Leica’s Q2 fixed-lens, weather-sealed, full-frame camera has arrived

The follow-up to the Leica Q gets some substantial upgrades.

Leica Q2 camera in hand
The Leica Q2 is a 28mm fixed-lens full-frame camera built around a 47.3 megapixel sensor. It looks very similar to the Q, but there are some substantial upgrades inside.Jeanette D. Moses

The highly-anticipated Leica Q2 camera has arrived. The Q2 is a 28mm fixed-lens full-frame camera built around a 47.3 megapixel sensor with a similar look and feel as Leica's M rangefinder cameras. Although the Q2 looks almost identical to the Q, there are some substantial upgrades inside.

Here is what we know about the new camera.

  • 28mm F/1.7 Summilux stabilized lens with 11 elements in 9 groups
  • 3.68 megapixel OLED EVF with 0.76x magnification
  • 3 inch touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • ISO range of 50-50,000
  • 4K UHD and Cine4K video recording
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Magnesium-alloy construction
  • Dimensions: 130 mm x 80 mm x 91.9 mm
  • Weighs 718 g
  • Improved battery life
  • Simple three-button interface
  • Programmable button within thumb-wheel dial
  • Push-button diopter dial with lock
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy sharing
  • Available now for $4,995
Leica Q2 camera back and top view
Back and bottom view of the Leica Q2.Leica

The most substantial upgrades here are on the tech inside. The increased 47.3 megapixel sensor allows the ISO range to drop down to ISO 50. The new dust and moisture resistant make the camera more versatile, regardless of weather conditions. The interface on the back of the camera has been simplified. And according to Leica the camera’s battery is now rated at 370 shots per charge. We had a chance to check the Q2 in person last night during a launch event in New York City.

Leica Q2 camera views
Front, side, and top views of the Leica Q2.Leica

The ergonomics on this camera were great. The camera is compact and comfortable and the simplified buttons and menus were easy to navigate. We’re hoping to get some more substantial shooting time with this camera very soon.