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Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom

Portability
63
Imaging
72
Features
64
Overall
68
Leica Q front
 
Leica Q2 Monochrom front
Portability
60
Imaging
81
Features
66
Overall
75

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Key Specs

Leica Q
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Yes Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 640g - 130 x 80 x 93mm
  • Released June 2015
  • Additionally Known as Typ 116
  • Newer Model is Leica Q2
Leica Q2 Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 100000
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 734g - 130 x 80 x 92mm
  • Announced October 2020
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Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Leica Q and Leica Q2 Monochrom, both Large Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are created by Leica. There exists a considerable gap among the image resolutions of the Q (24MP) and Q2 Monochrom (47MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The Q was unveiled 6 years prior to the Q2 Monochrom and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple view of how the Q matches up vs the Q2 Monochrom in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q over the Leica Q2 Monochrom

 Q Q2 Monochrom 

Reasons to pick Leica Q2 Monochrom over the Leica Q

 Q2 Monochrom Q 
AnnouncedOctober 2020June 2015Fresher by 65 months

Common features in the Leica Q and Leica Q2 Monochrom

 Q Q2 Monochrom 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Screen resolution1040k1040kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Leica Q offers exterior measurements of 130mm x 80mm x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7") having a weight of 640 grams (1.41 lbs) whilst the Leica Q2 Monochrom has sizing of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") having a weight of 734 grams (1.62 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the Q compared to the Q2 Monochrom.

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Q and Q2 Monochrom is 63 and 60 respectively.

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom top view buttons comparison

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing just by viewing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the Q and Q2 Monochrom.

As you can see, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can expect the Leica Q2 Monochrom to render extra detail having an extra 23MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older Q will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom sensor size comparison

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Leica Q
Portrait photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
83
focusing manually
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has face detection focus
saves RAW formats
88
has manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/500 seconds)
excellent resolution (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica Q as a Street photography camera
Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Street photography camera
67
built in image stabilization (Yes)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
provides touch to focus
very good ISO range (50,000)
no moving screen
heavier than competitors (640g)
69
built in image stabilization (Optical)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
has touch to focus
environment proof
great ISO range (100,000)
screen is fixed
heavier than average in class (734g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica Q
Sports photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
69
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Yes)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
can't change focal length (28mm)
does not have phase detect auto focus
80
quiet mode (1/40,000s)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
excellent resolution (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery power (350 CIPA)
can't change focal length (28mm)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q Travel photography highlights
Leica Q2 Monochrom Travel photography highlights
63
provides touch to focus
MP count decent (24MP)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
heavier than competitors (640g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
66
better than average battery power (350 per charge)
environment proof
has bluetooth
has touch to focus
excellent resolution (47 megapixels)
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (734 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Leica Q Landscape photography highlights
Leica Q2 Monochrom Landscape photography highlights
75
focusing manually
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Yes)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
very good ISO range (50,000)
saves RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
77
has manual focus
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
excellent resolution (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
great ISO range (100,000)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery power (350 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica Q as a Vlogging camera
Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Vlogging camera
32
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Yes)
has face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no external mic port
heavier than competitors (640g)
32
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
high res video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than average in class (734g)
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Leica Q vs Leica Q2 Monochrom Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q and Leica Q2 Monochrom
 Leica QLeica Q2 Monochrom
General Information
Brand Name Leica Leica
Model type Leica Q Leica Q2 Monochrom
Also referred to as Typ 116 -
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2015-06-10 2020-10-11
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Maestro II -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 47 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 8368 x 5584
Highest native ISO 50000 100000
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/1.7 f/1.7
Macro focusing distance 17cm 17cm
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680k dots 3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.76x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds 1/40000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings no built-in flash no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/500 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 640 grams (1.41 pounds) 734 grams (1.62 pounds)
Physical dimensions 130 x 80 x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7") 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 85 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 24.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 2221 not tested
Other
Battery life - 350 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID BP-DC12 BP-SCL4
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail cost $4,300 $5,995