LEICA Q-P

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An artful statement of understatement

LEICA Q-PThe Leica Q-P is tailored to fulfill the most stringent aesthetic and technical expectations. It favors a classic Leica script engraving on the top plate over the usual front-facing Leica red dot logo for a more discreet look, stealthy matte-black paint finish that looks and feels like nothing else, and a redesigned shutter release button for a more positive tactile feedback. The new Leica Q-P also comes complete with a new carrying strap in the finest brown leather, and an additional battery.

It carries the same superior image quality and technical excellence of the standard Leica Q in silver and black finishes, but further refines this amazing formula.

The Leica Q has well-established itself as a full-frame compact camera for all occasions and types of photography. The new Leica Q-P sees a redesign of the acclaimed Q, forgoing the iconic red dot and applying a matte black, high-resistance paint to make a true statement of understatement.

Distinguished by its pared down, minimalist appearance, the Leica Q-P is a sleek digital camera featuring impressive imaging and optical attributes. Revolving around a full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor, along with a Maestro II image processor, the Q-P is capable of recording high-resolution stills and Full HD video with a broad ISO 100-50000 sensitivity range. Complementing the sensor and processor is the built-in Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, which provides a comfortable wide-angle field of view along with a fast maximum aperture to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. In terms of the camera's physical design, it features a high-resolution 3.68MP LCOS electronic viewfinder for impressively bright, clear eye-level viewing and there is also a rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD for intuitive playback and control. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi permits wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device via the Leica FOTOS app.

Leica Q-P

Receiving Leica's 'P' treatment, the Q-P is an inconspicuous and sleek-styled update to the original Q (Typ 117). The more minimalist aesthetic sees the removal of the front red dot in favor of a classic Leica script engraving on the top plate and it also sports a flat matte black paint finish for an even darker appearance. Additionally, the Q-P has a redesigned shutter release and On/Off switch that offer improved tactility, similar to that of M and CL-series cameras. Complementing the Q-P, this version is also packaged with a dedicated brown leather neck strap and comes with a second lithium-ion rechargeable battery. 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor A full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor pairs with the Maestro II image processor to deliver a wide dynamic range with notable color rendering, as well as enhanced sensitivity from ISO 100-50000 to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. The image processor also affords a fast continuous shooting of 10 fps for up to 60 consecutive frames in a burst as well as Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 60 fps.

In addition to imaging performance, the sensor and processor technologies also help to realize fast contrast-detection autofocus to suit photographing moving and static subjects alike. Also, for manual focus applications, focus peaking and live view zoom options are available.

Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens

A built-in wide-angle Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens is featured, which offers a versatile and broad field of view to suit a variety of shooting situations from street to landscape photography. The lens's bright f/1.7 maximum aperture excels in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for isolating subject matter. Three aspherical elements are used in the optical layout to reduce spherical aberrations and control distortion in order to produce sharper imagery with more accurate rendering.

The lens's physical design also includes both physical aperture and focusing rings for intuitive handling, and a dedicated Macro position on the focus ring lets you work with subjects as close as 6.7" away. An integrated image stabilization system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake and the lens also features 49mm front threads for attaching threaded filters. Additionally, a Digital Frame Selector setting can be used, which will crop-in either 1.25x to a 35mm equivalent or 1.8x for a 50mm equivalent field of view, for achieving the look of a longer focal length.

Body Design

  • Large, bright, and detailed 3.68MP LCOS electronic viewfinder provides a clear image for accurate eye-level viewing.

  • Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD is suitable for live view shooting, reviewing images, and navigating the menu system. It is also a touchscreen, enabling intuitive use of the camera as well as working with touch focus for simply tapping on your subject to lock focus.

  • Updated shutter release button and On/Off dial have been updated for improved tactile response that is similar in feel to the M and CL-series of cameras.

  • Solid machined aluminum top plate and a magnesium alloy body provides a comfortable and substantial feel along with notable durability.

  • Rear thumb rest pairs with the diamond-patterned body-wrap pattern for a supremely comfortable and secure grip over the camera.

  • Two BP-DC12 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are included for extended shooting times.

  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Leica FOTOS App

  • Built-in Wi-Fi, when used in conjunction with the Leica FOTOS app for iOS and Android, permits sharing imagery directly to a linked mobile device and also enables remote control over the Q-P and remote shooting via a live view image.

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Specifications
Price
MSRP $4995
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 26 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Maestro II
Image
ISO Auto, 100-50000
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Maximum aperture F1.7–16
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x (35mm equiv), 1.5x (50mm equiv))
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 17 cm (6.69)
Number of focus points 49
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder resolution 3,680,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-DC12
Weight (inc. batteries) 640 g (1.41 lb / 22.58 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 80 x 93 mm (5.12 x 3.15 x 3.66)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

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