Leica presented a variation of its Q2, dedicated to monochrome photography. This Leica Q2 Monochrom offers a full frame sensor in a compact size.
This week, the German manufacturer Leica unveiled a new version of its Leica Q2, released in March 2019. As its name suggests, this Leica Q2 Monochrom takes the main strengths of the first version, but this time is focused on the black and white photo.
The compact camera is thus equipped with a sensor full frame 24 x 36 mm, capable of recording 47 megapixel shots. It also includes a 28mm prime lens opening at f / 1.7 for bright images. The Leica Q2 Monochrom, however, offers several digital zoom levels at 35, 50 or 75mm. The device also features optical stabilization that is effective not only for videos, but also for photos.
On the shooting characteristics side, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is able to go from 100 to 100,000 ISO and a speed of 1/2000 second with the mechanical shutter – 1/4000 second with the electronic shutter – to 60 seconds for long shots. According to Leica, the device is able to cover up to 13 stops of dynamic range with the sensitivity of ISO 200.
4K cinema video mode
It also allows shooting up to a speed of 10 frames per second in a burst using the hybrid shutter. For video, the Leica Q2 Monochrom can record 4K Cinema (4096 x 2160) sequences at 24 frames per second, 4K Ultra HD at 24 or 30 frames per second, or Full HD at 24, 30, 60 or 120 frames per second.
On the body side, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen, but not swiveling, in addition to an Oled viewfinder of 1280 x 960 pixels. The device is also compatible with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for transferring files. According to Leica, its battery provides up to 350 shots.
Especially aimed at professionals and photography enthusiasts, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is available at a rather steep price of 5,590 euros, or 600 euros more than the classic version of the Leica Q2.