Leica Q2 Monochrom

Leica Q2 Monochrom front
  • 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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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #92 out of 1465 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

The Leica Q2 Monochrom is part of a family of products. You can read the full range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Leica-Q3 front thumbnailLeica Q3
Q2 Monochrom vs Q3
60MPFull frame2023
Leica-Q2-Monochrom front thumbnailLeica Q2 Monochrom28mm
47MPFull frame2020
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Leica-Q2 front thumbnailLeica Q2
Q2 Monochrom vs Q2
47MPFull frame2019
Leica-Q-P front thumbnailLeica Q-P
Q2 Monochrom vs Q-P
24MPFull frame2018
Leica-Q front thumbnailLeica Q
Q2 Monochrom vs Q
24MPFull frame2015

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.

above average flash sync speed (1/500s)
above average high ISO (100,000)
above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
comes with tracking autofocus
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
fast max aperture (f1.7)
fast shooting (20.0 frames/s)
good battery life (350 shots)
has manual focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
large sensor size (Full frame)
MP count excellent (47MP)
nice clear screen (1,040 k dots)
nice screen size (3 inch)
no low pass filter
offers focus via touch
screen is touchscreen
silent mode (1/40,000s)
supports bluetooth
can't change focal length (28mm)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
heavier than others (734 grams)
missing external mic socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing Time Lapse recording
no phase detect auto focus
screen is not selfie friendly
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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.

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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.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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 396 gr so the Leica Q2 Monochrom is heavier when compared to various competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Leica Q2 Monochrom besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Leica Q2 Monochrom dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the Q2 Monochrom.

Leica Q2 Monochrom topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Following is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

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 88 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.

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focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/500s)
excellent resolution (47 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW files

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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
offers focus via touch
environment proof
good ISO range (100,000)
no articulating screen
more heavy than others (734 grams)

Leica Q2 Monochrom Sports photography features

A terrific sports photography points total of 80 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.

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quiet shutter (1/40,000s)
high frames per second (20.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
amazing resolution (47MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
great battery pack (350 shots)
fixed focal length (28mm)
has no phase detect autofocus

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 66 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to take with you on your vacations.

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better than average battery (350 CIPA)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
boasts touch focus
resolution is great (47MP)
fast max aperture (f1.7)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (734g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display

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 77 as a landscape camera is a brilliant fit among it's rivals.

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manual focus
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count high (47 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (100,000)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery life (350 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function

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.

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very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic port
heavier than average (734 grams)

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.

There are more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Leica Q2 Monochrom
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
47 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
8368 x 5584
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28mm (1x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
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
Minimum shutter speed
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed
1/40000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/500 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
4096 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
734 grams (1.62 lbs)
130 x 80 x 92mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.6")
Battery life
350 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Launch cost