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Leica Q (Typ 116) Review

July 8, 2015

Overall Rating:

5

Leica Q


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Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

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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.

  • 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
  • ISO: 100-50,000
  • 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)

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