Leica has announced the newest addition to its ultra-premium camera lineup, the all-new Leica Q2. The new camera boasts of a number of impressive features, but the one most likely to catch your eye will be the 47.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor.
The Leica Q2’s 47-megapixel sensor is complemented by the ultra-fast Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. The uncropped 28mm field of view may be wide for some users, which is why Leica has built a 35mm, 50mm and even a 75mm field-of-view crop into the camera, which yields images with resolutions of 30, 14.7, or 6.6 megapixels respectively. The selected crop is displayed as a bright-line frame in the viewfinder and on the rear display panel. The Leica Q2 is also capable of shooting 4K video at 30 or 24 fps, which frame rates going as high as 120 if you switch to FullHD recording. The lens features optical image stabilization.
The magnesium alloy body of the Leica Q2 is also equipped with weather sealing, meaning the camera can be used in most weather conditions, albeit with some caution. The back of the camera features a 3.68-megapixel OLED electronic viewfinder while the 3-inch TFT LCD has a resolution of 1.04 megapixels. There is also a new eye-sensor which is supposed to provide almost instantaneous switching between the EVF and the LCD. In terms of ergonomics, Leica seems to have borrowed design cues from the M10 and its CL Line with the single stage On/Off toggle. There is also a programmable button on the dial at the back. In addition to all of the above, the Leica Q2 also comes with modern “amenities” like built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy that works with Leica’s FOTOS app. You also get 14-bit colour, a single SDXC card slot and an on-board stereo mic.
Being a Leica, the Q2 is by no means a cheap camera. The price tag on this is currently $4995 in the U.S, which roughly translates to Rs 3,48,000. India price is not yet known, but the camera is expected to launch here around mid-April.