Introducing the Leica Q: a 24MP Full-Frame Compact with Fixed 28mm f/1.7 Lens

Leica has just released their new full-frame 24-megapixel , the Leica Q (Typ 116), which fashions a Summilux 28mm f/1.7 fixed lens. While following Leica tradition in many aspects of its beautiful design, the Leica Q doesn’t shy away from incorporating fresh advancements into the camera such as a 3.68-megapixel viewfinder, a 3-inch 1.04-million dot touchscreen LCD, quick autofocus, and the ability to shoot 10 frames per second.

Priced at a red dot-approved $4,250, the Leica Q comes in a few thousand dollars less than the beloved Leica M. The German-made Leica Q’s construction is made up of a top plate machined from aluminum and a magnesium alloy body. The fixed-focus, image stabilized 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH lens sports 11 elements in 9 groups. Three of these lens elements are aspherical. Aperture size is set by a physical lens ring.

According to Leica, the contrast-detect autofocus system in the Leica Q is the “fastest autofocus in its class.” Using the newly developed Maestro II image processor specially adapted for this camera, the processor is able to speed up data transfer and allows the camera to get up to 10 frames per second with full resolution DNG raw files. Low-light shooters will be able to dial the ISO all the way up to 50,000 from its base ISO of 100. The mechanical shutter fires up to 1/2,000s shutter speeds, with an electronically shutter option giving the Leica Q shutter speeds of up to 1/16,000s. Other features include full HD 1080p video recording at 60 or 30fps, Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, and their digital frame selector (enables preview lines in the viewfinder for 35mm and 50mm shooting equivalence).

Ryan Mense is a published landscape photographer and Fstoppers Editor. He holds a strong interest in the printed presentation of photography, fine art commerce, and clean post-processing methods.

4k for a fixed lens camera is rather steep. I dont mind hitting the streets with one lens and making due, but still for this amount of money i’d like the option that comes with a interchangeable lens camera.