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Leica Q sensor review: Leica’s best low-light camera

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday December 29 2015

Sensor Review
Introduction | Measurements: Excellent low-light score | Leica Q Typ 116 vs Leica M Typ 240 vs Leica M9 P: Impressive High-ISO DR | Leica Q Typ 116 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R vs Sony A7R II: Strong performance | Conclusion
Leica Q sensor review: Leica’s best low-light camera

The Leica Q borrows heavily from the Leica rangefinder form, yet dispenses with tradition by adopting a fixed 28mm Summilux lens developed especially for a new full-frame 24-Mpix CMOS sensor, and features the highest-resolution electronic viewfinder to date. Read on to find out how well this new intriguing new addition to the lineup performs.

Leica is arguably best known as a manufacturer of rangefinder cameras, and the design and layout of the Leica Q takes its cue from the Leica M series. Although the Leica Q shuns the rangefinder mechanism for focusing, like its sibling the Leica M, it is a full-frame model with a new 24-Mpix CMOS sensor sans AA filter and a fixed 28mm f1.7 ASPH lens. Developed specifically for the Leica Q, the f1.7 Summilux lens features both aperture and focus rings and focuses to just 17cm in macro mode.

With no rangefinder or optical viewfinder, the Leica Q features an EVF instead. But it’s no ordinary finder: with a 3.68m-dot resolution, the Leica Q boasts the current highest-resolution electronic viewfinder available. And to the rear, it features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 1.04m-dot resolution. In addition, the Leica Q adopts a Maestro II class processor (previously found on the Leica S) that delivers sensitivity up to ISO 50000, continuous shooting to 10 fps, and 1080/60p video recording. The Leica Q measures 5.1 x 3.1 x 3.7” / 130 x 88 x 93mm and weighs 22.58 oz / 640g, body only. It is available now at a price of $4,250 (USD).

Measurements: Excellent low-light score

Leica Q Typ 116 vs Leica M Typ 240 vs Leica M9 P:  Impressive High-ISO DR

Leica Q Typ 116 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R vs Sony A7R II: Strong performance

Conclusion