Leica Q2 Monochrom
- 47MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 100000
- Optical Image Stabilization
- No Anti-Alias Filter
- 4096 x 2160 video
- 28mm (F1.7) lens
- 734g - 130 x 80 x 92mm
- Introduced October 2020
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- Size Comparison
Leica Q2 Monochrom summary
Leica Q2 Monochrom is Leica's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially launched on October of 2020. The camera features a 47MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a full resolution of 8368 x 5584.
The Q2 Monochrom places at #2 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #100 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
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Leica Q2 Monochrom history
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Leica Q2 Monochrom Gallery
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Leica Q2 Monochrom Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Leica Q2 Monochrom based on features that are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Sensor specifications
The measurement of the sensor in the Leica Q2 Monochrom is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 8368 x 5584 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor boasts 47MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 100000. RAW files are supported so the user has wider margin for error.
Leica made the decision to skip the low pass filter inside the Leica Q2 Monochrom. This can result in more sharp photographs but could create moire under certain situations.
The image below displays the Q2 Monochrom's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The Q2 Monochrom sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Leica Q2 Monochrom dimensions
Leica Q2 Monochrom weighs in at 1.62 lb (734 gr or 25.89 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 130mm x 80mm x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6"). The weight of average Large Sensor Compact camera is 392 gr so the Leica Q2 Monochrom is heavier when compared to various competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Listed below is a photo of the Leica Q2 Monochrom besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the Q2 Monochrom.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Lens specifications
The Q2 Monochrom comes with a built in lens featuring a fixed focal length of 28mm which means you don't have the option to zoom.
At the widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f1.7 which is good in low light conditions and getting a shallow depth of field. It will also enable you to go with a lower ISO to have crisper photos.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Connectivity
The Q2 Monochrom has the following connectivity:
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Many applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Video specifications
The highest possible video quality in the Leica Q2 Monochrom is 4096 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p offers a fantastic quality for video. You will be able to crop to 1080p in order to get better video. Beware of the large file sizes and ensure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speeds. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack so you get little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to look into a different camera if you require decent sound in your videos.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Weather Sealing
Leica Q2 Monochrom provides environment proofing which makes it a great option to use for tough environments. This is especially valuable when you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter for outdoor photography.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Screen and Viewfinder
The Leica Q2 Monochrom features a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly so you will be able to set focus point and change settings with your fingertips.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details regarding Leica Q2 Monochrom are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 3,680k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.76x
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are pretty valuable.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Shutter specifications
Leica Q2 Monochrom continuous shooting speed is 20.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/40000s. Beware that the electronic shutter could lead to "rolling shutter" under certain conditions.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Leica Q2 Monochrom includes external flash support but is without inbuilt flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/500s.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Autofocusing specifications
Leica Q2 Monochrom includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it handy for taking portraits of people.
The AF system features 49 focus points to choose from. Leica Q2 Monochrom has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Leica Q2 Monochrom boasts manual focusing if needed for low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on focusing.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Battery life
The battery life (BP-SCL4) in the Leica Q2 Monochrom is built to last for 350 shutters as per the CIPA benchmarks making it above the usual for its category. The average Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has got the best (450) battery life for this category of cameras.
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Leica Q2 Monochrom for varying forms of photography
The following bar chart provides a summary of the Leica Q2 Monochrom for varying forms of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
The Leica Q2 Monochrom receives a score of 89 which is fantastic, and means the camera is a brilliant option for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support together with the option to work with external lighting.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Street photography info
Coming in at a nice score of 69, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is a respectable pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Sports photography features
A terrific sports photography points total of 81 indicates the Leica Q2 Monochrom is a outstanding fit for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Travel photography highlights
Weight is really crucial in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Leica Q2 Monochrom gets a very good 67 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to take with you on your vacations.
Landscape photography with Leica Q2 Monochrom
For anyone looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Leica Q2 Monochrom with it's wonderful grade of 78 as a landscape camera is a brilliant fit among it's rivals.
Vlogging with Leica Q2 Monochrom
A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a dreadful score of 32.
Leica Q2 Monochrom Alternatives
If you want replacements to the Q2 Monochrom, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Large Sensor Compact.
The line graph listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the Q2 Monochrom compared to it's top scored competitors listed earlier.
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