Posted: 12. November 2020 at 10:02 CET
Roughly eighteen months after the original Leica Q2, the german manufacturer introduces a „monochrome“ version of the full frame compact. The new Leica Q2 Monochrome inherits most components from the color version, but employs a 47 megapixel sensor without a RGB color filter array.
The stabilized wide-angle lens, the display and EVF, and the controls all remain unchanged.
Black and white photography is an unrivalled art form. Memorializing more than just the decisive moment – black and white photographs evoke the emotion and the essence of unforgettable and irreplaceable moments. The new Leica Q2 Monochrom is the newest chapter in the Leica Monochrom story, offering photographers the experience of making black and white photographs through the lens of a full-frame, compact camera dedicated to black and white photography in its purest form.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom features a newly developed 47.3 megapixel full frame sensor based on its sibling model, though in line with its Leica Monochrom forebears the sensor has seen the purposeful omission of the color filter array to give it added light gathering potential and increased sharpness in true black and white. With a maximum ISO climbing higher – up to 100,000 – the Q2 Monochrom can see and capture immense detail and tonality in settings that have barely enough light even for the human eye. The end result is a compact camera that while expanding the Monochrom offerings from Leica, and bringing another black and white imaging stalwart to the family, also yields the most accessibility to this acclaimed formula of black and white perfection – for use in any and all situations the user may want to create monochromatic wonder.
The autofocus system locks on in less than 0.15 seconds and makes it one of the fastest cameras in its class. Ongoing improvements to the processor from the Maestro family have enabled an impressive 10 frames per second burst shooting rate at even full resolution that ensures the truly wonderful moments in life will never be missed. The range of creative options has also been expanded by the new video capabilities with 4K resolution. Brilliant, black-and-white video recordings can be made in 3840 x 2160 resolution and frame rates of 30 or 24 fps or, alternatively, in the familiar full-HD 1080p format with 120, 60, 30 or 24 fps – all with manual creative control at the fingertips of the user.
The already unassuming body of the original Q2 has been further simplified with a matte finish and the notable omission of the famous red Leica dot. The menu system has been stripped of all color-related options.
Main specs of the Leica Q2 Monochrom:
The Leica Q2 Monochrom is available today for a MSRP of US$ 6000 (Leica Q2 „color“: circa US$4400)
Images: Leica Camera AG
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