Leica has announced the next-generation model of the Leica Q line of cameras. The new Leica Q2 comes with a newly developed full-frame sensor, a fast Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 prime lens, fast autofocus, and OLED EVF viewfinder technology. The Leica Q2 is the only camera in its class with protective sealing against dust and water spray and is ideally equipped for shooting in all weather conditions.
The Leica Q2 features a 47.3MP full-frame sensor that captures both highly-detailed still pictures and 4K video at ISO sensitivities up to 50,000 and, together with its Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, ensures exceptional imaging performance. The fast initial aperture of f/1.7 guarantees optimum picture quality in low lighting situations, a perfect companion for all areas of the street, architectural, landscape, and portrait photography. With the extension of the integrated digital zoom function up to 75mm, users can now be more flexibility for composing their pictures. In addition to the uncropped 28mm focal length of the camera lens, a crop factor can be chosen to simulate exposures made with focal lengths of 35, 50 or 75mm. The selected crop is displayed as a bright-line frame in the viewfinder and on the rear display panel. The cropped image from the framing selected is saved in JPEG format with correspondingly reduced resolutions of 47.3, 30, 14.7, or 6.6 megapixels. The uncropped image is always saved simultaneously as a DNG file with the full resolution of 47.3 megapixels. Further, the Leica Q2 features a newly developed, high-resolution OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68MP. The high resolution provides complete control over the subject at all times and also leads to considerably improved image depth and higher contrast. The autofocus system of the Leica Q2 focuses sharply on the subject in less than 0.15 seconds and makes it one of the fastest cameras in its class.
With the Maestro II family processor, users can shoot up to 10 frames per second at the full resolution of 47.3 MP. The range of creative options has been further expanded by the new video mode with 4K resolution. Video recordings can be made with 3840 x 2160 pixels and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps or, alternatively, in the familiar full HD format with 120, 60, 30 or 24 frames per second. The camera is integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE to quickly and easily share pictures and video in social media, change numerous camera settings from a smartphone or even or even remotely control the shutter release of the Leica Q2. Finally, Leica Q2 comes with a comprehensive range of optional accessories which include Protectors and carrying straps in premium-quality leather in the colors black and brown, and an opportunity to add a fashionable touch with versions in red and pink. The pouches will initially be available in the colors midnight blue, stone grey, and red, and will be followed later by a range of other versions. The range also includes technical equipment for the Leica Q2 such as the Leica SF 40, SF 60 flash units, the SF C1 remote flash control unit, additional thumb rest and a handgrip.
The Leica Q2 will be available for sales in India around mid-April 2019.
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