Leica Q is one of the most interesting and powerful cameras released in the past few years. It is considered as a professional camera combined with a large full-frame sensor. Now after four years the company has announced Leica Q2 which retains the compact design, appearance is the same along with some improvements and enhancements.
The most notable feature of the Q2 is its new sensor, Leica has same full-frame size, but comes with an increase to 47.3 megapixels of resolution over the 24 megapixels of the original. These features have placed Q2 in the line of the higher resolution cameras from Sony, Nikon, and Canon. The new sensor comes along with an upgraded processor, which enables slightly expanded ISO range of 50 to 50,000, 4K video recording at 24 and 30 frames per second, and 1080p video at up to 120 frames per second.
The camera maintains snappy response, continuous shooting, and autofocus of the original. Leica Q2 camera uses Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi to connect to a phone for image transfer plus there are no ports for USB, HDMI, or any other output on the body of the camera. The company also brings a new 75mm digital framing crop, with an OLED screen with a higher refresh rate and greater magnification.
Appearance wise the Q2 looks exactly like the Q model but the company says the internals of the camera been completely redesigned and improved. One of the biggest upgrades in Q2 is weather sealing which allows for IP52 dust and splash resistance. It is not like you can submerge a camera or soaked in the water, it is for temporary situations if you get stuck in rain.
Q2 has also the larger upgraded battery, adopted the trick magazine loading system Leica debuted on the SL. Leica says that the camera is available for sale today at the retailers and also online, and probably the Q2 sells for $4,995, $500 more than the original.