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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV

Portability
60
Imaging
81
Features
66
Overall
75
Leica Q2 Monochrom front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV front
Portability
89
Imaging
52
Features
79
Overall
62

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV 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
  • Launched October 2020
Sony RX100 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 298g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Revealed June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX100 III
  • Successor is Sony RX100 V
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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Leica Q2 Monochrom and Sony RX100 IV, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Leica and Sony. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the Q2 Monochrom (47MP) and RX100 IV (20MP) and the Q2 Monochrom (Full frame) and RX100 IV (1") come with different sensor sizes.

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The Q2 Monochrom was released 5 years later than the RX100 IV and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before diving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the Q2 Monochrom scores versus the RX100 IV in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q2 Monochrom over the Sony RX100 IV

 Q2 Monochrom RX100 IV 
RevealedOctober 2020June 2015Fresher by 65 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 IV over the Leica Q2 Monochrom

 RX100 IV Q2 Monochrom 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1229k1040kClearer screen (+189k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Leica Q2 Monochrom and Sony RX100 IV

 Q2 Monochrom RX100 IV 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and size. The Leica Q2 Monochrom comes with physical measurements of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") with a weight of 734 grams (1.62 lbs) while the Sony RX100 IV has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") having a weight of 298 grams (0.66 lbs).

Check the Leica Q2 Monochrom and Sony RX100 IV in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the Q2 Monochrom versus the RX100 IV.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the Q2 Monochrom and RX100 IV is 60 and 89 respectively.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV top view buttons comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizing just by reading a spec sheet. The photograph here will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the Q2 Monochrom and RX100 IV.

As you can see, both of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The Q2 Monochrom because of its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field easier and the Leica Q2 Monochrom will deliver greater detail as a result of its extra 27MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more modern Q2 Monochrom should have an edge in sensor tech.

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV sensor size comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Portrait photography features
Sony RX100 IV Portrait photography features
88
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/500s)
amazing resolution (47 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
65
has manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
has face detect focus
saves RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
Street photography with Sony RX100 IV
69
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
has focus by touch
environment sealing
very good high ISO (100,000)
screen does not articulate
heavier than competitors in class (734 grams)
85
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competitors (298g)
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Sports Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Sports photography info
Sony RX100 IV Sports photography info
80
quiet shooting (1/40,000s)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing resolution (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
great battery pack (350 shots)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
no phase detect AF
68
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
max fps high (16.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
has tracking focus
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Travel photography highlights
Sony RX100 IV Travel photography highlights
66
great battery pack (350 per charge)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
has focus by touch
amazing resolution (47 megapixels)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (734g)
does not contain selfie friendly display
86
lighter than competitors (298g)
resolution is good (20MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
decently wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Landscape photography advice
Sony RX100 IV Landscape photography advice
77
manual focus
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing resolution (47 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (100,000)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
great battery pack (350 shots)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
74
has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica Q2 Monochrom Vlogging factors
Sony RX100 IV Vlogging factors
32
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
missing mic port
heavier than competitors in class (734g)
81
decently wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than competitors (298 grams)
missing mic socket
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Leica Q2 Monochrom vs Sony RX100 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q2 Monochrom and Sony RX100 IV
 Leica Q2 MonochromSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
General Information
Brand Leica Sony
Model Leica Q2 Monochrom Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2020-10-11 2015-06-10
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-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 47 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 8368 x 5584 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 100000 12800
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Min boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 49 25
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28mm (1x) 24-70mm (2.9x)
Maximum aperture f/1.7 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus distance 17cm 5cm
Crop factor 1 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dots 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.59x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/40000 secs 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 20.0 frames/s 16.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash options no built-in flash -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/500 secs 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 734 gr (1.62 pounds) 298 gr (0.66 pounds)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 562
Other
Battery life 350 shots 280 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BP-SCL4 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $5,995 $898