There's no denying that at first glance, this new fixed-lens camera from Leica looks a lot like the Leica X typ 113. Believe me when I say this though: this is something completely different, incredibly special, and a peek into a completely new direction for Leica and photography in general.
I'll cut to the chase: this is a 24 megapixel full-frame digital camera, with a fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilization and a high resolution electronic viewfinder, all in a package even smaller and lighter than Leica's flagship M camera. This is one of only two full-frame fixed lens mirrorless cameras on the market (the second being the Sony RX1), and it shows that Leica has been listening to its users and are keen on delivering products that truly excite the photography community.
The auto-focusing Summilux lens is as stunning as any other piece of glass bearing the Summilux name, and it features a very clever manual focusing tab that feels virtually indistinguishable from manually focusing a Leica M lens — that is to say that it's satisfying and a pleasure to use.
The 24 megapixel full-frame sensor can shoot up to ISO 50,000 and promises to deliver excellent results. The Leica Q also shoots 1080p video, has a touch screen and WiFi capability to be used with an iOS app, and even a very smart macro mode that changes the distance scale on the lens as you switch into it.
This is a fully modern camera with stunning image quality but the very same quintessential Leica charm that has made their cameras so desirable. A Leica M shooter would feel right at home shooting with the Leica Q, despite the modern capabilities housed inside. The controls are in the familiar (and proper) places, the size and weight are just perfect, but most importantly, the image quality is everything you'd expect from a camera with that classic red dot.
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