Leica Q2 Officially Announced, Price $4,995

Leica now officially announced the Q2 full frame compact camera, the Q2 offers a 47.3MP full-frame sensor capable of DCI and UHD 4K video recording, and sticks with the stabilized 28mm F1.7 offered on the first Q. The US price for Leica Q2 is $4,995.00, now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video/Adorama.

Product Highlights

  • 47.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
  • 3.68MP OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • DCI 4K24p, UHD 4K30p, Full HD 120p Video
  • ISO 50-50000, up to 10-fps Shooting
  • 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm Crop Modes
  • Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Leica Q2: The Highly Anticipated Sequel to a Modern Milestone from Leica Camera

Achieve unparalleled photographic results in the most accessible way with Leica’s latest innovation

March 7, 2019 – Leica Camera raises the bar with the introduction of the Leica Q2 camera. Keeping consumer feedback top of mind following the immensely successful Leica Q, the Leica Q2 offers photographers expanded creative freedom via unprecedented imaging quality, added weather protection, an upgraded viewfinder, supremely precise autofocus and more. The Leica Q2 is the quintessential tool for available light photography, rain or shine, that promises to carry the torch of its predecessor forward to new heights and possibilities without making sacrifices.

Superior Imaging Quality Meets Unmatched Versatility
As with any Leica Camera, exceptional image quality reigns supreme, allowing photographers to consistently capture show-stopping imagery. The new Leica Q2’s full frame sensor is the highest resolution sensor in its class at 47.3 megapixels, offering users more resolution than the original Leica Q, and captures both impeccably detailed still pictures and 4K video. Together with its Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, the Q2 ensures all-around exceptional imaging performance. This top-tier Leica optic guarantees optimum picture quality with exquisite bokeh characteristics in even the most difficult lighting scenarios.

With its high resolving power matched to its high-resolution sensor, the Leica Q2 goes beyond the conventional use cases of a 28 mm focal length via its built-in crop functions for equivalent focal lengths of 35 mm, 50 mm, and the newly available 75 mm – bringing with it more possibilities in the world of portraiture and close-up work. Thanks to the software design ingenuity of Leica engineers, when shooting cropped DNG files the full sensor image is still recorded, allowing photographers to undo or change the crop after the fact.

The Leica Q2 also adds 4K UHD and Cine4K video recording to its arsenal of features, with myriad frame rate options across 4K and 1080p, giving users impressive video recording from such a large sensor on the go to document memories or record short films.

Exceptional Quality and User Handling
The design of the Leica Q2 carries forward the Leica tradition of reduction to the essentials. The ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality guarantees that only the finest and most resilient materials are employed in its construction. The distinctive thumb rest of the new Leica Q2 and the sophisticated diamond pattern of its leather trim ensure optimum grip and highlight the symbiosis of function and form.

Also new is the camera’s uniquely intuitive handling concept, following refined design language cues established from its brethren in the Leica M10 and Leica CL families – such as the single-stage On/Off switch, simplified three-button interface on the rear of the camera and programmable button within the thumb wheel dial. A new highlight of the Leica Q2 layout is the push-button diopter compensation dial on the back of the camera that locks and prevents accidental changes to the user’s desired setting. Every refinement, both large and small, pushes Leica’s design forward without losing sight of the core philosophy of the camera.

Following in-tune with impeccably intuitive user handling, in combination with the Leica FOTOS App, the camera’s integrated Wi-Fi module makes it possible to quickly and easily share pictures and video via social media. Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) enables a permanent connection to be established between camera and smartphone, making it possible for user to remotely wake the camera and connect any time when in range.

Make It Your Own With Accessories
A comprehensive and stylish range of optional accessories is also available for the Leica Q2. These include matching camera protector cases and carrying straps in premium-quality classic black and brown leather, and more vibrant versions in red and pink. The elegant new ‘Ettas’ line of soft, coated canvas pouches for various Leica camera models will also be launched at the same time as the Leica Q2. The pouches will initially be available in midnight blue, stone gray and red colorways, with more still to come. The accessory selection 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 and an additional add-on thumb rest and handgrip. All accessories are functionally designed for easy handling, perfectly matching the quality and design of the camera and are manufactured from only the finest materials to ensure reliability for a lifetime of use.

An exhibition of Leica Q2 photography is on view at the Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York City for a limited engagement of 24-hours on March 7th featuring the works of Hiram Garcia, President of Production of Seven Bucks Production and film/television producer. The series, titled ‘Behind the Seen’, is a diverse collection of images that strive to highlight the beauty and intrigue of the movie industry and marks Garcia’s debut photographic gallery exhibition. Garcia’s ‘Behind the Seen’ is the first and only exhibition worldwide shot exclusively on the new Leica Q2 camera.

The Leica Q2 is on sale beginning today at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers. The camera will be sold in black paint finish for $4,995.

Leica Q2 specifications
Price
MSRP $4995
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution 8368 x 5584
Other resolutions 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
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 47 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 50 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 50-50000
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F1.7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv), 2x (75mm))
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 17 cm (6.69)
Number of focus points 49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/40000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Sport
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Night portrait
  • Snow/beach
  • Fireworks
  • Candlelight
  • Sunset
  • Digiscoping
  • Miniature effect
  • Panorama
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hotshoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/2000 sec
Continuous drive 20.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p
Format MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB charging No
HDMI No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (IP52 rated)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-SCL4
Battery Life (CIPA) 370
Weight (inc. batteries) 718 g (1.58 lb / 25.33 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.62)
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None