Leica Q

Leica Q front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 50000
  • Yes Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F1.7) lens
  • 640g - 130 x 80 x 93mm
  • Released June 2015
  • Additionally referred to as Typ 116
  • Successor is Leica Q2
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Leica Q overview

Leica Q is Leica's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on June of 2015. It has got a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000. It is also known as "Typ 116" in other markets.

Leica launched the updated Leica Q2 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The Q is ranked #9 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all round #186 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Leica Q history

The Leica Q is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-Q3 front thumbnailLeica Q3
Q vs Q3
60MPFull frame2023
Leica-Q2-Monochrom front thumbnailLeica Q2 Monochrom
Q vs Q2 Monochrom
47MPFull frame2020
Photography Glossary
Leica-Q2 front thumbnailLeica Q2
Q vs Q2
47MPFull frame2019
Leica-Q-P front thumbnailLeica Q-P
Q vs Q-P
24MPFull frame2018
Leica-Q front thumbnailLeica Q28mm
24MPFull frame2015

Leica Q Pros and Cons

Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Leica Q based on criterias which are typically viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (50,000)
above average min ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Yes)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
does have HDMI socket
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
focusing manually
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
high resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
offers face detect autofocus
provides focus by touch
saves RAW files
screen is touchscreen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
fixed focal length (28mm)
lack of headphone socket
lack of microphone socket
lack of phase detect autofocus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
more heavy than average in class (640 grams)
no moving screen
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Leica Q Sensor details

The Leica Q houses the Maestro II processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Leica Q is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor is able to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera has Image Stabilization (Yes). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 50000. RAW files are saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the Q's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The Q sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica Q dimensions

Leica Q weighs in at 1.41 pounds (640 gr or 22.58 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 130mm x 80mm x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 gr and the Leica Q is heavier in comparison with various rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Leica Q besides a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Leica Q dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the Q.

Leica Q topview buttons dials

Leica Q Lens specs

The Q is equipped with a built-in lens and it has a constant focal length of 28mm meaning that you do not have the ability to zoom.

At the widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f1.7 making it amazing for low light situations and capturing good bokeh. It is going to also let you set a much lower ISO to produce cleaner images.

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Leica Q Connectivity

The Q has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and at times alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Leica Q Video specs

The maximum video resolution on the Leica Q is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance in video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone port which means you have got little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase another model if you require decent audio for your videos.

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Leica Q Weather Sealing

Leica Q doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Leica Q Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica Q has got a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to switch focus points plus change settings using your fingertips.

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The View Finder details for Leica Q are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 3,680k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be rather helpful.

Leica Q Shutter specs

Leica Q continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter might result in "rolling shutter" in certain lighting conditions.

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Leica Q Flash and Hot shoe specs

Leica Q has external flash ability but is without in-built flash.

Leica Q Autofocus specs

Leica Q has just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be helpful for people photography.

Leica Q has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to change focus. Leica Q supports manual focus if needed in low light situations or you require more precise focus control.

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Leica Q Battery life

The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U offers the highest possible (450) battery life in this group of cameras.

Here is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Leica-X-U front thumbnailLeica X-U
Q vs X-U
450 yesnono
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Leica-X2 front thumbnailLeica X2
Q vs X2
450 yesnono

Leica Q for specific forms of photography

The following graph presents a analysis of the Leica Q for specific forms of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Leica Q as a Portrait photography camera

The Leica Q receives a points total of 83 which is exceptional, meaning that it is a excellent fit to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
good megapixels (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection focus
saves RAW files

Leica Q Street photography highlights

Having a very good points total of 67, the Leica Q is a very decent choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Yes)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
provides touch focus
above average ISO range (50,000)
fixed screen
heavier than competition in class (640 grams)

Leica Q Sports photography advice

A very good sports photography rating of 69 indicates the Leica Q is a fine choice for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Yes)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
doesn't have phase detect AF

Leica Q Travel photography highlights

Weight is really important in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Leica Q gets a nice 63 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to buy for your holidays.

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includes focus via touch
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
heavier than competition (640 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen

Leica Q Landscape photography highlights

When you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Leica Q with it's above average rating of 75 for a landscape camera is a respectable fit compared to it's rivals.

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manual focus
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Yes)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good ISO range (50,000)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (28mm)

Leica Q Vlogging info

A vlogging camera really should offer a moving display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Leica Q is simply not good for vlogging as it gets a terrible rating of 32.

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fast max aperture (f1.7)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Yes)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (640g)

Leica Q Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the Q, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The line graph below offers you an overview of the Q versus it's highest ranked competitors listed previously.

These are some more cameras you might regard as alternative options. To review a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Leica Q
Also called as
Typ 116
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Maestro II
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28mm (1x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
640 grams (1.41 pounds)
130 x 80 x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Launch pricing