Leica Q: Australian Review | Gizmodo

The $5990 Leica Q is a fixed-lens digital camera with a full-frame 24 megapixel sensor. It’s basically what you’d get if you took their flagship digital M body, shaved off a few centimetres, replaced the rangefinder with modern autofocus, and glued on a lens — a 28mm f/1.7 prime lens, to be exact. That’s one damn fine piece of Leica glass, and it’s the Q’s biggest strength. This is the first time Leica has paired a fixed lens with a full-frame sensor. In fact, the Q is only one of two cameras anywhere out there with this combo. The other is Sony’s RX1, which debuted in 2013 to much fanfare. Cameras like these have a very niche appeal. Usually it’s for pros who want a highly capable secondary carry-around camera, or hardcore enthusiasts wanting the latest jewel.The fixed lens’ 28mm field of view is reasonably wide, especially for the Leica brand that most enthusiasts associate with peerless 35mm and 50mm primes, but its f/1.7 maximum aperture is incredibly bright and allows for relatively narrow depth of field, especially when you’re shooting subjects that are close up. That full-frame sensor has 24 megapixels across its 36x24mm surface area, has no optical low-pass filter to blur out fine image detail, and can ramp up its ISO from a base of 100 to a maximum of 50,000….

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Leica Q

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