It is possible to tease out more detail out of the shadows if desired with both cameras. The manual focus was extremely accurate and the EVF was simple and natural to use. Easy to see rectangles highlight the lens framing similar to the Leica M10 rangefinder. The Leica Q2 is an impressively capable fixed-lens, full-frame camera with a 47MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. Does it have a home in my bag? In this section, we rank and compare Leica Q2 and Leica Q for five different photography types in order to make your decision process easier in case you are specifically interested in one or more of these areas. While these are minor issues, here are a couple quirks about the Q2. So size and weight are very important. In this difficult lighting with bright snow and dark shadows, both cameras performed well. As befits the Leica red dot and £4250 price tag, the Q2 is built like a tank, and its metal-shelled body is now sealed against dust and water to the IP 52 standard. I will not give up my Leica M10. With 48 MP, the digital zoom takes exceptional images. Clearly blowing these images up with the M10 provides better resolution. Q2, 28mm Lux cropped to 35mm, ISO 100, f8, 1/640 sec. $5,395.00 $ 5,395. Considering a Leica M10 is around $7k (and lenses cost around $2000+), the Q2 is a better value. The brightness of the snow makes the shadows very dark. Notice you can see the ropes of the glider. A wild flower in Papigo, Greece. When I took a raft down the Grand Canyon I left my M10 at home because of sand and water. It is weatherproof. The website Photonstophotos provides interesting interactive charts to graphically represent the technical performance of the sensors for both noise and dynamic range. At night this proved difficult. Photography is now an activity we can do together. Macro Photography. The next sequence of images really shows the image quality that both cameras produce in handheld shooting. You can inspect the full resolution images here. The Leica Q2's newly developed 47.3 megapixel full frame sensor boasts the highest resolution in its class. I love using my Leica M10. The colors look a bit different. The Leica Q2, which like its predecessor has an attached (i.e. I notice a difference in color between the Q2 and M10 images that is perhaps attributed to white balance or camera color profiles. The adoption of the BP-SCL4 battery from the Leica SL boosts battery life by 30% over the original Leica Q, and its built-in rubber gasket further helps seal the Q2. To my eyes the Leica M10 colors appear cooler and the Leica Q2 colors a bit warmer in these images. My wife always shot the Q2 in automatic mode. For the first images I used 50 ISO for the Q2 and 100 ISO for the M10 based on the testing data in the charts above. The first two images are of a Matterhorn hiking trail. In summary, the Q2 has a slot in my camera bag …next to the M10. On the other hand, since Leica Q has 94% larger pixel area (36.00µm2 vs 18.49µm2) compared to Leica Q2, it has larger pixel area to collect light hence potential to have less noise in low light / High ISO images. Still, I think the 3200 ISO performed quite well with both cameras. | Full frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS Sensor. Rick has decades of photography experience. Cropped to 738x493 pixels trying to match the magnification of the 90mm crop. For the past 5 years, the Leica M (M240 and M10) was my camera of choice. Factors such as the optical elements, low pass filter, pixel size and sensor technology also affects the final resolution of the captured image. There is also a face detection AF mode and a single field mode. The Q2 is capable of making images to compete with many medium format digital cameras, all in a package you can slip into a coat pocket. Combined with the crop mode (you can use the crop mode in 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm)— you have so many more interesting new photo opportunities! To change ISO you use the menu controls. Follow Photojournalist ournalist Robert Caplin as he shares his thoughts and does some street shooting with the new Leica Q2. Very underexposed. You can see the effect of using a lens rather than digital zoom. I enjoyed walking with it in the rain more than once. My initial impressions were positive, but would this small beautiful camera perform? Could the new Leica Q2 fill some needs that the Leica M10 missed? As you can see, Q Typ 116 is 4 years older than Q2. I found the “spot focus” mode more to my liking. As an engineer, I like these charts. With its weather sealed body, we believe that Q2 has a big advantage over Q Typ 116 which doesn't provide any kind of environmental sealing. All of these comparison images on this page are at a reduced resolution to speed the loading of the web page. Both cameras feel natural and comfortable in my hands as I compose an image and release the shutter. The light conditions were extreme with the bright snow and the dramatic sky. Leica cameras continue to amaze me! You can see a sampling of my photography in the galleries section of this site. Leica Q2 and Leica Q have sensor sizes so they will provide same level of control over the depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture. Click on the score chart above to open the Leica Q2 product page The Leica Q2’s sensor achieved an overall score of 96 in our tests, which puts it in 10th position in our sensor ranking, and in second place among compact cameras, sitting just behind the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. Notice you can see the ropes of the glider. I’ll take the Q2 on raft trips or use it in difficult weather when I would leave the M10 home. The images below are from the Swiss village of Horgen. These images were shot from Baluherd above Zermatt looking towards the Matterhorn. Camera overview; Leica S-System. Here is a brief look at the main features of Leica Q2 and Leica Q before getting into our more detailed comparison. Did you know that Leica Store Miami accepts a wide variety of used equipment for trade-in towards the purchase of Leica gear? We offer 80% of fair market value towards your order. Well, it allows the photoreceptors (also referred to as pixels) to be larger than they would be o… These images were taken at the Kulm Hotel high above Zermatt at 10,170 feet. ABONNEMENT À LEICA NEWS Abonnez-vous à Leica News. You can start to see the effect of the reduced resolution of digital zoom when cropping tightly. ISO 3200 Leica Q2 f1.7 1/50th The only real competition for the Q2 is the Sony RX1Rii, a 42mp camera announced in 2015 (only 4 or 5 months after the original Q). If there are specific items you wish to cover, shoot him an email at email@example.com. Q2, 100 ISO, f 8.0, 1.6 sec with tripod, WB as shot, 35mm digital zoom, Q2, 100 ISO, cropped tight to show detail, Q2, 3200 ISO, f 8.0, 1.6 sec with tripod, WB as shot, 35mm digital zoom, Q2, 3200 ISO, cropped tight to show detail, M10, ISO 100, f 9.5, 2.0 sec with tripod, WB as shot, 35mm Summilux, M10, 100 ISO, cropped tight to show detail, M10, ISO 3200, f 9.5, 1/12 sec with tripod, WB as shot, 35mm Summilux, M10, 3200 ISO, cropped tight to show detail. It would be nice to have a more secure attachment for the lens cap. The four-way pad does what it is intended to do — it scrolls through menus, it moves the focus point around the screen. I like the colors with the Leica M10 a little more but they are both pleasant images. This really shows the quality of both Leica cameras and the lenses. It also now assumes the position as the highest-scoring Leica camera sensor, taking over from the Leica SL. Included are screenshots of the Lightroom settings for the photo for before and after processing. You can print your images larger or crop more freely. I used the Leica M10 camera profile in Lightroom. The effect of increased resolution using an optical lens on the 24MP sensor with the Leica M10 is clear. More photo opportunities with macro mode! It appears he had the exposure set on the candle or the light because the scene is very dark. The Q2 will never replace my M10, but it is an excellent camera. The Leica Q2 is not so easy. For these comparison images I used “as shot” for most of them. A Tesla is quiet and drives itself. I suggest having a deliberate mechanism like a mechanical switch to toggle between photo and video. The Leica Q2 is easy for just about anyone. But I definitely found it easier to use the Leica M10 because of the focus. Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs. Here is a summary of how Leica Q2 and Leica Q scores compare: Leica Q2 has a higher Overall Score than the Leica Q and would be our choice if we have to decide between these two cameras. I love the M because there is nothing like it. Leica Q2 was introduced to market in March 2019 and Leica Q was launched in June 2015. When I publish an image on the web I usually scale to 2000 pixels on the long side to reduce file size and load time. To obtain a quote for your items, you can fill out our trade-in form here: Leica Trade … I focused on the climber statue with the lens wide open to get maximum bokeh. There is not a Leica Q2 profile in Lightroom so it used the embedded profile in the camera. Mentioned previously in the Night Photography section. To my eye, all these daylight images all look quite nice. non-interchangeable) prime lens, features a sturdy splash/dustproof construction, 4K video, an all-new OLED viewfinder and an improved Maestro image signal processor that has a base of ISO 50. Fast forward three years and we now have the Q2, with improvements that made the already excellent camera, even better. While every photographer has their own personal processing philosophy, I believe that digital darkroom is part of digital photography. Most are published on the web. As used f8 to get a deep depth of field bringing both the tree and the church steeple in focus. But my wife finds the Leica M10 frustrating since it is manual focus and requires knowledge and skill to use properly. Something that we never never did before. Leica S-System A class of its own Leica S3 64 Megapixel During our European travels she enjoyed using the Leica Q2. The simple but deliberate AF lock is located on the focus ring. White balance was “as shot” with both images. The charts indicate the 50 ISO Leica Q2 is about the same performance as the 200 ISO Leica M10. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. f2.8 - 1/160 sec. The autofocus has a couple different modes. I always shoot in RAW (DNG) and use Lightroom for my digital darkroom processing. I ended up focusing on the moon with the Leica Q2. But what do these charts “really mean?” Can you see the noise? But I also enjoy adventure nature and street photography. Both cameras have a wide angle coverage of 28mm and have the same max aperture of f1.70 at this focal length. The reason I wanted to shoot the Q2 is that the Q and the Q2, in general, has received some mixed reviews both good and bad from Leica M purists but also has a very loyal and devoted cult following.So I was curious as to how it would compare to the M series of Leica cameras which is what I trained on and also have become immensely familiar with to the point of it being an extension of myself. The new Leica Q2 next to my trusted Leica M10. This feels quite close to my Leica M10. This comparison isn’t exactly fair, the advantage goes to the M10 with the 90mm lens but it is the best comparison I could do with my equipment. Leica just launched the Leica Q2, a 47.3MP compact camera that's the successor to the popular full-frame Leica Q from 2015. In auto mode it really is a point and shoot. These images from a store contain a plethora of color and seem a reasonable test. In this mode the camera chooses something in the foreground to focus on. Instead, this review is intended to describe how a Leica M10 lover (me) perceives and uses the new Leica Q2. The new Q2 is easily the most impressive compact camera on the market, and to be honest, labeling it that will make most photographers shrug it off yet it has simply so much more to offer. To see the effect of the increased resolution I cropped both images very tight of the Matterhorn summit to have an equivalent zoom.