Leica’s Q2 doubles pixel count of popular Leica Q camera

Fulfilling predictions, Leica today announced the follow up to its popular Q camera, the Leica Q2.

Leica’s small but powerful Q camera has been praised by many. Following four years after the Q’s release, Lecia is announcing the Q2. The Q2 keeps the Q’s signature compact design that made it so charming to many. But while the Q2 may look almost identical to the Q, it’s gotten some very significant performance improvements. Let’s go over what those are:

The Q2 doubles the Q’s sensor pixels

So, the big headline for the Q2 will be without a doubt its sensor size. The new full-frame sensor has been increased to 47.3 megapixels from the original’s 24 megapixels. Rumors suggested the sensor’s pixel count would be 47 megapixels — a close guess.

This sensor puts the Q2’s resolution on the same level as Sony, Nikon and Canon, which all offer higher resolution cameras. Also, the sensor expands the ISO range, offering ISOs from 40 to 50,000. Plus, it shoots 4K video at 24 and 30 frames per second and full HD video at up to 120 frames per second. It retains the same continuous shooting and autofocus as the Q.

Leica’s Q2
Leica’s Q2

The Q2 also uses the same 28mm f/1.7 optically stabilized lens as the Q. However, the new sensor’s higher resolution gives you more options when cropping. A new 75mm digital framing crop has been added, alongside 35mm and 50mm options.

Looks the same, but it’s actually different

While the outside may look like not much has changed, Leica’s made a few changes to the exterior design. For instance, you’ll see that there have been changes to the button placements, dials and power switches. You’ll also notice a customizable button inside the thumbwheel, the dedicated movie recording button is gone, and the buttons to the left of the touchscreen have been simplified.

Additionally, the touchscreen has a newer generation panel according to Leica. The Q2’s viewfinder has the same resolution as before, but it’s now an OLED screen said to have a higher refresh rate and greater magnification.

Weather sealed

Another big upgrade is the Q2’s weather sealing. It allows for IP52 dust and splash resistance. Sure, you can’t completely submerge the Q2 into water, but it should allow the camera to handle the occasional rainstorm.

Q2 covered in raindrops
The Q2 can withstand the occasional rainstorm

More battery power

Leica says the camera has 30 percent better battery life than the Q. It achieved this by taking notes from the trick magazine loading system found in Leica’s SL.

Pricing and availability

The Q2 is out now for $4,499, which is $500 more than the Q.

Despite its big sensor and ability to shoot 4K video, at its core, the Q2 still looks to be a stills camera. The Verge reports that “the lack of articulating display, mic input, or fine-grained video controls will put off most videographers.” Though the viewfinder has been upgraded and its high-resolution files offer a lot of versatility in post.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

Related Content