Leica Q (Typ 116) Full Frame Compact Camera Review | Shutterbug

It’s July and Leica just confirmed that I can pick up a sample of the new LEICA Q (Typ 116) digital camera at their headquarters tomorrow. I became eager to try one after reading Dan Havlik’s hands-on, first-look review last month. Leica is allowing me to borrow the sample for exactly six days. Here’s my look at this intriguing but expensive new full-frame, compact camera from Leica. And please take a look at the full resolution sample images I shot with the Leica Q included in this review. Physically, the new Leica Q is very similar to the much beloved Leica M4 film camera of yesteryear and is slightly (8mm) shorter in length but a little (3mm) taller. Fitted with a non-zooming 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens, the camera is manufactured in Germany and has a feel that is as luxurious as any device you’ve ever handled. The top plate is milled from a solid chunk of aluminum and the body is titanium alloy. All in, the Leica Q weighs 640 grams (a bit more than a pound and a half). By comparison, my Nikon D800—without lens—tips scales at 1000 grams even. Both cameras are full-frame sensor type. Operating the Leica Q is straightforward and familiar—very similar to my Fujifilm X100. When the shutter speed selection dial is set to A and the aperture selection ring (on the lens) is set to A, the camera is in Program Mode. Shift the shutter speed dial to the position of your choice and you are in Shutter Priority……..

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