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Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera

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Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 47.3MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
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.
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Leica Q2 Monochrom Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Monochrom
  • 347.3MP B&W Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor
  • 4Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
  • 5Body Design

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 imagery.

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 II Processor

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.

Body Design

  • 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 conditions.
  • 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 sealing.
  • 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 automatic connection anytime within range.

Leica Q2 Monochrom Specs

Sensor ResolutionActual: 50.4 Megapixel
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel (8368 x 5584)
Aspect Ratio3:2
Sensor TypeFull-Frame CMOS
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationOptical
Focal Length28mm
Digital Zoom2.7x Maximum
Maximum Aperturef/1.7
Minimum Aperturef/16
Focus Range11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
6.69" to Infinity / 17 cm to Infinity
Optical Design11 Elements in 9 Groups
Filter Size49 mm
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 100000
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/40000 to 1 Second
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 47.3 MP
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Special OptionsFireworks, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Recording ModesH.264/MP4
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/29.97p/59.94p/119.88p
Video SystemNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatAAC
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution3,680,000 Dot
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Built-In FlashNo
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Battery Type1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 350 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6" / 130 x 80 x 91.9 mm
Weight1.6 lb / 734 g (With Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.805 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.5 x 6.6"

Leica Q2 Monochrom Reviews

My Dream Camera

By Matty
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

Literal perfection for any b&w photography lover.

A game changer

By raphael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-08

I've shot a lot of different cameras over the years, from the Leica M6 to Pentax, to Canon to the latest Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and other more obscure stuff (Bessa R2A, etc). And they all have their trade-offs. This one is utterly good as long as you know what you are doing. I've had an explosion of compliments on photos I've shared since I got this camera. If you follow Peter Karbe's advice on how to use his lenses, it will change the way you take pictures. Listen to his lectures on Leica lens designs, but the gist of it is there is so much useful resolution out of this lens-sensor combo that it is no longer necessary to prioritize composition. Instead you should prioritize capturing the decisive moment and re-compose in post-process. Effectively we have reached a point that digital zooming has little to no impact on your capacity to produce a high quality image, right up to 75mm equivalent. It is hard to believe till you see it. Again, following Karbe's advice, do not stop down to improve image quality, as the micro-contrast is there from f/1.7 on and well distributed over the image field. I actually prefer the bokeh of the 28mm at f/1.7 as it is less abstract and more natural than the kind you would get from the 50mm Summilux. The 50 lux is great lens obviously, but the background becomes so blurred and abstract that it removes all context for the subject to tell a story. There are situations where this is just fine, and the 50 is called for, but in most cases, you do want to be able to have the 3D feel but with a more gentle bokeh that can provide context. For people, such as myself, who are obsessed about image quality, perhaps too much, this is a great camera. The dynamic range is insane and is immediately useful to render very subtle skin tonality. This gives images a true 3D feel to them. Things I would improve on the camera: - instead of just frames, actually show the digital zoom in the viewfinder - improve the autofocus face detection. (My Olympus E-M10 is way better than the Q2M)

Just what I wanted

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-01

This camera is everything I had hoped it would be. The low light sensitivity is fabulous. Whatever grain is present just added to the photograph. Manual focus is a breeze. The Q2M feels great I'm my hands. Very sturdy. I have no regrets purchasing this rather expensive camera


By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

It's 28mm, it's black and white. If you want to be forced to create outside of the camera itself but get incredible quality images it doesn't get any better than the Q2 Monochrom. I'm obsessed.

RAW Images are absurdly good

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-19

Camera is what it is, not going to comment on value or usefulness to the general camera using public. Biggest pro: The RAW images at 100 ISO can be pushed to extreme levels without losing any details or adding noise. Images may not be that impressive straight out of the camera, but you can literally do whatever you want with them in post. Your creative vision is the only limit. Biggest complaints: Manual exposure times are limited to 2 minutes at 100 ISO, and only get shorter as you increase the ISO. You can't turn off auto-noise reduction. Weird ghosting/flares if the sun is in the frame.

One of a Kind

By robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-18

47mp files of pure un-interpolated 14bit digital luminosity, image stabilization, autofocus, unbeatable low light and high ISO performance, a silent, vibration free shutter and a lens worth several thousands on it's own. I am a Leica M owner with a collection of those amazing lenses, but I wanted to simplify my existence, forget about color and changing focal lengths. The this is one of the purest, most powerful cameras ever made.

Three dimensional wizard!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-01

The sensor in this camera is nothing short of amazing. The first shots I've taken of mountain landscapes just pop off the screen. The rendering and depth of the image are so impressive and so much better than shooting other cameras in color or B&W and converting the file. Worth every penny

Back to my roots

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-09

Images from this camera rival medium format - yes, they're that good. You're forced to think in black and white but that's a good thing. It's fun and different. Just like the old days!

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There's a small button on the camera-back, below ...

There's a small button on the camera-back, below the shutter speed dial. By default is selects various cropping sizes. It can be customizable though. Can you set this button to be a back-focus button, instead of pressing halfway on the shutter button on the camera's top?
Asked by: Kurt
According to page 149 of the Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera's instruction manual, the Zoom/Lock button on the back of the camera may be programmed for use as Digital Zoom or as Metering Memory Lock (AEL/AFL, AEL, AFL). Page 47 states how to adjust the settings. It states the factory setting is Digital Zoom, but you may alternatively assign automatic exposure metering and/or metering memory lock to the Zoom/Lock button. It states select [Customize Control] in the main menu, select [Zoom/Lock button] in the submenu, then select [Digital Zoom], [AEL/AFL], [AEL], or [AFL]. To access the assigned menu function, press the Zoom/Lock button briefly.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2021-08-15

Can you manually set your aperture and shutter ...

Can you manually set your aperture and shutter speed, and then ask the camera to set the ISO? If so, is the resulting ISO visible in the EVF?
Asked by: Kurt
Yes, the ISO will be visible in the EVF as long as the ISO setting is set to Auto. It will compensate as you change your aperture/shutter speed settings.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-09-04

Does the camera support autofocus during video ...

Does the camera support autofocus during video recording?
Asked by: Adam
Yes, autofocus is available when recording video with the Q2 Monochrome.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2021-12-22

Will this take IR and/or UV captures?

Will this take IR and/or UV captures?
Asked by: Chris
Unfortunately, the Q2 Monochrom is incapable of shooting IR/UV images internally.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-11-12

how to download the image?

how to download the image?
Asked by: Youming
there is no usb connection with the Q2M The app does allow to download only to phone or tablet, and then you can upload to cloud drive. The fast direct way is to remove card and download files
Answered by: Phillip
Date published: 2020-12-08

How do video files compare with type 246 ones?

How do video files compare with type 246 ones?
Asked by: Manojchandra
The Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera can shoot 4k video. So, that alone will be better than the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) for video. The Q2 has way more resolution and can shoot much better in low light.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-04-26

Leica q2 filter size

Leica q2 filter size
Asked by: George
The Leica Q2 accepts 49mm filters.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-01-18

There is no rubber eye cup on the EVF. If one ...

There is no rubber eye cup on the EVF. If one wears glasses, isn't that a problem?
Asked by: Kurt
There is a rubber frame around the viewfinder and should be sufficient for glasses.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-09-04
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