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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario

Portability
60
Imaging
81
Features
66
Overall
75
Leica Q2 Monochrom front
 
Leica X Vario front
Portability
62
Imaging
58
Features
51
Overall
55

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Key Specs

Leica Q2 Monochrom
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 100000
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 734g - 130 x 80 x 92mm
  • Revealed October 2020
Leica X Vario
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12500
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-70mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 680g - 133 x 73 x 95mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Succeeded the Leica X2
Photography Glossary

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Overview

Here is a in-depth comparison of the Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are built by Leica. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the Q2 Monochrom (47MP) and X Vario (16MP) and the Q2 Monochrom (Full frame) and X Vario (APS-C) offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The Q2 Monochrom was manufactured 7 years later than the X Vario and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief view of how the Q2 Monochrom matches up against the X Vario in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q2 Monochrom over the Leica X Vario

 Q2 Monochrom X Vario 
LaunchedOctober 2020June 2013Fresher by 90 months
Screen resolution1040k920kClearer screen (+120k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Leica X Vario over the Leica Q2 Monochrom

 X Vario Q2 Monochrom 

Common features in the Leica Q2 Monochrom and Leica X Vario

 Q2 Monochrom X Vario 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera often, you have to factor in its weight and volume. The Leica Q2 Monochrom has got physical dimensions of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") having a weight of 734 grams (1.62 lbs) and the Leica X Vario has sizing of 133mm x 73mm x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7") with a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs).

Take a look at the Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you choose at that time. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the Q2 Monochrom vs the X Vario.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the Q2 Monochrom and X Vario is 60 and 62 respectively.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario top view buttons comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to see the contrast between sensor sizing purely by reviewing technical specs. The photograph underneath will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the Q2 Monochrom and X Vario.

As you can tell, each of the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The Q2 Monochrom featuring a bigger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF less difficult and the Leica Q2 Monochrom will offer greater detail due to its extra 31MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The fresher Q2 Monochrom is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario sensor size comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Portrait photography camera
Leica X Vario as a Portrait photography camera
88
manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/500s)
amazing sensor resolution (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW formats
74
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Street photography camera
Leica X Vario as a Street photography camera
69
has image stabilization (Optical)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
weather proofing
above average high ISO (100,000)
no moving screen
heavier than average (734g)
53
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (680g)
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Sports Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Sports photography highlights
Leica X Vario Sports photography highlights
80
silent shooting (1/40,000 seconds)
high max frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing sensor resolution (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
lacks phase detect auto focus
54
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery power (450 shots)
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Travel photography advice
Leica X Vario Travel photography advice
66
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
weather proofing
supports bluetooth
supports touch to focus
amazing sensor resolution (47MP)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (734g)
screen is not selfie friendly
56
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (680 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Landscape photography camera
Leica X Vario as a Landscape photography camera
77
manual focus
fast max aperture (f1.7)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing sensor resolution (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (100,000)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
61
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Vlogging details
Leica X Vario Vlogging details
32
fast max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
heavier than average (734g)
25
quite wide (28mm)
supports face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competitors (680g)
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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Leica X Vario Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q2 Monochrom and Leica X Vario
 Leica Q2 MonochromLeica X Vario
General Information
Company Leica Leica
Model type Leica Q2 Monochrom Leica X Vario
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2020-10-11 2013-06-11
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 47 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 8368 x 5584 4928 x 3272
Max native ISO 100000 12500
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 28-70mm (2.5x)
Highest aperture f/1.7 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing range 17cm -
Crop factor 1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/40000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 20.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash -
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync, Studio
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/500 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 4096x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 734 gr (1.62 pounds) 680 gr (1.50 pounds)
Physical dimensions 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") 133 x 73 x 95mm (5.2" x 2.9" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 78
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1320
Other
Battery life 350 shots 450 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BP-SCL4 BP-DC8
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $5,995 $2,950