Everyone is raving about it, but just what makes the Leica Q so good? Richard Sibley puts the premium compact to the test
In our Applied Imaging tests, the Leica Q reaches a respectable dynamic range of 12.6EV at ISO 100. Numbers aside, I found that even up to ISO 400 there was plenty of detail that was recoverable in the shadow areas of raw images. As the graph shows, the Leica Q has a fairly linear dynamic range pattern and falls steadily as the sensitivity increases. By the top two sensitivity settings of ISO 25,600 and 50,000, the dynamic range is 6.4 and 5.8EV with far less detail in highlight and shadows.