Leica Q2: Hands-On Impressions

We explore the performance of Leica’s latest full-frame mirrorless camera

In a way, a Leica camera in the photography world is equivalent to a Mercedes-Benz in motoring. Both products are of luxury and high-end in terms of design, performance, and quality. As an every-man, for me to actually experience either one of their products is a rare opportunity. But when actually given the chance, the gratification of using them is positively overwhelming. Fortunately, that was the case for me during the Malaysian launch of the Leica Q2 camera at their official store in Avenue K on 13 March 2019.

Hergestellt in Deutschland

Leica takes pride in its craftsmanship, and it shows with the Q2. Like all of the company’s products, the camera itself is traditionally hand-made in Germany. It sports a magnesium alloy body with an elegant yet minimalist layout, thus keeping only the essential buttons and dials without sacrificing its ease of use. It also comes with protective sealing against dust and water spray for outdoor photography.

Photography Leica boss

The Leica Q2 is equipped with a newly developed 47.3 megapixel full-frame sensor. While it does not have interchangeable lenses, it does come kitted with a Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens. On that setup alone, it was more than enough to produce excellent looking photos in both outdoors and indoors - the latter made possible thanks to ISO sensitivities up to 50,000 and a large aperture to allow more light into the sensor.

Thanks to its high megapixel count and integrated digital zoom function, framing is not limited to its 28mm focal length as images can be shot at 35, 50, or 75mm in real time. The cropped images are saved in JPEG format at reduced resolutions, while the original is also saved simultaneously as a DNG file at full resolution. Macro mode is also available with a close focus distance of 17cm.

Sharp shooter

As a fan of candid photography, shooting with the Leica Q2 is wholefully satisfying thanks to its incredibly fast autofocus. Switching subjects to focus on while shooting takes a split second, and it's done even more easier when using its high resolution 3.68 megapixel OLED viewfinder. Selective focus can also be done manually with the 3” LCD touchscreen display which is also useful for shooting at higher or lower angles. Video recordings can be done on the Leica Q2 at 4K resolution with 30 or 24 fps. Alternatively, you may also record at full HD with 120, 60, 30, or 24 fps.

Through the lens of luxury

I was genuinely amazed by the Leica Q2’s performance and was introduced to a wider array of quality that’s rarely found in most cameras in the market. Indeed, the price point of a Leica camera is intimidating for most, but for those who are fans of the renowned German camera makers and are able to afford it, rest assured that they are getting their money’s worth with the Leica Q2.

Given only a limited time during the launch, I did not manage to try it outdoors and was only allowed to test it in their store. Personally, I would very much like to explore more of the camera and its features, so hopefully we at Stuff Asia will get another chance to test the Leica Q2 for a full in-depth review in the near future.

The Leica Q2 is available in Malaysia now, and is retailing at MYR 22,350 at the Leica Store in Avenue K and selected Leica authorised dealers.

Leica Q2 photo samples