Leica is a model I respect and admire however don’t assist. Or somewhat, can’t, as a result of I’m not fabulously wealthy. But when I did have $5,000 to spend on a fixed-lens digital camera, I’d most likely get the brand new Q2, a big enchancment over 2015’s Q — which tempted me again then.

The Q2 retains a lot of what made the Q nice: a full-frame sensor, a wonderful 28mm F/1.7 Summilux lens, and easy operation centered on getting the shot. However it additionally makes some main modifications that make the Q2 a much more aggressive digital camera.

The sensor has jumped from 24 to 47 megapixels, and whereas we’re properly out of the megapixel race, that creates the chance for a really helpful cropped taking pictures mode that permits you to shoot at 35, 50, and 75mm equivalents whereas nonetheless capturing large pixel counts. It retains the complete body publicity as properly so you may tweak the crop later. The brand new sensor additionally has an excellent low native ISO of 50, which ought to assist with dynamic vary and in sure publicity circumstances.

Autofocus has been redone as properly (as you may anticipate with a brand new sensor) and it must be faster and extra correct now. Ther’s additionally an optical stabilization mode that kicks in when you’re taking pictures at beneath 1/60s. Each options that want somewhat testing to confirm they’re pretty much as good as they sound, however I don’t anticipate they’re fraudulent or something.

The physique, already a good-looking minimal design in line with Leica’s impeccable (if costly) style, is now climate sealed, making this a viable walk-around digital camera in all circumstances. Think about paying 5 grand for a digital camera and being afraid to take it out within the rain! Nicely, many individuals did that and maybe will really feel silly now that the Q2 has arrived.

Inside is an digital viewfinder, however the 2015 Q had a sequential-field show — which means it flashes quickly by the pink, inexperienced, and blue parts of the picture — which made it inclined to paint artifacts in high-motion scenes or when panning. The Q2, nevertheless, has a shiny new OLED show with the identical decision however higher efficiency. OLEDs are nice for EVFs for lots of causes, however I like that you just get very nice blacks, like in an optical viewfinder.

The button structure has been simplified as properly (or somewhat synchronized with the CL, one other Leica mannequin), with a brand new customizable button on the highest plate, reflecting the pattern of personalization we’ve seen in high-end cameras. A significantly bigger battery and redesigned battery and card door rounds out the brand new options.

As DPReview factors out in its hands-on preview of the digital camera, the Q2 is considerably heavier than the high-end fixed-lens competitors (particularly the Sony RX1R II and Fuji X100F, each wonderful cameras), and in addition considerably costlier. However in contrast to many Leica choices, it really outperforms them in essential methods: the lens, the climate sealing, the burst velocity — it might be costly, however you really get one thing on your cash. That may’t at all times be mentioned of this model.

The Leica Q2 typifies the kind of digital camera I’d wish to personal: no actual equipment, nothing to swap in or out, nice picture high quality and easy operation. I’m much more prone to get an X100F (and even then it’d be an enormous splurge) however all that point I’ll be trying on the Q2 with envious eyes. Perhaps I’ll get to the touch one some day.

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