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Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II

Portability
63
Imaging
73
Features
64
Overall
69
Leica Q front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II front
Portability
89
Imaging
52
Features
74
Overall
60

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Key Specs

Leica Q
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Yes Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 640g - 130 x 80 x 93mm
  • Introduced June 2015
  • Additionally Known as Typ 116
  • Later Model is Leica Q2
Sony RX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 281g - 102 x 58 x 38mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Superseded the Sony RX100
  • Replacement is Sony RX100 III
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Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Leica Q and Sony RX100 II, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Leica and Sony. The image resolution of the Q (24MP) and the RX100 II (20MP) is pretty comparable but the Q (Full frame) and RX100 II (1") come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Q was unveiled 24 months after the RX100 II which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before going straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a simple view of how the Q grades against the RX100 II for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q over the Sony RX100 II

 Q RX100 II 
LaunchedJune 2015June 2013More modern by 24 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 II over the Leica Q

 RX100 II Q 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1229k1040kClearer screen (+189k dot)

Common features in the Leica Q and Sony RX100 II

 Q RX100 II 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera, you will have to think about its weight and size. The Leica Q offers exterior measurements of 130mm x 80mm x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7") with a weight of 640 grams (1.41 lbs) while the Sony RX100 II has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 38mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 281 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you choose at that moment. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the Q vs the RX100 II.

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the Q and RX100 II is 63 and 89 respectively.

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II top view buttons comparison

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizes only by checking out specs. The picture below should offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the Q and RX100 II.

All in all, the two cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The Q using its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Leica Q will show extra detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The fresher Q will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II sensor size comparison

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica Q as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX100 II as a Portrait photography camera
83
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
71
you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/2,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica Q
Street photography with Sony RX100 II
68
built in image stabilization (Yes)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
supports touch focus
above average high ISO (50,000)
fixed screen
more heavy than average (640g)
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
lighter than others (281g)
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Sports Comparison

Leica Q Sports photography highlights
Sony RX100 II Sports photography highlights
69
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Yes)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
no phase detect AF
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (350 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q as a Travel photography camera
Sony RX100 II as a Travel photography camera
63
supports touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
more heavy than average (640g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
80
better than average battery life (350 shots)
lighter than others (281 grams)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica Q
Landscape photography with Sony RX100 II
75
you can focus manually
fast max aperture (f1.7)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Yes)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
above average high ISO (50,000)
delivers RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
74
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (350 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica Q as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 II as a Vlogging camera
32
fast max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Yes)
provides face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no external microphone socket
more heavy than average (640 grams)
38
pretty wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (281g)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no external mic support
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Leica Q vs Sony RX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q and Sony RX100 II
 Leica QSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Sony
Model type Leica Q Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Also called as Typ 116 -
Type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2015-06-10 2013-06-27
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Maestro II -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1"
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 50000 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture f/1.7 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focusing range 17cm 5cm
Crop factor 1 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 15.00 m (ISO Auto (W))
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 640g (1.41 pounds) 281g (0.62 pounds)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7") 102 x 58 x 38mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 85 67
DXO Color Depth rating 24.3 22.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.7 12.4
DXO Low light rating 2221 483
Other
Battery life - 350 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID BP-DC12 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots))
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $4,300 $598