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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II

Portability
60
Imaging
81
Features
66
Overall
75
Leica Q2 Monochrom front
 
Ricoh GR II front
Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
55
Overall
57

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Key Specs

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
  • Released October 2020
Ricoh GR II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8-16.0) lens
  • 251g - 117 x 63 x 35mm
  • Introduced June 2015
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh GR
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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Leica Q2 Monochrom versus Ricoh GR II, both Large Sensor Compact cameras by companies Leica and Ricoh. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the Q2 Monochrom (47MP) and GR II (16MP) and the Q2 Monochrom (Full frame) and GR II (APS-C) possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The Q2 Monochrom was brought out 5 years later than the GR II and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short overview of how the Q2 Monochrom grades versus the GR II when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q2 Monochrom over the Ricoh GR II

 Q2 Monochrom GR II 
IntroducedOctober 2020June 2015More recent by 65 months
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Reasons to pick Ricoh GR II over the Leica Q2 Monochrom

 GR II Q2 Monochrom 
Screen resolution1230k1040kCrisper screen (+190k dot)

Common features in the Leica Q2 Monochrom and Ricoh GR II

 Q2 Monochrom GR II 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera often, you need to factor in its weight and size. The Leica Q2 Monochrom offers exterior measurements of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") along with a weight of 734 grams (1.62 lbs) while the Ricoh GR II has specifications of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") and a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the Q2 Monochrom compared to the GR II.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Q2 Monochrom and GR II is 60 and 89 respectively.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II top view buttons comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the difference in sensor measurements merely by looking through specifications. The photograph here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the Q2 Monochrom and GR II.

Plainly, the two cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The Q2 Monochrom due to its bigger sensor will make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Leica Q2 Monochrom will provide you with extra detail having its extra 31MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots far more aggressively. The more recent Q2 Monochrom will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II sensor size comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Portrait photography factors
Ricoh GR II Portrait photography factors
88
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/500s)
amazing resolution (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
75
you can focus manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Street photography features
Ricoh GR II Street photography features
69
has image stabilization (Optical)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
boasts focus by touch
weather sealing
good high ISO (100,000)
fixed screen
more heavy than competition (734 grams)
74
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lighter than others (251 grams)
very good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Sports photography advice
Ricoh GR II Sports photography advice
80
quiet shutter (1/40,000 seconds)
high max frames per second (20.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing resolution (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery life (350 CIPA)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
no phase detect autofocus
50
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
fixed focal length (28mm)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Travel photography camera
66
great battery life (350 per charge)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
amazing resolution (47 megapixels)
good max aperture (f1.7)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (734g)
display isn't selfie friendly
67
lighter than others (251 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom as a Landscape photography camera
Ricoh GR II as a Landscape photography camera
77
manual focus
good max aperture (f1.7)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing resolution (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (100,000)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
great battery life (350 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
59
you can focus manually
nice screen size (3 inches)
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Vlogging details
Ricoh GR II Vlogging details
32
good max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (734 grams)
32
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (251g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic port
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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Ricoh GR II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q2 Monochrom and Ricoh GR II
 Leica Q2 MonochromRicoh GR II
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Ricoh
Model type Leica Q2 Monochrom Ricoh GR II
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2020-10-11 2015-06-17
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - GR Engine V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 47 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 8368 x 5584 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 100000 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 28mm (1x)
Max aperture f/1.7 f/2.8-16.0
Macro focusing range 17cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 300 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/40000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 20.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options no built-in flash Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/500 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 734g (1.62 lb) 251g (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") 117 x 63 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 80
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1078
Other
Battery life 350 images 320 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BP-SCL4 DB-65
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $5,995 $599