March 10, 2019

The Leica Q2 is an update to one of the best travel cameras around

Leica Q2 Camera Fixed-Lens Travel

The Leica Q was among a niche of high-performing fixed-lens prosumer cameras. Four years after the original release, Leica introduces the Q2. The Q-series shared the competitive landscape with only a handful of other models. These models including the Sony RX-1 and the Fujifilm x100 series, all take a similar approach. These cameras all traded in an interchangeable lens for great optics and small footprints. In essence, this segment made for great everyday/travel companions.

A quick rundown of the specs

  • 47.3 MP full-frame sensor with DC and UHD 4K video recording
  • Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens (carried over from the Q1)
  • OLED panel with 3.68M dots (a change from the Q1’s LCD)
  • Built-in crop functions to create focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm
  • IP52 dust and water resistance

Price tag aside, why the Q2?

The Leica Q2 comes in at USD $4,995. It’s a unique offering that lacks versatility at times. However, if you’re looking for one of the best cameras in class, the Q2 is hard to beat. The focal crops may not result in a true optical difference but offers a degree of flexibility. The Q1 has been a workhorse travel camera for many. And based on its longevity, the Q2, price aside, is a worthy investment.

Other cameras with fixed lenses and small sizes

Fujifilm x100f (35mm-equivalent 35mm f/2 lens)
+ Significantly cheaper
+ Great lens
+ Smaller than the Q2
+/- Not a full-frame sensor
– Lack of stabilization
– Mediocre battery life

Sony RX1R II (ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens)
+ Similar full-frame design
+ Cheaper
+/- Most similar to the Q2 across the board
– Challenging controls/handling
– Nearing an update as it was announced on October 14, 2015

If you’re interested in learning more about the Q-series, Craig Mod has an extensive review of the Q1. The essay/review is based on a 6-month test across Japan.

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