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Leica Q2 Monochrom – first full-frame digital compact camera

Leica Q2 Monochrom camera has a discreet black and neutral grey body to match the monochrome images it captures and is wrapped in classic grainy leather. Leica removed Leica’s iconic “red dot” badge and the script engraved on top of the camera. The inscriptions on the lens and shutter speed dial are all gray and white on black, and the camera name is engraved around the warm shoe.
The ergonomics and design of the buttons are identical to those of the Leica Q2. At the top of the camera you will find the power switch and shutter button, a shutter speed dial to select the full stop shutter speeds, and a control dial to select the shutter speeds of the third stop. On the back of the camera you will find a four-way controller, a fixed 3″ touch screen and the Play, Menu and Function buttons.Leica Q2 Monochrom cameraAt the bottom of the camera you will find a single slot for SD cards and a battery port. The Q2 Monochrom uses the BP-SCL4 battery on the Leica SL and has a CIPA rating of 350 rounds per charge. In use, you can expect a lot more shots than that, although a lot of wi-fi playback and usage is a great battery consumption. In our experience (which includes turning off the camera between shots), we found that the battery would easily last a couple of days of moderate shooting.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom’s 28 mm F1.7 fixed lens has 11 elements, including three aspheric, which is a fairly complex optical formula. The lens can be clicked in macro mode to take close-up photos up to 17 cm (6.7in). The updated 3.68M dot OLED is incredibly bright and provides accurate live viewing of black and white images without having to remove the camera from the eye. However, there isn’t much in the way of an eyepiece in monochrome Q2, so eyewear users might have a bit of a problem with it.Leica Q2 Monochrom cameraLeica Q2 Monochrom is Leica’s latest dedicated black and white camera, joining the M Monochrom and M10 Monochrom hand-focus telemeters. The Q2 Monochrom has a 47MP sensor that produces only black and white images, a 28mm F1.7 fixed ASPH lens with 17cm (6.7 inch) macro mode and a demand for better dynamic gamma and noise performance compared to Q2 colour. The Q2 Monochrom will certainly not be for everyone, but for dedicated black and white shooters there is a lot to love about this camera.
Well, Leica Q2 Monochrom camera delivers full frame image quality and significant pixel resolution, thanks to sensor and processing operation. From a purely creative point of view, I found that removing color as a joint option also has a positive impact on me creatively. Simply put, this is a camera that allows photographers to focus on the basics: how light, shadow, and action interact to create an image.Leica Q2 Monochrom cameraQ2 Monochrom’s three customizable buttons are a smart design option and offer a lot of flexibility depending on a photographer’s needs. The fact that the Q2 Monochrom camera has weather and dust hold is also a strength. The fall weather in London is known to be unpredictable, and it was reassuring to know that Q2 could withstand some moisture when the skies inevitably opened. Autofocus makes it faster and easier to use than the M10 Monochrom manual focus and creates a more accessible shooting experience at all levels of photographers.Photo:Leica

Price
MSRP $5995
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution 8368 x 5584
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 47 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 50 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color filter array None
Image
ISO Auto, 100-100000
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F1.7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv), 2x (75mm))
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 17 cm (6.69)
Number of focus points 49
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
Viewfinder resolution 3,686,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/40000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hotshoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/500 sec
Continuous drive 20.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USB charging No
HDMI No
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (IP52 rated)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-SCL4
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 734 g (1.62 lb / 25.89 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.62)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None