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Gear Reviews

Is the Leica Q Up To Snuff?

By Anthony Thurston on June 27th 2015

When Leica announced their new ‘Q’ full frame fixed lens camera, a lot of us wondered if this could the be Leica for us. The price is actually really appealing for a Leica branded product, and the fixed 28mm lens could be a good walking around lens if you like a wider field of view.


But how does it actually stack up? Is the image quality up to Leica standards? For that matter (given the cheaper cost), is the build quality up to Leica standards? The team over at the Camera Store TV recently did one of their hands-on field tests with the Leica Q and the results are exactly what I was hoping to see.

As if I needed any more reason to buy something I don’t need. Jay was pretty clear in his post about the Q, and how much he enjoyed the camera, and now the CSTV guys are talking it up a lot as well. I may just have to consider it a little more than I did previously.

Leica Q Specs

  • 24.2 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens
  • 3.68 MP LCOS Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Contrast-Detect AF System
  • Full HD 1080p Video at up to 60 fps
  • ISO 50,000 & 10 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Aluminum & Magnesium Alloy Body Design
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

You can pre-order the Leica Q now over on B&H for $4250. The availability is still unknown, but I wouldn’t think it should be too long.

What are your thoughts on the Leica Q? Does it intrigue you at all, pricing aside? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via CSTV on Youtube]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Branko Sreckovic

    Love hurts…

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  2. Paul Blacklock

    Cool info, an awesome camera, thanks for the great review

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  3. Jerry Jackson

    I understand the appeal of a camera like this. I purchased the Sony RX1 a while back and I absolutely LOVE that camera. However, I’d only consider buying the Leica Q if I was really into 28mm wide angle or shooting more landscapes. For me, the 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens on the RX1 is a better choice.

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  4. Ralph Hightower

    Leica partnering with Panasonic is like Hasselblad partnering with Sony with their faux-wood grips.
    Yea, I prefer Chevys over Porches or BMW.
    If I wanted to experiment with the rangerfinder experience, then I’d probably buy a used Canon from the 1950’s.

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    • Dave Haynie

      I think the Panasonic + Leica cameras are a much better integration than the silly Hasselblad thing. Ok, you’re probably paying $400 for some additional styling, Leica firmware versus Panasonic, and of course, that red dot.

      This one, I believe, is fully Leica.

      And I can recommend the Canon rangefinders, if you really still want to shoot on film. I had the IVsb, the Vt, the P, and the 7, back when I was collecting cameras. Kind of like the Leicas of the era, these cameras were mechanical works of art. I eventually got tired of collecting and sold off all my Leica screw-mount cameras except a couple of Zorkis that were just too evil to exchange for money.

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  5. Dustin Baugh

    It does take really pretty shots. If I had more money than sense I would definitely consider getting one.

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  6. Jeffrey Kenerly

    Oh not that silly camera, my bag

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  7. Jeffrey Kenerly

    A $4250 Black and White Camera???? Please. It will be $300 in a year. WHO is dumb enough to buy it????

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  8. Brandon Dewey

    good video

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