The lens is very obviously modeled after the typical Leica M lenses. Given its advanced specs, we can always dream that Leica would make an interchangeable version to fit the the M.
|It looks great with that understated classic simplicity of design that is quintessentially Leica. And, in case you miss the point, there is the distinguishing Leica red dot to remind you.|
The rear of the camera is as exciting as the front, especially when we see that large viewfinder window with its best-of-class high resolution 3.68 MP electronic viewfinder, and the 3.0" 1,040k-dot LCD touch screen below it. I also like the recessed thumb area on the right to help with quick orientation to the nearby controls.
The full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor, is powered by the Maestro II image processor borrowed from the S camera series to provide sharp, high-resolution images and full HD video with exception low noise and ISO speeds up to 50,000. The Q camera can shoot a continuous burst rate up to 10fps.
The nearest other full-frame, fixed lens camera out there for comparison is Sony's RX1, although that is getting a little old and will probably be replaced with an update soon. Surprisingly, Sony did not introduce a model II to replace the RX1 when it announced its latest A7R II and RX100 IV recently. As they now stand, the newer features of the Leica Q run circles around the RX1, but in terms of weight and size the RX1 is a much smaller package. In fact, the Q is less that a half inch shorter than an M.
The camera is sturdy enough with its solid machined aluminum top plate and a magnesium alloy body.
The built-in Wi-Fi module allows linking the camera to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The Q also has an NFC chip for tap-to-connect functionality with certain devices. There is a free Leica Q app that further allows remote control of the camera for adjusting exposure while shooting from difficult or inaccessible locations.
Flash sync is up to 1/500 second. There is an auxiliary hot shoe for accessory flashes.
The Q can record full HD 1080p video at 60 or 30 fps, as well as 720p at 30 fps.
|The top and rear control layouts look a lot like those of the Leica M 240, although I don't see any screw-in cable release socket in the shutter release.|
I will be posting a full, hands-on review of the Leica Q once I have put it through its paces.
|Even going back to this first Leica I of 1930 we can see the roots of the classic Leica body design in the current Leica Q.|
The Leica Q Typ 116 is available for pre-order now with delivery expected after June 16th.
You can pre-order one here: BH-Photo Adorama