This is it. Up until now, Leica hasn’t been all that serious about making a compact camera that we can call impressive. Leica Q changes all that, a brand spanking new compact mirrorless that packs a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor beneath and a stunning fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens, all made in Germany and non-collaborated whatsoever.
The new Leica Q now has an integrated 3.68-megapixel viewfinder, leaving the hot shoe available for additional flash attachment. Leica claims the Q delivers almost noise-free quality images with ISO settings extending as much as ISO 50,000. The fixed lens is macro capable, the lens barrel changes when you switch to macro mode which will give you a minimum and maximum focus distance of 0.17m and 0.3m.
According to Leica, the camera’s autofocus operates close to real time and is the fastest in compact full-frame camera class, you can catch a quick look at how quick it is from Steve Huff hands-on video on Youtube which he got to test a month earlier before the release. For those with careless fingers, Leica Q has prepared an additional Handgrip and Finger Loops (comes in S, M, L sizes) accessory which you can purchase separately.