Leica Q-P Detailed Review

Leica Q-P

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In additional Q-P was introduced by Leica in November 2018. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.

Leica is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Leica.

BrandLeica
CategoryCompact
Date11/2018
Sensor Properties

Also Q-P has a Full frame CMOS sensor with size of 36 x 24 mm² (1.42" x 0.94").

Picture of Q-P's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: Q-P comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The Q-P's sensor has resolution of 24 megapixel.

The Leica supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Leica's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

FormatFull frame
Sensor area36.00 x 24.00mm²
(1.42" x 0.94")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)26.30 megapixel
Resolution (effective)24.20 megapixel
Pixel size36.00 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable
Focal length28mm
Aperture1.7
Viewfinder Properties

The Q-P uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

TypeElektronic
Coverage100%
Magnification0.70x
Resolution3.68 megapixel
Dioptric correction
Shutter

The Q-P's shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 60s.

The highest shutter speed of the Leica is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The Q-P's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 50000 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity50000 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Q-P supports all general exposure modes.

The Leica allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The Q-P's auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).

Manual focus is also possible with the Leica, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeKontrastbasiert
AF points49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Q-P doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Leica's hotshoe.

Built-in
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Q-P display and touch screen

The Q-P features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.04 megapixel. That's about average.

Unfortunately, the Q-P's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Q-P's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

TypeLCD
Size76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

Q-P video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Leica Q-P Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates30 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Q-P has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Leica to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Leica supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Micro SD
Battery

The Leica Q-P has a BP-DC12 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 300 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The Q-P's battery battery parameters:

TypeBP-DC12 LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life300 photos
Size

The Leica Q-P's dimensions are 130 x 80 x 93mm³. (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.7"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 640 grams (20.6 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Q-P:

Leica Q-P Dimensions (Width / Height)
Leica Q-P Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Leica Q-P size comparison

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