Leica Q-P

 
Leica Q-P front
 
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F1.7-16) lens
  • 640g - 130 x 80 x 93mm
  • Launched November 2018
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
63
Imaging
77
Features
57
Overall
69

Leica Q-P summary

Leica Q-P is Leica's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially introduced on November of 2018. The camera uses a 24MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The Q-P is ranked #8 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over all #146 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Leica Q-P history

The Leica Q-P comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-Q2-Monochrom front thumbnailLeica Q2 Monochrom
Q-P vs Q2 Monochrom
28mm
F1.7
47MPFull frame2020
Leica-Q2 front thumbnailLeica Q2
Q-P vs Q2
28mm
F1.7
47MPFull frame2019
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Leica-Q-P front thumbnailLeica Q-P28mm
F1.7-16
24MPFull frame2018
Leica-Q front thumbnailLeica Q
Q-P vs Q
28mm
F1.7
24MPFull frame2015

Leica Q-P Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Leica Q-P based on criterias that are generally considered crucial in a digital camera.

decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
features face detect autofocus
focusing manually
good resolution screen (1,040 thousand dot)
great sensor size (Full frame)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes HDMI port
NFC connectivity
offers focus via touch
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
supports RAW formats
touchscreen enabled
very good max aperture (f1.7)
very good minimum ISO (0)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have headphone port
does not have mic port
does not have phase detect autofocus
focal length is fixed (28mm)
heavier than competition (640g)
lack of image stabilization
low max ISO (0)
no articulating screen
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Leica Q-P Sensor features

The Leica Q-P is run by the Maestro II processor. The sensor dimension in the Leica Q-P is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 0 - 0. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more margin for error.

The image below shows the Q-P's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The Q-P sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Leica Q-P dimensions

Leica Q-P weighs 1.41 lb (640 gr / 22.58 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 130mm x 80mm x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 gr so the Leica Q-P is heavier as compared to various rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Leica Q-P beside a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Leica Q-P dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button design on the Q-P.

Leica Q-P topview buttons dials

Leica Q-P Lens features

The Q-P has got a built in lens offering a fixed focal length of 28mm meaning that you don't have the option to zoom.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f1.7 making it beneficial in low light conditions and getting a shallow depth of field. It is going to also enable you to go with a lower ISO to get crisper photos.

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Leica Q-P Connectivity

The Q-P has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes change settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Leica Q-P Video features

The max video quality in the Leica Q-P is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance in video quality versus file size but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. The body does not have a mic and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to look at another camera should you need good sound in your videos.

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Leica Q-P Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Leica Q-P so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Leica Q-P Screen and Viewfinder

The Leica Q-P houses a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to switch focus point as well as change settings with your finger.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Leica Q-P are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 3,680 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be particularly helpful.

Leica Q-P Shutter features

Leica Q-P has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter could lead to "rolling shutter" under some conditions.

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Leica Q-P Flash and Hot shoe features

Leica Q-P includes external flash support but does not have inbuilt flash.

Leica Q-P Autofocus features

Leica Q-P includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is handy for portraits.

It boasts 49 focus points to select from. Leica Q-P has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch focus. Leica Q-P has got manual focusing in case it is needed in low light scenarios or you want more precise control on focusing.

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Leica Q-P Battery life

The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U has got the maximum (450) battery life in this range of cameras.

Following is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Leica-X2 front thumbnailLeica X2
Q-P vs X2
450 yesnono

Leica Q-P for different types of photography

The following chart shows a summary of the Leica Q-P for different types of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.

Leica Q-P Portrait photography features

The Leica Q-P gets a score of 86 which is brilliant, and means the camera is a superb option for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support & potential to use external flash.

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has manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has face detection focus
supports RAW files

Leica Q-P Street photography details

With a modest points total of 58, the Leica Q-P is relatively acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
offers touch to focus
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competition (640g)
low maximum ISO (0)

Leica Q-P Sports photography factors

A nice sports photography points tally of 63 suggests the Leica Q-P is a fine choice for shooting sports. A camera should have excellent tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent mode (1/16,000s)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
fixed focal length (28mm)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect autofocus

Leica Q-P as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very important when buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Leica Q-P gets a very good 64 as a travel camera which is a very decent option to buy for your trips.

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includes touch focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
great maximum aperture (f1.7)
heavier than competitors in class (640 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display

Leica Q-P Landscape photography advice

For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica Q-P at it's above average score of 67 for a landscape camera is a very decent fit within the current market.

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has manual focus
good maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen size is good (3 inch)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
no image stabilization
low max ISO (0)

Leica Q-P as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Leica Q-P is not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible rating of 30.

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good max aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen enabled
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition (640 grams)

Leica Q-P Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the Q-P, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The chart listed below gives you an overview of the Q-P versus it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may view as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Leica
Model type
Leica Q-P
Category
Large Sensor Compact
Launched
2018-11-06
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
Maestro II
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
864.0mm²
Sensor resolution
24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Peak resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW format
Highest native ISO
0
Lowest native ISO
0
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
49
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28mm (1x)
Highest aperture
f/1.7-16
Macro focusing distance
17cm
Crop factor
1
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
3,680 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.76x
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/2000s
Max silent shutter speed
1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
640 grams (1.41 lb)
Dimensions
130 x 80 x 93mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7")
Other
Battery ID
BP-DC12
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Cost at release
$3,995