Leica Releases 24MP Full Frame Compact camera – Leica Q (Typ 116)

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Release Date : 10 June 2015
Availability :  Late June 2015
Price :  $ 4,250.00
Available at : Adorama | B&H
Brochure :  English

Key features

  • Full-frame 24 MP CMOS Sensor
  • Fast Lens – Summilux 28 mm f1.7 ASPH
  • ISO sensitivity up to 50,000
  • 3.68 MP Electronic Viewfinder
  • Live-View and Focus Peaking
  • Video recordings in Full HD
  • 3″ Touchscreen LCD
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and Leica Q-App

Leica Q sets a new standard in compact camera world. Its a full frame camera with high resolution electronic viewfinder which has a 120 hz refresh rate. It has both leaf and electronic shutter. Electronic shutter can operate silently at 1/16000 of a second. The Summilux 28 mm f1.7 is an extremely sharp lens, just like any other legendary Leica lens. The lens can focus as close as 17cm. Leica Q iOS app adds extra benefit to the users. It allows to remotely control the camera and gives access to images.

Leica Q app has following functions:
– Camera live view
– Control capture settings
– Triggering the camera
– Start / Stop video recording
– View, download and share images directly from the camera
– Delete images

Leica Q app

To ensure that the decisive moment is never missed, the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has the fastest autofocus in its class and offers almost real-time precision focusing. At the same time, its newly developed image processor from the Leica Maestro II family, specially adapted for use in the Leica Q, processes the data from the sensor at an enormous speed and delivers up to ten frames per second at full resolution. To permit reliable control of subject composition at this speed, the Leica Q also features an integrated viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 MP. Even the finest details of every exposure are displayed without any perceptible lag as soon as the camera is brought up to the user’s eye.

The digital frame selector of the Leica Q offers even more creative opportunities – alternative subject framing can be selected at the press of a button. In addition to the focal length of 28 mm at full resolution, this function also offers the equivalent of shooting with 35 and 50 mm lenses. The corresponding frames are displayed in the viewfinder at the press of a button. In the same way as with a rangefinder camera, photographers can still see what is going on outside the bright-line frame and can react much faster to changes in and around the subject. The selected framing is preserved in the JPEG image files, while the RAW files in DNG format record the entire field captured by the 28 mm lens.

The Leica Q also carries forward the Leica tradition of a reduction to the essentials in terms of its design. The seal of quality, ‘made in Germany’, guarantees that only the finest materials are employed in its construction to guarantee exceptional endurance. The top plate is machined from solid blocks of aluminium, the body is made of magnesium alloy, and all lettering and the markings on its setting dials are laser-engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of its leathering ensure ideal grip and clearly illustrate that form and function still go hand in hand at Leica.

All functions of the Leica Q are clearly laid out and logically placed to guarantee perfect ergonomics. Its clear menu concept provides rapid access to all essential functions and also offers custom programming options: for instance, convenient definition of the autofocus limits by key control. Alternatively, the touchscreen can be used for focusing by eye, or the focusing point can be selected with a simple touch of a fingertip. In manual focusing mode, Live View offers two additional electronic focusing aids: Focus Peaking shows points in the subject that are sharply focused by coloured highlighting of edges, and Live View Zoom simultaneously lets the photographer check the sharply focused parts of the scene with up to sixfold magnification. With the Leica Q, photographers always have everything under perfect control, even without electronic aids. The two essential parameters for photography, the aperture and the shutter speed, can be read from the corresponding control elements and set – even when the camera is switched off.

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The unusually high speed and unmistakable bokeh of the lens of the Leica Q also reveal their unique qualities when shooting in video mode. Video recorded in full HD with the Leica Q is indistinguishable from professional movie footage. Depending on the scene, users can choose between 30 and 60 full frames per second for video recording in MP4 format. An integrated wind-noise filter guarantees crystal-clear sound.

The Leica Q features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless transmission of still pictures and video to other devices and remote control by WLAN from a smartphone or a tablet PC. The Leica Q app for these features can be downloaded free from the Leica website. In addition to remote release and display of the viewfinder image, the app also allows the setting of parameters like the aperture and shutter speed from the device employed.

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Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X and Microsoft Windows®, is also included in the Leica Q package. This digital image processing software offers a comprehensive range of functions for the management, processing and presentation of digital image data. Leica Q customers can download the software free from the Leica website after registering their camera.

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Camera type  Leica Q (Typ 116) – 24MP Full frame digital compact camera
Picture format/aspect ratio 24 X 36 MM / 2:3
Lens Leica Summilux 28 mm/f1.7 ASPH , 11 lenses in 9 groups, 3 aspehrical lenses
Digital frame selector (digital zoom) optionally approx. 1.25x (corresponding to 35 mm) or approx. 1.8 x (corresponding to 50 mm)
Image stabilization optical compensation system for photo and video recordings
Aperture 1.7 to 16 in 1/3 EV increments
Picture sensor/resolution CMOS sensor, 26.3/24.2 million pixels (total /effective)
Dynamic range 13 aperture stops
Color depth 14Bit
Photo capture format optional: DNG + JPEG, JPEG
DNG/JPEG resolution 24MP (6000 x 4000 px), 12MP (4272 x 2848 px), 6mp (2976 x 1984 px), 1.7MP (1600 x 1080 px)
Video recording format MP4
Video resolution/frame rate optional: FHD 1920 x 1080p with 60 or 30 B/ or HD 1280 x 720 p with 30 B/s
Sound recording format AAC
Microphone Stereo
Loudspeaker Mono
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
ISO Range Automatic, ISO 100 TO ISO 50000
White Balance Automatic, default settings for: daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings with measuring, manual color temperature setting
Color range Optional for photos: sRGB, Adobe®RGB, ECI RGB
Focus/Saturation/Contrast Each selectable in 5 steps, for saturation also in B/W
Focusing Working Range 30 cm to infinity with macro setting from 17 cm
Setting automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing, option of magnifying function and edge marking (focus peaking) available for manual setting
Autofocus System Contrast-based autofocus system
Autofocus Modes (shutter release only after successful focusing), (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be saved
Autofocus Metering Modes 1-field (adjustable), multi-field, face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release by touching the monitor
Exposure Modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting
Scene Modes Fully automatic, sports, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature effect, panorama, time lapse
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV IN 1/3 EV increments
Automatic Bracketing Three pictures in graduation of up to 3 EV, can be set in EV increments
Shutter Type Mechanic and electronic
Shutter Speeds 30s to 1/2000S with mech. Shutter 1/2500S to 1/16000S with electronic shutter, in 1/3 increments, flash synchronization up to 1/500S
Picture series optional 10/5/3/s (H/M/L)
Self-Timer Delay time either 2 or 12 seconds
Viewfinder Electronic LCOS display, resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels x 3 colors (=3.68MP), aspect ratio: 4:3 adjustable ± diopter, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor
Monitor 3” TFT LCD monitor with approx. 1, 040,000 pixels, touch control possible
WLAN Satisfies IEEE 802.1 lb/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/WPA2™, access method: infrastructure mode
NFC According to JIS x 6319-4 standard / 13.56 MHz
Connections Micro USB socket (2.), HDMI socket
Power Supply Leica BP-DC 12, lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V (7.2 D.C.), capacity 1200mAh
Charger Leica BC-DC 12, input:100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz, automatic switching, output: 8.4 V DC; 0.65 A
Body In Leica design made of massive, extremely light magnesium and aluminum, two loops for the carrying strap, ISO accessory shoe with center and control contact to connect flash units
Lens Filter Thread & Tripod Thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4”)
Dimensions & Weight (WXHXD) Approx. 130 x 80 x 93 mm & Approx. 590 / 640 (without / with battery)