Leica Q 24.2 Megapixel Digital 35 MM Compact Camera (Black, Anodized, TYP 116) Review

Products Descriptions

24.2 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor Leica Maestro II Image Processor Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens 3.68 MP LCOS Integrated Electronic Viewfinder 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor

From the manufacturer

Leica Q (TYP 116)

The compact camera redefined

Video recording format MP4.

Sound recording format AAC.

Microphone Stereo.

Storage media

  • multimedia cards
  • multimedia cards


Reactive The integrated viewfinder of the Leica Q is activated as soon as the camera is brought up to the eye. It faithfully displays the camera’s image at any time, right down to the smallest detail and without any perceptible delay. With its resolution of 3.68 MP, it surpasses all other electronic viewfinders. The autofocus is also outstanding, capturing with ultimate sharpness at maximum speed. The new Maestro II series processor works extremely rapidly and allows a serial image speed of up to 10 frames per second at full resolution. And of course, the images are instantly available as a JPEG in playback mode. Intuitive Intuitive, ergonomic, pragmatic. The controls of the Leica Q provide quick access to all relevant options and opportunities. For example, auto-focus can be set either using buttons or via the touch screen. Prefer to focus manually? Then let the innovative Live View aids “Focus-Peaking” and “Live View Zoom” assist you. Easy to use, the Leica Q helps you implement your ideas perfectly – at the press of a button. Networked The built-in Wi-Fi module on the Leica Q makes it easy to share your pictures and videos on social networks. Images can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet or computer via WLAN and the complimentary Leica Q app. The app also allows the Leica Q to be operated remotely. For example, set the time and aperture on your device and use it as a remote-control release. In this way, blur-free long exposures and recordings are possible from unusual angles – and also as moving images. What’s more, you can record video in Full-HD and web-friendly MP4. Reliable The Leica maxim ‘focusing on the essentials’ also applies to the Leica Q’s exterior design. Made in Germany, the high quality materials and outstanding craftmanship guarantee maximum durability. The top cover is milled from a solid aluminium block, while the housing is finished in magnesium and all labels and markings on the adjustment wheels are laser engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of the exterior finish make the Leica Q beautifully easy to grip.

Leica App for iOS (free download remote control and picture transfer in Apple App-Store/Google Play Store).


Satisfes IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA/ WPA2, access method: infrastructure mode.


According to JIS X 6319-4 standard/13.56 MHz.


Focus on DNG Firmware update 2.0 now makes it possible to shoot DNG RAW files separately, rather than in combination with JPG files. The benefits for you: save space on your memory card and you no longer need to delete unwanted JPG files. JPG mode and the combined JPG-DNG mode are still available for whenever you need them. More creative freedom The 1-field autofocus metering area can now be selected in three different sizes: small, medium and large. However, AF point movement in digital zoom mode for focal lengths of 35 and 50 mm has now been limited, to avoid focusing on objects outside the zoom range. The Face Detection function has also been optimized: as soon as a face is detected, AF now automatically reverts to multi-field autofocus mode. Improved user-friendliness Simplified navigation makes it possible to shoot even faster. That is the reason for the optimization of the camera’s EVF mode: pressing the menu or play button now allows the photographer to switch straight to menu control or picture review on the LCD screen.

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