Merging two of their
most unique series, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is a
full-frame compact camera fitted with a 47.3MP monochrome sensor, which is used
for the sole purpose of recording vivid and rich black-and-white imagery.
Compared to a standard CMOS sensor, this specialized monochrome sensor
omits the color filter array to enable recording of just luminance
values in order to achieve greater visual depth and clarity, along with
improved sensitivity to ISO 100,000 and reduced noise levels to suit
working in difficult lighting. The sensor's design also sees the
omission of an optical low-pass filter, and inclusion of an updated
microlens array, which helps to produce sharper, higher resolution
Beyond its Monochrom distinction, this version of the Q2 follows a
familiar path of quick and robust performance and intuitive handling.
The sensor pairs with a Maestro II image processor to offer fast
shooting operation up to 10 fps, support for both DCI and UHD 4K video
recording, and reliable autofocus performance. This camera also
features the same beloved Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. wide-angle prime
lens, which has been matched to the sensor design for exceptional
resolution and clarity.
The Q2 Monochrom also retains the cherished sleek and compact design
that makes it ideal for street and travel shooting, and this Monochrom
version even sports a more inconspicuous matte black finish without the
Leica red dot. Its magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed for working
in trying environments and it uses the same battery featured in the
flagship SL-series of mirrorless cameras for longer battery life. A
high-resolution 3.68MP OLED electronic viewfinder is featured for fluid
and clear eye-level monitoring and a rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen
LCD also affords straightforward playback and settings control.
Built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi permit wireless sharing and remote
camera control from a linked mobile device via the Leica FOTOS app.
Distinguishing itself from the standard Q2, the Q2 Monochrom
is the first black-and-white-only model of this compact full-frame camera.
Based on the standard edition, this distinct version features the coveted
design elements of the Q2 system but adds a 47.3MP monochrome without a color
filter array or low-pass filter, in order to record only black-and-white
imagery with greater sharpness and detail. Beyond the unique imaging
characteristics and image quality, the Q2 Monochrom also features a
monochromatic exterior design, with white and gray engravings on the body and a
clean top plate appearance.
47.3MP B&W Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and Maestro
Featuring a truly unique imaging system, the Q2 Monochrom
incorporates a high-resolution 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, which pairs with
the Maestro II image processor to deliver a wide dynamic range with notable
tonal rendering, as well as enhanced sensitivity to suit working in a variety
of lighting conditions. The sensor's design features an updated microlens array
and omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness,
resolution, and clarity. Additionally, differentiating itself from typical
sensor designs, the Q2 Monochrom sensor omits a color filter array (CFA), which
offers the ability to solely record monochromatic imagery using only luminance
values for enhanced clarity, depth, and resolution. By removing the CFA, this
camera also achieves a higher sensitivity range of ISO 100-100,000 than the
color-enabled Q2 camera, along with reduced noise to suit working in difficult
lighting conditions and a broad 13-stop dynamic range.
The Maestro II's processing capabilities also afford fast shooting performance,
up to 10 fps at full-resolution with a mechanical shutter, along with an
especially quick autofocus system. Stills can be recorded as 14-bit DNG files
and JPEGs. The added resolution also enables unique digital zoom capabilities to
simulate working with different focal length lenses: 30MP images can be created
using a 35mm field of view, 15MP images with a 50mm field of view, and 7MP with
a 75mm field of view.
In addition to stills, and unique among Monochrom cameras, this Q2 supports
both DCI 4K24p and UHD 4K30p video recording, along with high-speed Full HD
recording at up to 120p.
Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
Key to the popularity of the Q-series is the incorporation
of a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 wide-angle prime lens. Blending Leica's optical
know-how with a design perfectly matched to the image sensor, this lens
incorporates three aspherical elements to control distortion and spherical
aberrations for sharp and accurate rendering. Its fast f/1.7 maximum aperture
also excels in low-light conditions and offers improved control over depth of
field. Extending its versatility, a dedicated macro focusing position can also
be used for working with subjects as close as 6.7" away. Additionally,
optical image stabilization helps to compensate for the effects of camera shake
for sharper handheld shooting.
- High-resolution 3.68MP (1280
x 960) OLED electronic viewfinder provides a clear and realistic means for
eye-level viewing. Its high refresh rate virtually eliminates lag and an
updated eye sensor provides faster automatic switching between the EVF and
the rear LCD.
- Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD
features a touchscreen design for intuitive navigation and playback, as
well as the ability to touch to focus.
- Lightweight magnesium alloy body
is dust and moisture sealed (IP52-rated) for use in harsh environmental
- BP-SCL4 battery offers
approximately 350 shots per charge and the battery's physical design
incorporates a rubber gasket to further reinforce the overall weather
- Enhanced haptics, following
suit of the M10 and CL-series cameras, emphasize a simpler interface,
including a single-stage On/Off button, a three-button rear control set, a
programmable button within the thumb-wheel dial, a push-button diopter
adjustment, and a distinctive thumb grip.
- Mechanical shutter affords
flash sync speeds up to 1/500 sec.
- Lens features a 49mm filter
thread diameter for attaching optional filters.
- Accepts one SD-type memory
card and supports the UHS II protocol.
- Built-in Wi-Fi, when used in
conjunction with the Leica FOTOS app for iOS and Android, permits sharing
imagery directly to a linked mobile device and also enables remote control
over the camera and remote shooting via a live view image. Additionally,
Bluetooth LE helps to maintain a permanent connection between the mobile
device and the camera, enabling remote waking of the camera and automat
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