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Leica Q 15

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Leica Q (Typ 116)

Originally reviewed by Richard Sibley 13 August 2015

Compact – A defining pro compact camera with a full-frame sensor

Key Features:
  • 24.1-megapixel full-frame sensor
  • ISO 100 to 50,0000
  • Fixed, 28mm f/1.7 lens

Leica has a rich heritage of making pricey, high quality and desirable cameras, but it's been a while since it did anything original. The Leica Q (Typ 116) is its response. A glorious full-frame compact with a fast, fixed focal length lens, it's a niche camera, but an astoundingly good one.

In some respects it's very similar to the Fujifilm X100T, which is coming up later in this round-up. The Leica Q is so nice to use for proficient photogrpahers that you naturally gravitate to using the manual controls exclusively. It has a dedicated ISO control dial and plenty of hands-on manual controls, all of which are beautifully considered and designed.

The 3.68-million-dot EVF is the sharpest we've ever seen and the 1.04-million-dot rear screen isn't too shabby either. A 10fps burst mode is impressive for a full-frame compact, but it's the image quality that impresses the most. A full-frame sensor and an f/1.7 lens is a great combination, though some might prefer a tighter 35mm focal length to the 28mm offered by the Leica.

Even with this small niggle considered, it's a hugely desirable camera.

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