After waiting four years since the introduction of the Leica Q series, German imaging company Leica has finally introduced the Q2, the successor to the original Q.
Much like other Leica products, the craftsmanship of the Q2 is evident as the diamond textured leather front gives the Q2 character while the camera body is made of magnesium. Leica has also improved the body of the Q2, making it weather-sealed so it can be used even out on wet and rainy conditions.
The Q2 still retails a full frame Summilux 28mm ASPH prime lens with a wide aperture of f/1.7. But underneath the hood, the Q2 boasts a high resolution 47.3-Megapixel full-frame sensor that offers greater detail in your shots. There is literally so much resolution in images that users can even choose to use a digital zoom to close in on a subject.
Apart from that the Q2 has a new autofocus system that is claimed to be quicker at focusing on subjects. This is complemented by a bright and detailed OLED viewfinder that will assist photographers in grabbing that perfect shot in high contrast conditions.
The layout of the controls on the back has also been streamlined to just three buttons as compared to the originalâ€™s five. There is also a 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor on the back that makes navigation and framing of photos all the more easier.
Given the increasing demand for better video quality, Leica has saw it fit to improve the cameraâ€™s video capabilities, now supporting 4K video recording at up to 50,000 ISO. To help combat blurry photos and videos due to hand shake, the camera has optical image stabilisation that lets you unleash your creativity.
Speaking of creativity here are some sample photos taken straight from the Leica Q2 without any post processing.
To help you share your Instagram-worthy shots over social media, the Q2 can be connected to your smartphone via the Leica Fotos app thanks to the cameraâ€™s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy for easy connection.
Despite the advancements made in camera technology, Ng Chi Loon believes that people these days are too caught up with the technology that they have forgotten the joy in capturing the image.
The Leica Camera Malaysia business development manager feels that there is a charm in taking oneâ€™s time to frame an image and capturing it. That is something lost in todayâ€™s Instagram crazed generation where convenience and speed trumps all. But for Ng, he hopes that customers interested in the Q2 hold the same he does, by slowing down and capture a photo that will last a lifetime.
According to the company, the Leica Q2 is already in Malaysia at RM22,350. Though stocks are limited, Leica expects the supply to normalise by mid-year.