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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.

Monochrom
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

Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 50.4 Megapixel
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel (8368 x 5584)
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Image Stabilization
Optical in Integrated Lens
Focal Length
28mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.7
ISO Sensitivity Range
100 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MP4
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98 fps
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Wireless
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Display Size
3.0"
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Battery Type
1x 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
Weight
1.6 lb / 734 g (With Battery)
Imaging
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 50.4 Megapixel
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel (8368 x 5584)
Image Sensor
Full-Frame CMOS
Image Stabilization
Optical in Integrated Lens
Lens
Focal Length
28mm
Digital Zoom
2.7x Maximum
Maximum Aperture
f/1.7
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Focus Range
11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
Macro
6.69" to Infinity / 17 cm to Infinity
Optical Design
11 Elements in 9 Groups
Filter Size
49 mm (Front)
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/40000 to 1 Second
ISO Sensitivity Range
100 to 100,000 in Auto Mode
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous Shooting
Up to 10 fps at 47.3 MP
Self-Timer
2/12-Second Delay
Special Options
Fireworks, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image File Format
DNG, JPEG
Bit Depth
14-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MP4
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98 fps
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
Broadcast Output
NTSC
IP Streaming
No
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
AAC Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Wireless
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
No
Monitor
Display Size
3.0"
Resolution
1,040,000 Dot
Display Type
Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution
3,680,000 Dot
Coverage
100%
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +3
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
No
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount
General
Battery Type
1x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 350 Shots)
Shoe Mount
1x Hot Shoe
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6" / 130 x 80 x 91.9 mm
Weight
1.6 lb / 734 g (With Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.735 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.4 x 9.3 x 6.5"

Leica Q2 Monochrom Reviews

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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: 2022-03-04

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: 2023-03-13

What is the maximum rectangular dimension size of ...

What is the maximum rectangular dimension size of the field of view at the closest macro lens setting of 17 cm? I.e., what is the largest area that can be photographed at the closest macro focal plane?
Asked by: Jan
Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera has a macro focus range of 17cm. You can covered an area of 5.5'' in the horizontal axis at the minimun focal lenght.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2022-11-17

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
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