As the latest model in the Leica Q series, Leica Camera AG is introducing a monochrom version that is equipped with a newly developed monochrom full-frame sensor and the powerful Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens. In addition, like the previous Q2, the new Leica Q2 Monochrom camera offers fast autofocus and a high-resolution OLED viewfinder.
The monochrom design of the digital camera with viewfinder with new leather, matt black paint, gray and white engravings, and a “monochrom” lettering on the top is elegant and unobtrusive. The red Leica logo was deliberately left out on this camera. Like the Leica Q2, the Q2 Monochrom is also equipped with dust and splash protection according to the IP 52 standard.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom has an exclusively developed 47.3 megapixel full-frame black and white sensor that records photos up to ISO 100,000 as well as 4K videos. The large initial aperture of the Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens enables the camera to be used successfully even in difficult lighting situations.
The simplest change to the macro mode with a close-up limit of 17cm directly on the lens and the choice between automatic and manual focusing thanks to a practical lock offer the photographer greater creative freedom when composing fascinating black and white photos.
The integrated digital zoom allows the image section to be changed, which corresponds to focal lengths of 28, 35, 50, or 75 millimeters and is displayed in the viewfinder and on the monitor in the form of a light frame. The selected section is saved as a JPEG in a cropped resolution of 47.3, 30, 14.7, or 6.6 megapixels. The DNG is always saved as an overall image in full resolution of 47.3 megapixels.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom is equipped with an OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels, which allows full control over the subject at any time in high resolution. In the viewfinder of the Q2, the brightness of each pixel is adjusted – in contrast to LCD technology, in which only entire image areas can be darkened. Despite the high resolution, according to Leica, power consumption should remain low. The viewfinder is activated as soon as the camera is looked at and shows the subject without any noticeable delay.
The autofocus of the Leica Q2 Monochrom focuses on less than 0.15 seconds, making it one of the fastest in its class. The processor from the Maestro family provides a high series image speed of up to 10 images per second at a full resolution of 47.3 MP.
Further possibilities for a very special black and white films result from the video mode with 4K resolution with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 frames or alternatively in the well-known Full HD format with 120, 60, 30, or 24 frames per second. With the integrated Wi-Fi module, in combination with the Leica “Photos” app, pictures can be quickly shared on social networks at any time. In addition, many parameters of the camera can be set with the smartphone or you can trigger the Leica Q2 Monochrom from a distance. Thanks to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), there is a permanent connection between the camera and smartphone.
The monochrom design of the new Leica Q2 Monochrom and its classically structured leather upholstery ensure. Leica also emphasizes a unique, intuitive operating concept for the camera. The menu structure should have been “streamlined” and adapted to the special features of a monochrom camera. Naturally, all color settings for image and video recording are dispensed with and the menu is only supplemented with settings for the tinting of black and white recordings (blue, sepia, selenium).
Leica Q2 Monochrom price and availability
The Leica Q2 Monochrom is now available to pre-order from Bhphotovideo.com for a recommended retail price of $5,995.