees optimum picture quality in even the most difficult lighting situations. The practical locking element for the choice of manual or automatic focusing and simple switching to macro mode with a close focus distance of 17 cm is located on the lens.
Thanks to the extension of the integrated digital zoom function up to 75 mm, users now enjoy even more flexibility for composing their pictures. In addition to the uncropped 28 mm focal length of the camera lens, a crop factor can be chosen to simulate exposures made with focal lengths of 35, 50 or 75 millimetres. The selected crop is displayed as a bright-line frame in the viewfinder and on the rear display panel. The cropped image from the framing selected is saved in JPEG format with correspondingly reduced resolutions of 47.3, 30, 14.7, or 6.6 megapixels. The uncropped image is always saved simultaneously as a DNG file with the full resolution of 47.3 megapixels.
The Leica Q2 also features an OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels.
The autofocus system of the Leica Q2 focuses on the subject in less than 0.15 seconds, and makes it one of the fastest cameras in its class. Improvements to the processor from the Maestro II family have enabled a higher sequential shooting rate with a 10 frames per second at the full resolution of 47.3 MP. The range of creative options has been further expanded by the new video mode with 4K resolution. Video recordings can be made with 3840 x 2160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps or, alternatively, in the familiar full HD format with 120, 60, 30 or 24 frames per second. In combination with the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to share pictures and video in social media, change numerous camera settings from a smartphone or even or even remotely control the shutter release of the Leica Q2. Thanks to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), a permanent connection is established between camera and smartphone.
A range of optional accessories is also available for the Leica Q2. These include, for example, Protectors and carrying straps in leather in the colours black and brown, and an opportunity to add a fashionable touch with versions in red and pink. The new ‘Ettas’ line of soft, coated canvas pouches for various Leica camera models will also be launched on the same date as the Leica Q2. The pouches will initially be available in the colours midnight blue, stone grey and red, and will be followed later by a range of other versions. The range 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, an additional thumb rest and a handgrip.
The Leica Q2 is on sale from today for $3,995.