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Leica Q2 Sensor Review and Test Results

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DxOMark have published their Leica Q2 sensor review and test results recently. The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera sporting a new 47.3MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. According to DxOMark, the score for the Leica Q2 full frame sensor is 96.

Leica has paired the sensor with an updated Maestro processing engine to enable a sensitivity range of ISO 50–50,000, a maximum continuous shooting rate of up to 20fps with the electronic shutter, and 4K (3840 x2160) video recording at 24/30fps (or C4K 4096 x 2160 at 24p).

The US price for Leica Q2 is $4,995.00, and available at B&H Photo/Adorama.

DxOMark just published their analysis of the Leica Q2 camera sensor. Here is their conclusion:

Although at one point compact cameras routinely accepted 35mm film, full-frame compact digital cameras are very rare. The Leica Q2 has a high-resolution sensor that puts it on par with Panasonic’s flagship Lumix DC-S1R, and although it doesn’t quite match that camera’s stellar performance, it’s clear that the Q2 is capable of producing superb-quality images—so much so that it ranks in the top 10 of all the cameras we have tested, with its strongest suit being its ability to render color well. This, combined with its extreme portability, makes the Q2 a very attractive option for landscape, street, and travel photographers.

Press release:

PARIS – June 5, 2019 – DxOMark has just published the results of its in-depth analysis of the Leica Q2 camera sensor.

The Leica Q2 (Type 4889) is the high-resolution update to the Leica Q (Type 116). As such, the Q2 is a full-frame compact camera whose sensor has an effective pixel count of 47.3 million, and its fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens has been tailored to suit this higher resolution.

The Leica Q2’s sensor achieved an overall score of 96 in our tests, which puts it in 10th position in our sensor ranking, and in second place among compact cameras. The Q2’s strongest sub-score is for Portrait (color depth), which hits a peak of 26.4 bits, the 4th-highest value we’ve measured for any sensor—including medium-format units.

Leica Q2 Key Features

  • New 47-megapixel full-frame image sensor (up from the Q’s 24 megapixels)
  • ISO 50-50,000 range (compared to ISO 100-50,000 on the Q)
  • Refined camera body design with weather sealing
  • New OLED electronic viewfinder with 3.68-megapixel resolution
  • Fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens
  • 35mm, 50mm and 75mm digital crop modes (the 75mm is new to the Q2)
  • New Maestro II image processor powering 10 frames per second continuous shooting with autofocus
  • 4K UHD and Cinema 4K video recording (the Q’s video topped out at Full HD resolution)
  • New UHS-II support
  • New battery design offering 30 percent increased battery life over the Q
  • Built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi (the inclusion of Bluetooth is new)

Check out Leica Q2 Full Specifications

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