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

Overall rating:

Leica Q

AWB Colour:
Dynamic Range:
LCD viewfinder:


  • + 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


Dynamic Range

Leica Q DR

Leica Q dynamic range

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.

  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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