Everyone is raving about it, but just what makes the Leica Q so good? Richard Sibley puts the premium compact to the test

Product Overview

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Leica Q

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  • + Premium build and construction
  • + Superb electronic viewfinder
  • + Fast AF especially with touchscreen
  • + Excellent black and white mode


  • - High price
  • - No external microphone socket for video


Leica Q (Typ 116) Review


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Full Specification


Sensor:24.2-million-pixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
Output size:6,000 x 4,000
Focal length mag:1x
Lens mount:n/a
Shutter speed:30secs-1/16,000sec
Exposure modes:PASM + 11 scene modes
Metering system:Evaluative, centre, spot
Exposure comp.:±3EV in 1/3 stops
Drive mode:Up to 10fps
Video:Full 1080p at 60 or 30fps
Viewfinder:3.68-million-dot EVF
Display:3in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen
Focusing:Contrast detection
External mic:No
Memory card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power:BP-DC12 Li-ion battery
Dimensions:130 x 80 x 93mm
Weight:640g (inc batteries)
  1. 1. Leica Q (Typ 116) Review – Features
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Autofocus
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.7 Asph lens
  6. 6. Image Quality
  7. 7. Dynamic Range
  8. 8. ISO Sensitivity and Noise
  9. 9. Verdict
  10. 10. Full Specification
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  • foto2021

    I think what makes the Leica Q if not a bargain, at least very good value, is that the 28mm f/2 Leica Summicron-M lens for the M rangefinder bodies costs £3150. The Q offers a faster 28mm f/1.7 Summilux and a very sophisticated camera body, all for £250 less than the cost of the Summicron alone.