Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, holds a standing in the photography scene like no other. Revered by photographers – professionals and enthusiasts alike, Leica is not in for the gimmicks nor being play things. That’s why when they release a new camera, you know you’d have to sit up and pay attention.
This month, Leica presents the first of a new line of digital compact cameras – the Leica Q. This metallic bad boy has managed to attain perfection in terms of technicalities, which makes it ideal for street, architectural and landscape photography.
With a full-frame sensor and a particularly high-speed, classic focal length prime lens, the Leica Q stands out due to its fast and intuitive handling. It boasts a Leica Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, which makes shooting in low light conditions a breeze. Such a highlight that would infect any camera-loving folks with goose bumps, especially those who dreads whipping out their flash.
In combination with a 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor precisely matched to its lens, the camera delivers richly detailed exposures with extremely low noise in optimum quality at ISO sensitivities up to 50,000.
Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific, Mr Sunil Kaul says, “The Leica Q offers the greatest possible creative freedom for realising even the most demanding photographic ambitions, the Leica Q marks a new milestone for Leica Camera, build on the values of exquisite quality and sustainability. I invite all photography enthusiasts to enjoy photography at its purest form and meet your new photography companion.”
To ensure that the decisive moment is never missed, the Leica Q full-frame compact camera has the fastest autofocus in its class and offers almost real-time precision focusing. At the same time, its newly developed image processor from the Leica Maestro II family, specially adapted for use in the Leica Q, processes the data from the sensor at an enormous speed and delivers up to ten frames per second at full resolution.
In addition, Leica Q also promises high quality video recording that is indistinguishable from professional movie footage. The unusually high speed and unmistakable bokeh of the lens play a vital role in delivering superiority of this aspect. Depending on the scene, users can choose between 30 and 60 full frames per second for video recording in MP4 format. An integrated wind-noise filter guarantees crystal-clear sound.
Drenched in Leica’s signature sleekness, the Leica Q is constructed with the finest materials to guarantee exceptional endurance. The top plate is machined from solid blocks of aluminium, the body is made of magnesium alloy, and all lettering and the markings on its setting dials are laser-engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of its leathering ensure ideal grip and clearly illustrate that form and function still go hand in hand at Leica.
Other features of the Leica Q include…
- Alternative subject framing that offers the equivalent of shooting with 35 and 50 mm lenses, in addition to the focal length of 28 mm at full resolution.
- An integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless transmission of still pictures and video to other devices and remote control by WLAN from a smartphone or a tablet PC.
- An aperture range of 1.7 to 16 in 1/3 EV increments
- Focusing working range of 30cm to ∞, with macro setting from 17cm
- Shutter speeds: 30s to 1/2000s with mechanical shutter; 1/2500s to 1/16000s with electronic shutter
The Leica Q is now on sale at all Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, ION Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Vivocity and at all Leica authorised dealers.