Leica’s latest camera for the discerning photographer is here – Leica Q. It is a fixed-lens compact camera with a full-frame, 24-megapixel CMOS image sensor along with full HD video. The center point for the Q is its new Maestro II processor that can take up to 10 frames per second of continuous shooting at full resolution. The lens on the Leica Q is a photographer’s dream. It’s a 28mm, f/1.7 aperture Summilux with optical image stabilization. Leica claims that this is the fastest lens on a compact camera and its closest competition, the Sony RX1, features a Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens. Leica also states that the Q has the fastest AF speed for a full-frame compact camera.
There’s also a built-in electronic viewfinder with 3.68 million dots, making it the highest-resolution viewfinder available. The camera can shoot 1080p video at 30/60 fps. Connectivity-wise the camera can do NFC and Wi-Fi. While manual focus is the norm the camera is also equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 1.04m dots that can select a focus point with a simple touch of the fingertip.
The Leica Q’s top plate is made of aluminium and the rest of the body is magnesium alloy. The markings on the dials and lettering on the exterior are laser-engraved for higher visibility and durability.
Leica Q also has a Leica-appropriate price tag of $4,250 and is available worldwide. Leica is also bundling a free copy of Adobe Lightroom 6.