47MP Leica Q2 now available in monochrome version

Nov 10, 2020

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47MP Leica Q2 now available in monochrome version

Nov 10, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Leica Q2 was announced back in spring 2019. The 47.3MP camera has just got its black and white version: the Leica Q2 Monochrom. It brings a newly developed, full-frame monochrome sensor, and its sole purpose is to capture high-quality images and videos in black and white. There are many similarities between the color and the Monochrom model, but there are some improvements as well, so letßs see what you can expect.

Just like the Leica Q2, the Q2 Monochrom also comes paired with the Summilux 28 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens. The sensor is based on the one in Leica Q2, only the color filter array has been omitted. This way, the camera has an improved light gathering potential and increased sharpness in true black and white.

An improvement over the Leica Q2 comes in ISO sensitivity. While the Leica Q2 goes up to ISO 50,000, the Q2 Monochrom doubles that and reaches up to ISO 100,000. The autofocus system locks on in less than 0.15 seconds and makes it one of the fastest cameras in its class.

When it comes to video capabilities, they’re once again very similar to the standard Q2 model. Both cameras shoot DCI 4K24p, UHD 4K30p, and high-speed Full HD at up to 120p.

Okay, let’s see the specs and some more photos:

Imaging
PixelsActual: 50.4 Megapixel
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution8368 x 5584
Aspect Ratio1970-01-01 03:02:00
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationOptical
Lens
Focal Length28mm
Digital Zoom2.7x Maximum
Maximum Aperturef/1.7
Minimum Aperturef/16
Focus Range11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
Macro
6.69″ to Infinity / 17 cm to Infinity
Optical Design11 Elements in 9 Groups
Filter Size49 mm
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 100000
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/40000 to 1 Second
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 47.3 MP
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Special OptionsFireworks, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Video
Recording ModesH.264/MP4
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/29.97p/59.94p/119.88p
Video EncodingNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatAAC
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeElectronic (OLED)
Viewfinder Resolution3,680,000 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage1
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Monitor
Size3.0″
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
WirelessWi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPSNo
Physical
Battery1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 350 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6″ / 130 x 80 x 91.9 mm
Weight1.6 lb / 734 g (Body with Battery)

The Leica Q2 Monochrom is ready for preorders and you can get it for $5,995.

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2 responses to “47MP Leica Q2 now available in monochrome version”

  1. Ron Avatar
    Ron

    $6000? For a monochrome version of a digital camera? Whoa. That’s a lot of $ for a niche product.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      It’s pretty reasonable for Leica. To be clear, I’m not saying it’s a reasonable price for the camera. I’m saying it’s reasonable compared to what Leica charges for some of their other cameras, haha.