Leica Q-P Digital Camera
The Leica Q-P is positioned as a high-end mirrorless system that features a Full Frame sensor in a compact design. It’s geared as a worthy backup to the Full Frame DSLRs of professional photographers or a standalone professional-grade DSLR-like shooter in a compact mirrorless body.
Most mirrorless systems come with either the Four Thirds or APS-C sized sensors. The Q-P comes with a Full Frame that makes it comparable to the Sony A7 and the Canon EOS R, although the latter comes with a 30.3MP CMOS sensor while the Q-P only comes with 24.2MP. Still, the Leica Q-P is a venerable shooter especially if you think that its Full Frame sensor is mated to an equally-efficient Maestro II image processor.
The Q-P comes with a 3.68MP LCOS electronic viewfinder that offers greater clarity while framing shots. It features a 28mm Summilux aspherical lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.7 for excellent wide-angle shots. The 3-inch 1.04M dot touchscreen comes with an auto-focus system that integrated contrast detection.
The Leica Q-P has a maximum resolution of 6000×4000 and a maximum ISO setting of 50,000. Unfortunately, its minimum ISO setting is pegged at 100. We’ve seen some systems go as low as ISO 50. The maximum shutter speed is rated at 1/2000 sec, although professional DSLRs can come at 1/8000 or even more.
It has built-in WiFi that seamlessly connects Leica’s own FOTOS app. It’s capable of continuous shooting at 10 fps and HD 1080 video recording at 60p.
Unlike competitors who use cheap plastics in their systems, Leica is always known to produce camera bodies that are machined from only the best solid blocks of premium-grade aluminum; hence, the hefty price.
The Q-P hopes to appeal to veteran shooters as well as offer a more robust mirrorless system for novice photographers and photography lovers.