Creator of the first compact camera to shoot 35 mm cinema film, Leica expands on its legacy with the new Leica Q. Measuring in at a pint-size 5 inches by 3 inches, the German-made compact manages to pack quite a photographic payload, including a 24-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor, and the fastest autofocus in its class. That speed comes in handy when using the burst setting, which shoots 10 frames per second. And once the moment is immortalized, images can be instantly uploaded to your favorite social media outlet thanks to integrated Wi-Fi.
The Leica Q’s versatility is another virtue: the 3.68-megapixel electronic viewfinder not only displays focal length for the fixed 28 mm lens, but also lengths for both 35 mm and 50 mm as well—giving photographers a larger frame of reference. Nearly noise-free images can be captured at ISO settings of up to 50,000, and saved as either JPEG or RAW files. And to capture memories in motion, the camera can record high-definition video in MP4 format. For hands-free photography, a complimentary Leica Q app makes it possible to control settings from a smartphone or tablet.
The camera’s appearance is an equally impressive attribute, with a magnesium alloy body, aluminum top plate, and laser-engraved lettering and dial markings. Available at the company’s official stores and dealers at a cost of $4,250, the miniscule Q is a sizable addition to Leica’s lexicon of innovation. (us.leica-camera.com)
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