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Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1

Portability
61
Imaging
81
Features
70
Overall
76
Leica Q2 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
72
Features
59
Overall
66

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Key Specs

Leica Q2
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 50000
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 718g - 130 x 80 x 92mm
  • Released March 2019
  • Alternative Name is Type No. 4889
  • Superseded the Leica Q
Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Launched February 2013
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Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Overview

Here is a extensive assessment of the Leica Q2 versus Sony RX1, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Leica and Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the Q2 (47MP) and RX1 (24MP) but they come with the same exact sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The Q2 was revealed 6 years later than the RX1 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summation of how the Q2 scores against the RX1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q2 over the Sony RX1

 Q2 RX1 
LaunchedMarch 2019February 2013Fresher by 74 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Leica Q2

 RX1 Q2 
Screen resolution1229k1040kCrisper screen (+189k dot)

Common features in the Leica Q2 and Sony RX1

 Q2 RX1 
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera, you should consider its weight and volume. The Leica Q2 offers outside dimensions of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") and a weight of 718 grams (1.58 lbs) while the Sony RX1 has sizing of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") along with a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at that moment. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the Q2 against the RX1.

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Q2 and RX1 is 61 and 79 respectively.

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 top view buttons comparison

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very tough to picture the gap between sensor sizing purely by checking specs. The graphic underneath will provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the Q2 and RX1.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You can expect the Leica Q2 to give you more detail because of its extra 23 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs far more aggressively. The newer Q2 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 sensor size comparison

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica Q2 Portrait photography info
Sony RX1 Portrait photography info
88
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/500 seconds)
resolution is high (47 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW files
83
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica Q2
Street photography with Sony RX1
70
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW files
offers touch focus
weather proof
good ISO range (50,000)
no articulating screen
more heavy than competition (718g)
66
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
very good ISO range (25,600)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (482 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica Q2 Sports photography advice
Sony RX1 Sports photography advice
79
quiet shutter (1/40,000s)
high max frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is high (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
weather proof
good battery power (370 per charge)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
has no phase detect auto focus
57
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
fixed focal length (35mm)
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q2 Travel photography info
Sony RX1 Travel photography info
70
good battery power (370 per charge)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
offers touch focus
resolution is high (47MP)
good max aperture (f1.7)
more heavy than competition (718g)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
66
good resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
very good max aperture (f2.0)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (482 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Leica Q2 Landscape photography highlights
Sony RX1 Landscape photography highlights
80
you can focus manually
good max aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is high (47MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
does not have low pass filter
good ISO range (50,000)
exports RAW files
weather proof
good battery power (370 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
68
focusing manually
very good max aperture (f2.0)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
does not have image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Leica Q2
Vlogging with Sony RX1
32
good max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (718 grams)
34
very good max aperture (f2.0)
supports face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic port
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (482g)
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Leica Q2 vs Sony RX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q2 and Sony RX1
 Leica Q2Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
General Information
Manufacturer Leica Sony
Model Leica Q2 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Also referred to as Type No. 4889 -
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2019-03-07 2013-02-19
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 47 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 8368 x 5584 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 50000 25600
Min native ISO 50 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 49 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28mm (1x) 35mm (1x)
Highest aperture f/1.7 f/2.0-22.0
Macro focus range 17cm -
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic and Optical (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,680 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/40000s -
Continuous shutter speed 20.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 6.00 m
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/500s 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 718 gr (1.58 lb) 482 gr (1.06 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 96 93
DXO Color Depth score 26.4 25.1
DXO Dynamic range score 13.5 14.3
DXO Low light score 2491 2534
Other
Battery life 370 shots 270 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BP-SCL4 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
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