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
+/- 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.