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Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1

Portability
61
Imaging
81
Features
70
Overall
76
Leica Q2 front
 
Zeiss ZX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
80
Features
62
Overall
72

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Key Specs

Leica Q2
(Full Review)
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Succeeded the Leica Q
Zeiss ZX1
(Full Review)
  • 37MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 4.34" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 51200
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 35mm (F2-22) lens
  • 800g - 142 x 93 x 46mm
  • Revealed September 2018
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Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Overview

The following is a in depth overview of the Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Leica and Zeiss. There exists a sizeable gap between the resolutions of the Q2 (47MP) and ZX1 (37MP) but they possess the exact same sensor size (Full frame).

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The Q2 was released 6 months after the ZX1 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before going through a in depth comparison, below is a quick summation of how the Q2 scores versus the ZX1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Leica Q2 over the Zeiss ZX1

 Q2 ZX1 

Reasons to pick Zeiss ZX1 over the Leica Q2

 ZX1 Q2 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimension4.34"3"Larger display (+1.34")
Display resolution2765k1040kCrisper display (+1725k dot)

Common features in the Leica Q2 and Zeiss ZX1

 Q2 ZX1 
RevealedMarch 2019September 2018Similar generation
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Leica Q2 comes with physical dimensions of 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 718 grams (1.58 lbs) whilst the Zeiss ZX1 has sizing of 142mm x 93mm x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8") and a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the Q2 against the ZX1.

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Q2 and ZX1 is 61 and 67 respectively.

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 top view buttons comparison

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to envision the gap between sensor dimensions merely by checking technical specs. The picture below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the Q2 and ZX1.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Leica Q2 to give you extra detail as a result of its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos much more aggressively.

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 sensor size comparison

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica Q2 Portrait photography advice
Zeiss ZX1 Portrait photography advice
88
you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/500s)
excellent sensor resolution (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
88
manual focus
MP count amazing (37 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detection focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Leica Q2 as a Street photography camera
Zeiss ZX1 as a Street photography camera
70
built in image stabilization (Optical)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
environment sealing
great ISO range (50,000)
screen does not articulate
heavier than others in class (718 grams)
71
screen can move to multiple angles
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
has touch focus
great high ISO (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than others (800 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica Q2
Sports photography with Zeiss ZX1
79
silent shooting (1/40,000 seconds)
max fps high (20.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
excellent sensor resolution (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (370 shots)
can't change focal length (28mm)
has no phase detect AF
65
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count amazing (37 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
fixed focal length (35mm)
max fps very slow (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Leica Q2 Travel photography highlights
Zeiss ZX1 Travel photography highlights
70
better than average battery pack (370 shots)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
provides touch to focus
excellent sensor resolution (47MP)
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
heavier than others in class (718 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
65
has bluetooth
has touch focus
MP count amazing (37MP)
great maximum aperture (f2)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than others (800 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica Q2
Landscape photography with Zeiss ZX1
80
you can focus manually
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
excellent sensor resolution (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
great ISO range (50,000)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (370 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)
70
manual focus
great maximum aperture (f2)
very good size screen (4.34 inches)
MP count amazing (37MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica Q2 Vlogging info
Zeiss ZX1 Vlogging info
32
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of mic support
heavier than others in class (718 grams)
31
great maximum aperture (f2)
touchscreen capability
offers face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no external microphone support
more heavy than others (800g)
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Leica Q2 vs Zeiss ZX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica Q2 and Zeiss ZX1
 Leica Q2Zeiss ZX1
General Information
Company Leica Zeiss
Model type Leica Q2 Zeiss ZX1
Otherwise known as Type No. 4889 -
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2019-03-07 2018-09-27
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 47 megapixels 37 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 8368 x 5584 7488 x 4992
Maximum native ISO 50000 51200
Min native ISO 50 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 49 255
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 35mm (1x)
Maximal aperture f/1.7 f/2-22
Macro focusing range 17cm -
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3" 4.34"
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 2,765k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,680k dots 6,221k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed 1/40000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 20.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/500 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4K/30/24p, 1080/120/60/30/24p 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 718 gr (1.58 lbs) 800 gr (1.76 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6") 142 x 93 x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 96 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 26.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 2491 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BP-SCL4 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC 512GB internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $4,985 -