Leica introduces Leica Q, its latest compact camera. As with all Leica cameras, the Leica Q is super well built (made in Germany, no less). Do check out the specs below and you will realize how much Leica has squeezed into this camera. The pricing of this camera is S$5,990. Definitely not for the average consumers.
Technical Specs of Leica Q
- Technical Data : LEICA Q
- Camera type : Leica Q (Typ 116), digital small picture compact camera
- Picture format/aspect ratio : 24 x 36mm/2:3
- Lens : Leica Summilux 28 mm f 1.7 ASPH., 11 lenses in 9 groups, 3 aspherical lenses
- Digital frame selector (digital zoom) : optionally approx. 1.25x (corresponding to 35mm) or approx. 1.8x (corresponding to 50mm)
Image stabilization : optical compensation system for photo and video recordings
- Aperture range : 1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3EV increments
- Picture sensor/resolution : CMOS sensor, 26.3/24.2 million pixels (total/effective)
- Dynamic range : 13 aperture stops
- Color depth : 14Bit
- Photo capture format : optional: DNG + JPEG, JPEG
- DNG/JPEG resolution : 24MP (6000×4000 px), 12MP (4272x2848px), 6MP (2976x1984px), 1.7MP (1600x1080px)
- Video recording format : MP4
- Video resolution/frame rate : optional: FHD 1920 x 1080p with 60 or 30 B/ or HD1280 x 720p with 30 B/s
- Sound recording format : AAC
- Microphone : stereo
- Loudspeaker : mono
- Storage media : SD/SDHC/SDXC
- ISO range : automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000
- White balance : automatic, default settings for: daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings with measuring, manual color temperature setting
- Color range : optional for photos: sRGB, Adobe® RGB, ECI RGB
- Focus/saturation/contrast : each selectable in 5 steps, for saturation also in B/W
- Focusing Working range : 30cm to ∞, with macro setting from 17cm
- Setting : automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing, option of magnifying function and edge marking (focus peaking) available for manual setting
- Autofocus system : contrast-based autofocus system
- Autofocus modes : AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be saved
- Autofocus metering methods : 1-field (adjustable), multi-field, face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release by touching the monitor
- Exposure modes : automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting
- Scene modes : fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature effect, panorama, time lapse
- Exposure metering methods : multi-field,center weighted, spot
- Exposure compensation : ±3EV in 1⁄3EV increments.
- Automatic bracketing : three pictures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3EV increments
- Shutter type : mechanic and electronic
- Shutter speeds : 30s to 1⁄2000s with mech. Shutter 1⁄2500s to 1⁄16000s with electr. shutter, in 1⁄3 increments, flash synchronization up to 1⁄500s
- Picture series : optional 10/5/3B/s (H/M/L)
- Viewfinder : electronic LCOS display, resolution: 1280×960 pixels x 3 colors (=3,68MP), aspect ratio: 4:3 adjustable ±3 diopter, with eye sensor forautomatic switching between viewfinder and monitor
- Monitor : 3″ TFT LCD monitor with approx. 1,040,000 pixels, touch control possible
- WLAN : satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™ / WPA2™, access method: infrastructure mode
- NFC : according to JIS X 6319-4 standard / 13.56MHz
- Connections : Micro USB socket (2.0), HDMI socket
- Power supply : Leica BP-DC12, lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2V (7.2V D.C.), capacity 1200mAh
- Charger : Leica BC-DC12, input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60Hz, automatic switching, output: 8.4V DC; 0.65A
- Body : In Leica design made of massive, extremely light magnesium and aluminum, two loops for the carrying strap, ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts to connect flash units
- Lens filter thread : E49
- Tripod thread : A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
- Dimensions : (WxHxD) approx. 130 x 80 x 93mm
- Weight : approx. 590/640g (without/with battery)
- Scope of delivery : camera, carrying strap, lens hood, lens cap, accessory shoe cover, battery (Leica BP-DC12), charger (Leica BC-DC12), power cable (EU, US, local power cable), USB cable
- Software : Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®(free download after registration of the camera), Leica App for iOSR (free download remote control and picture transfer in Apple® App-Store®/Google® Play Store®)
Sensitive, fast and intuitive: LEICA Q – A pioneer by tradition
SINGAPORE – Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents the first of a new line of digital compact cameras. With a full-frame sensor and a particularly high-speed, classic focal length prime lens, the Leica Q stands out due to its fast and intuitive handling. Its Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens makes it ideal for available light situations and has an angle of view that reproduces scenes with natural perspectives and proportions. This makes it the perfect camera for street, architectural and landscape photography.
In combination with a 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor precisely matched to its lens, the camera delivers richly detailed exposures with extremely low noise in optimum quality at ISO sensitivities up to 50,000.
Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific, Mr Sunil Kaul says, “The Leica Q offers the greatest possible creative freedom for realising even the most demanding photographic ambitions, the Leica Q marks a new milestone for Leica Camera, build on the values of exquisite quality and sustainability. I invite all photography enthusiasts to enjoy photography at its purest form and meet your new photography companion.”
To ensure that the decisive moment is never missed, the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has the fastest autofocus in its class and offers almost real-time precision focusing. At the same time, its newly developed image processor from the Leica Maestro II family, specially adapted for use in the Leica Q, processes the data from the sensor at an enormous speed and delivers up to ten frames per second at full resolution. To permit reliable control of subject composition at this speed, the Leica Q also features an integrated viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 MP. Even the finest details of every exposure are displayed without any perceptible lag as soon as the camera is brought up to the user’s eye.
The digital frame selector of the Leica Q offers even more creative opportunities – alternative subject framing can be selected at the press of a button. In addition to the focal length of 28 mm at full resolution, this function also offers the equivalent of shooting with 35 and 50 mm lenses.
The corresponding frames are displayed in the viewfinder at the press of a button. In the same way as with a rangefinder camera, photographers can still see what is going on outside the brightline frame and can react much faster to changes in and around the subject. The selected framing is preserved in the JPEG image files, while the RAW files in DNG format record the entire field captured by the 28 mm lens.
The Leica Q also carries forward the Leica tradition of a reduction to the essentials in terms of its design. The seal of quality, ‘made in Germany’, guarantees that only the finest materials are employed in its construction to guarantee exceptional endurance. The top plate is machined from solid blocks of aluminium, the body is made of magnesium alloy, and all lettering and the markings on its setting dials are laser-engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of its leathering ensure ideal grip and clearly illustrate that form and function still go hand in hand at Leica.
All functions of the Leica Q are clearly laid out and logically placed to guarantee perfect ergonomics. Its clear menu concept provides rapid access to all essential functions and also offers custom programming options: for instance, convenient definition of the autofocus limits by key control. Alternatively, the touchscreen can be used for focusing by eye, or the focusing point can be selected with a simple touch of a fingertip. In manual focusing mode, Live View offers two additional electronic focusing aids: Focus Peaking shows points in the subject that are sharply focused by coloured highlighting of edges, and Live View Zoom simultaneously lets the photographer check the sharply focused parts of the scene with up to sixfold magnification. With the Leica Q, photographers always have everything under perfect control, even without electronic aids. The two essential parameters for photography, the aperture and the shutter speed, can be read from the corresponding control elements and set – even when the camera is switched off.
The unusually high speed and unmistakable bokeh of the lens of the Leica Q also reveal their unique qualities when shooting in video mode. Video recorded in full HD with the Leica Q is indistinguishable from professional movie footage. Depending on the scene, users can choose between 30 and 60 full frames per second for video recording in MP4 format. An integrated wind-noise filter guarantees crystal-clear sound.
The Leica Q features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless transmission of still pictures and video to other devices and remote control by WLAN from a smartphone or a tablet PC. The Leica Q app for these features can be downloaded free from the Leica website. In addition to remote release and display of the viewfinder image, the app also allows the setting of parameters like the aperture and shutter speed from the device employed.
Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®, is also included in the Leica Q package. This digital image processing software offers a comprehensive range of functions for the management, processing and presentation of digital image data. Leica Q customers can download the software free from the Leica website after registering their camera.
An extensive range of technical equipment and premium bags and cases is also available for the Leica Q. These include an ever-ready case, a holster, a protector and a day bag (all manufactured exclusively for the Leica Q in finest black leather). The range also includes system bags in various sizes and styles, hand straps and carrying straps. The portfolio also includes technical equipment like the Leica SF 26 flash, a handgrip, table-top and travel tripods and a selection of ball heads (please visit www.leica-camera.com for details). Just like the camera, every item in the range of accessories and technical equipment for the Leica Q is functionally designed for easy handling and manufactured from only the finest materials to ensure versatility, reliability and a lifetime of use.
The Singapore unveiling of the Leica Q was held at DSTLLRY, a bespoke cocktail bar heightened by Japanese-influenced omakase nestled in Portsdown’s Infinite Studios. Andrew Lum, the owner is an award-winning producer, composer and a professional photographer with a passion for Leica cameras. With Andrew’s long-history of creative genius and Leica’s rich heritage and fine craftsmanship, the launch of the latest Leica was a celebration of artistry at its finest.
The Leica Q is now on sale at all Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, ION Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and at all Leica authorised dealers.