Product Highlights
  • 47.3MP Black & White CMOS Sensor
  • Full Frame Format
  • 10 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 4K (4096x2160) at 24p Video Recording
  • ISO 100-100000 Sensitivity
  • 3" TFT LCD Monitor
  • Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
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Overview


Q2 Monochrom
Embrace the soul of photography

To this day, black and white photography continues to exude a unique fascination, mystery and beauty. Compared with colour photography, it is the most authentic manifestation of "painting with light". Leica Monochrom cameras give photographers direct access to this captivating form of visual expression.

Welcome the latest member of the Leica Monochrom family, the Q2 Monochrom

The world’s first full-frame digital compact camera to feature a dedicated monochrome sensor.


 

With its 47.3 megapixel resolution, exceedingly sharp and fast Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH. lens, quick and precise autofocus and crisp OLED viewfinder, the Leica Q2 Monochrom is an intuitive tool for timeless monochrome photography with an inherent focus on the essentials for the modern-day photographer.

The Q2 Monochrom is true to form with its resilient matte-black body and time-honored engravings inlaid in discreet grey and white. A conscious omission of the classic red Leica logo marks the dedication of the Q2 Monochrom’s commitment to black & white.

The legendary Leica look
In black and white

The Leica Q2 Monochrom produces brilliant, exceptionally sharp images. This is due to the new specialized sensor developed exclusively for this camera. Unlike its chromatic counterparts, the monochrome sensor features no colour filter array – with no interpolation required, only the pure light levels are captured and rendered sharper.

Additionally, this unique sensor also boasts significantly broader dynamic range and extremely low image noise, even at high ISOs up to 100,000. The sensor’s 47.3 megapixel resolution is more than capable for even extreme cropping to be an extra tool in the photographer’s arsenal.



Digital Zoom
The Q2 Monochrom's digital zoom provides simulated focal lengths of 35, 50 and 75 mm
for the JPEGs, while the DNG file of the original image is always preserved at full sensor resolution.
 


28mm


35mm


50mm


75mm

Outstanding performance in any light

The built-in Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens is distinguished by both the razor-sharp details and exceptionally soft bokeh it renders. As the fastest lens in its segment, it is perfectly suited to the sensor of the Leica Q2 Monochrom, and delivers outstanding results even in the darkest and most difficult light.

Eleven lens elements, including three elaborately constructed aspherical elements, ensure the highest image quality possible so textures and details can be seen like never before in tones and shades of crisp and contrasty black-and-white. 

Brave any weather and shoot anywhere

Harsh environmental conditions and even the risk of rain will not faze this versatile camera. Equipped with dust and splash protection (rated IP52*), the Leica Q2 Monochrom is always ready to capture that perfect interplay of light and shadow even through equally dramatic weather.


Always in control

To ensure photographers have full control over their compositions, the Leica Q2 Monochrom sports an OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixels. See each and every bit of depth even within the darkest of black levels to ensure the photo is composed exactly as desired. An eye sensor automatically activates the viewfinder, which displays the scene or subject with precision, continuity and no detectable lag. The diopter wheel on the rear of the camera is elegantly designed with a retractable dial to avoid accidental changes. The Q2 Monochrom’s viewfinder technology provides a better overview, higher contrast and exceedingly clean rendition of the viewfinder image while consuming minimal power for maximum battery life.


Extraordinary black and white videos

In combination with the outstanding Leica Summilux, the Leica Q2 Monochrom captures black and white videos imbued with a stunning aesthetic. A dedicated overview menu for video mode delivers ease-of-use and fulfils even the most demanding requirements.

For brilliant, razor-sharp footage, the camera offers 4K and Cine4K modes with respective frame rates of 30 and 24 fps. Videos can also be recorded in full-HD format at 120, 60, 30 or 24 frames per second.


Dedicated to perfection

Superior quality and excellent design are core values of the Leica brand. The Leica Q2 Monochrom is produced in Germany using state-of-the-art construction methods and high-quality components, such as its full magnesium all-metal build.

The result is a unique compact camera that lives up to these intrinsic values in every way, including further down the road through developments of ongoing firmware updates.


Fast and simple operation

The straightforward operation of the Leica Q2 is renowned and appreciated by photographers around the world. The same perfectly thought-out concept can also be found in the Q2 Monochrom. The physical dials and rear touchscreen provide a simple overview and direct access to the main shooting parameters.

The streamlined menus have also been pared down further thanks to the omission of all colour settings. No unnecessary distractions. Just the “decisive moment.”

Filter effects | An analog reminiscence

Three new, specially developed E49 colour filters complement the Leica Q2 Monochrom as the perfect kit. The yellow, green and orange screw-on lens filters open up new possibilities for the creative exploration of contrast and light.

Each filter modifies and tweaks the colours and contrast of our visible light spectrum when recorded as grayscale values on the sensor. As a result, landscape and portrait shots can be imbued with unique visual aesthetics for more punchy or subdued contrast from the moment the shutter button is pressed.

The multilayer coating of these specialized filters reduces reflections and ensures high light transmission without vignetting, for maximum image quality.

Unlock more with Leica FOTOS

The Leica Q2 Monochrom can be connected quickly and easily to an iPad or smartphone via the Leica FOTOS app. This enables photographers to share images instantly and from any location.

Leica FOTOS also allows the camera to be operated via remote control from the mobile device. A seamless integration of Adobe Lightroom supports the subsequent editing and organization of the captured images, even on the go.

What's Included

Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera
BP-SCL4 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (8.4V, 1860mAh)
BC-SCL4 Battery Charger
Lens Hood
Lens Cap
Accessory Shoe Cover
Carrying Strap

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Product Specifications

Q2 Monochrom

Camera type Digital 35 mm compact camera, fixed focal length
Picture format / aspect ratio 24 x 36 mm / 2:3
Lens Leica Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH., 11 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements
Digital frame selector (digital zoom) 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm
Image stabilization Optical compensation system for photo and video recordings
Aperture range 1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3 EV increments
Picture sensor / resolution Full frame black-and-white CMOS sensor, 50.4/47.3 million pixels (total/effective), without color and low-pass filter
Dynamic range 13 aperture stops for basic ISO 200
Bit depth 14 bit
Photo capture format Selectable: DNG, DNG + JPEG, JPEG
DNG/JPEG resolution JPEG:
Zoom 28 mm: 47 megapixels (8368x5584 pixels), 24 megapixels (6000x4000 pixels), 12 megapixels (4271x2848 pixels)
Zoom 35 mm: 30 megapixels (6704x4472 pixels), 15 megapixels (4800x3200 pixels), 8 megapixels (3424x2288 pixels)
Zoom 50 mm: 15 megapixels (4688x3128 pixels), 8 megapixels (3360x2240 pixels), 4 megapixels (2400x1600 pixels)
Zoom 75 mm: 7 megapixels (3136x2096 pixels), 3 megapixels (2240x1496 pixels), 2 megapixels (1600x1072 pixels)
DNG:
46,7 megapixels (8368x5584 pixels)
Video recording format MP4 (C4K / 4K / FullHD)
MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio Format: 2ch 48 kHz/16-Bit,AAC)
Video resolution/ frame rate 4K: 30 oder 24 B/s
C4K: 24 B/s
Full-HD: 24, 30, 60 oder 120 B/s
Sound recording format AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Recommendation: UHS II memory cards
ISO range Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000, ISO 100000
JPEG settings Contrast, sharpness (5 steps each)
Color tint: Sepia, blue, selen (2 steps each – low / high) / OFF
Focusing range 30 cm to ∞, with macro setting from 17 cm
Focus setting Automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing,
option of magnifying function and edge marking (focus peaking) available for manual setting
Autofocus system Contrast-based autofocus system
Autofocus modes AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), AFC (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be saved
Autofocus metering methods Single zone (225 fields), multi-field, face recognition
Exposure modes Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting
Exposure metering methods Multi-field, center-weighted, spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing 3 or 5 exposures in graduations of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3 EV increments
Shutter type Optionally mechanical, electronical or hybrid
Shutter speeds 60 s to 1⁄2000 s with mech. Shutter, 1 s to 1⁄40000 s with electr. shutter, in 1⁄3 increments,
flash synchronization up to 1⁄500 s, Linear flashes with all shutter speeds less than 1⁄ 500 s possible
(with HSS-enabled SCA 3002 standard flash units)
Picture series Selectable: 10/5/3 fps (H/M/L)
Self-timer Delay time either 2 s or 12 s
OLED Viewfinder Resolution: 1280 × 960 pixels x 3 colors (=3.68 MP),
image field: approx. 100%, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye distance: 21mm
adjustable -4 - +3 diopters, with eye sensor for automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor
Monitor 3" TFT LCD monitor with approx. 1,040,000 pixels, touch control possible
WLAN Satisfies IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11,
encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/ WPA2™, access method: infrastructure mode
Bluetooth Bluetooth LE
Power supply Leica BP-SCL4 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V DC, capacity: 1860 mAh
Charger Rated voltage 8.4 V DC, capacity min. 1860 mAh,
charging time: approx. 180 min.,
Battery charger: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz 0.25 A with adapters
Shots / Battery Approx. 350 (according to CIPA-standard)
Body Made of lightweight and robust magnesium construction
Lens filter thread E49
Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4")
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 130 × 80 × 91.9 mm (5.12 × 3.15 × 3.62")
Weight Approx. 734 / 652 g (25.3 / 22.5 oz.)

* without/with battery.
Scope of delivery Camera, carrying strap, lens hood, lens cap, accessor y shoe cover, battery, spare battery charger, power cable (EU, US,
local power cable)
Software Leica FOTOS App

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