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Leica Q (Typ 116) Digital Camera

PC Mag Editor's Choice Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Pocket Lint Editor's Choice
24.2MP CMOS 1.8x Jun 2015
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Ten Industry Awards

Expert review sites rave about this compact camera and have given it ten awards.

This digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by Trusted Reviews, Lydogbilde.no and Focus-numerique.fr all of whom wrote that this Leica digital camera was good.

This compact camera received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Digitalone.com.sg, both of which thought that this Leica digital camera was marvellous.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who said that this Leica camera was great.

Digital Versus and 01net.com both gave this camera a "5 Star" award and Pocket Lint gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on twenty-eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine this compact camera has an overall expert rating of 90%. Camera experts think this camera is one of the very best cameras of this age and spec.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as terrific. Most Q (Typ 116) owners think it is one of the better digital cameras of this type and age.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers who bought the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Digitalone.com.sg said in their review last year “If you are a serious photographer, chances are that you have always wanted a Leica rangefinder, or any Leica camera for that matter” . Expert review site Techgoondu.com mentioned “Leica fans appreciate the way Leica optics render an image and are willing to pay go” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116). Expert website Gizmodo.com.au said “A very good one — they take amazing photos, whether you want to snap them manually or let the camera do the heavy lifting itself” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review.

Five customers who bought the Leica Q (Typ 116) considered that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “A 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, full HD video recording” in their review. Expert website Rappler.com said in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116) in October last year “Rappler got hold of the Leica Q, Leica's new compact, 24-megapixel fullframe sensor camera” . Expert website Dxomark.com said “Likable camera with a very impressive sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer considered that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Dxomark.com said in October last year “JPEG standard contrast setting to excess, no tiltangle screen, viewfinder eyesensor a bit slow, continuous shooting on onoff switch, fiddly macromanual focus release, no front grip”.

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Nice Design

A few Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was good looking. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “Hits fast, all with elegant bravado”. In October last year expert review site Rappler.com said in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review “It's beautiful”. Dxomark.com said in their review “Elegant minimalist design”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was luxurious. Dpreview.com wrote in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review on DP Review “Preview based on pre-production Leica QLeica - the most traditional of traditional camera manufacturers - has been pretty innovative in recent years, bringing us the luxuriously black medium format S-series”.

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Good Size

Several Leica Q (Typ 116) owners reckoned that this digital camera was compact. Photographyblog.com said on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a 24.2 megapixel compact camera with a 35mm full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116). Expert review site Digitalone.com.sg wrote in October last year “This is a full-frame digital compact camera with a Leica Summilux 28mm f1.7 lens for onl”. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on expert website Pocket Lint also in October last year “This 24-megapixel full-frame compact, complete with 28mm f/1.7 fixed lens”.

One Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was good structurally.

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Robust

A few Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was well made. Reviewed.com wrote “Cameras, like most pieces of consumer tech, are built on compromise” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review. Reviewed.com also mentioned “Every camera, from the tiny all-in-one camera modules in your smartphone to pro-level DSLRs, is built to satisfy certain needs at the expense of others”. Expert website Techgoondu.com mentioned “Long associated with well built, hand-crafted cameras”.

Several customers said in their reviews that the Leica Q (Typ 116) was strong and durable. Dxomark.com said “Sharpness throughout aperture range, superb image quality even into high ISO settings, classic Leica build quality is robust yet luxury, manual controls” in their Leica Q (Typ 116) review. Dxomark.com also wrote “Rugged construction”.

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Easy to Use

A few Leica Q (Typ 116) owners who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Expert website Stuff.tv gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116) “It's built to last and it's a pleasure to use”. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “The Leica Q is a delightful camera to use – particularly for street”. Expert website Fatducktech.com said “The Leica Q is a stunning camera to use at a somewhat scary price point”.

One Leica Q (Typ 116) owner who reviewed it said that it was easy to handle. Dxomark.com wrote “Fantastic handling and control”.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers who bought the product said that it was good quality. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com in October last year “While its cameras' photo quality is great”. Expert website Techradar.com said “The Q is capable of producing beautiful quality images” in their review of this digital camera. In October last year Dxomark.com said “Excellent image quality”.

Good Quality Lens

Several Leica Q (Typ 116) owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens. In October last year expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Imatest confirmed these assessments and showed that the lens exceeded expectations for the sensor's resolution at all aperture settings between f/1.7” in their review. Dxomark.com wrote “Sharp, wide aperture lens”.

A number of people who bought it thought it had a good autofocus. Dxomark.com said in their review of this digital camera last year “Touch screen focus could be better implemented”.

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Good Brand

Leica compact cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Leica is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good Video Capture

A number of Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Last year Rappler.com wrote “For the full review, watch the video” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116). Dxomark.com mentioned “Video capabilities could be better”. Dxomark.com also said “The Leica Q produces great photos and videos, sports a stellar lens”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. In October last year expert website Dxomark.com mentioned “It is clearly a different sensor with slightly lower noise and improved high-ISO dynamic range” in their review of the Leica Q (Typ 116).

One Leica Q (Typ 116) owner who purchased the product concluded that it was quiet. In October last year Photoreview.com.au gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote “Instant responsiveness and near silent operation place it in a class of its own” in their review.

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Good Technical Features

One customer concluded that the product had good features. Techradar.com said on Techradar “A superb full-frame compact camera for those who like traditional controls and modern features like an electronic viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Leica Q (Typ 116) owners who purchased the product considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Dxomark.com said “Classleading EVF” in their review. One Leica Q (Typ 116) reviewer who reviewed the Leica Q (Typ 116) thought it had a good screen.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Q (Typ 116) has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Q (Typ 116) supports wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q (Typ 116).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Q (Typ 116) supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Q (Typ 116) which do not support Full HD video.

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Quite High Megapixel

The average megapixel of cameras that are a comparable age to the Q (Typ 116) is 21MP, and the megapixels range from 12MP to 29MP. With a megapixel of 24.2 megapixels, the Q (Typ 116) has one of the higher megapixels amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Q (Typ 116) has one of the highest ISO sensitivity (max)s (51,200) amongst compact cameras of this age. The ISO sensitivity (max)s of cameras of a similar spec and age to the Q (Typ 116) range from 6,400 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 21,000.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Leica Q (Typ 116) is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than a year. This Leica camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Q (Typ 116). The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Leica camera have still image resolution(s)s of 4272 x 2848, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1080, 4800 x 3200, 3424 x 2288, 2384 x 1592, 1280 x 856, 3360 x 2240, 2400 x 1600 and 1680 x 1120 and 896 x 600. Across all similar spec cameras that have been available for more than a year the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4000.

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Has Six White Balances

The Q (Typ 116) has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Leica digital camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Q (Typ 116). The white balances "Auto", "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Halogen" and "Manual" are also found on this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Q (Typ 116) has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. Across all similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) the best image resolution is 8688 x 5792 pixels and the worst is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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Very Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras of this spec and age is 110. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 100, the Q (Typ 116) has a fairly small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Q (Typ 116) has a greater number of light exposure modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Leica digital camera has a Manual light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on compact cameras that have been available for more than a year. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The Leica Q (Typ 116) has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 6,400, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 51200 and Auto are also supported by this Leica camera.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 1.7, the Q (Typ 116) has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Q (Typ 116). Across all the digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Q (Typ 116) the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 4.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of cameras of a comparable type and age to the Q (Typ 116) is 4.4x. At only 1.8 times zoom factor, the Q (Typ 116) has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released one year ago.

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Not Waterproof

The Leica Q (Typ 116) is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other compact cameras that came out more than a year ago are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Q (Typ 116) is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than a year also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Q (Typ 116) does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Leica Q (Typ 116) does not have a built-in flash, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) also do not have a built-in flash.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago range from 100,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels. At only 104,000 pixels, the Leica Q (Typ 116) has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q (Typ 116).

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Leica Q (Typ 116) is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this digital camera.

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Heavy

The Q (Typ 116) is one of the heavier compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Q (Typ 116) (590 grams) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Q (Typ 116) have weights of between 180g and 690g, and the average weight is 350g.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Leica Q (Typ 116)

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Leica released the Q (Typ 116).

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Q (Typ 116) has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q (Typ 116).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards

10 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(47)
29 December 2015

The Leica Q is a thoroughly modern and likable camera with a very impressive sensor. While it is close in performance to the CMOS in the Leica M, it is clearly a different sensor with slightly...

Fantastic handling and control
Excellent image quality
Highquality lens
Exceptional optical quality and sharpness throughout aperture range, superb image quality even into high ISO settings, classic Leica build quality is robust yet luxury, manual controls
Snappy AF setup
Price pushes it into a niche
Video capabilities could be better
JPEG standard contrast setting to excess, no tiltangle screen, viewfinder eyesensor a bit slow, continuous shooting on onoff switch, fiddly macromanual focus release, no front grip
Lacking a microphone socket
High price tag
21 November 2015

Today even the smallest German-made Leicas (leaving aside the Panasonic-built mass sub-£1,000 models) are on the hefty side by current compact-camera standards. Yet while its digital offerings... Read more…

24 September 2015

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13 August 2015

Trusted Reviews

What is the Leica Q (Typ 116)? The Leica Q (Typ 116) is just what we've been waiting for ? a new Leica camera that isn't simply a re-brand of another model, and one that isn't ridiculously... Read more…

7 August 2015

Leica cameras are known for being out of this world. Not just for their no-nonsense build and super-sharp picture quality, but astronomical pricing too. The Leica Q encompasses all of those things...

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 11 July 2015 by TyCoop
TyCoop would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

I've owned the Q for a couple of weeks now, and with significant usage in that time I can confidently say I am very pleased with the purchase. As is typically the case with Leica, much of the... Read more…

Reviewed 5 July 2015 by Michael
Michael would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

This review is to compare the Leica Q to the Sony RX1r. I have the Sony RX1 and was eager to replace it with the Leica. I've always wanted a Leica and the amazing reviews all over the Web... Read more…

Reviewed 11 August 2015 by JVS
JVS would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

The Leica Q is a perfect camera for street, documentary/reportage, and wedding photographers provided they can live with a 28mm (or 35mm) field of view. In practice, I find that the field of view... Read more…

Reviewed 23 June 2015 by J. L.
J. L. would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116

Really amazed by the built quality of this mirrorless camera. The camera is unobstructive to carry around and feels well balanced in the hand. Autofocus is fast and precise. Love the touch focus... Read more…

Reviewed 24 December 2015 by Blueberry
Blueberry would recommend the Leica Q Typ 116 (Verified Purchase)

This is my first Leica and I absolutely love it. I've been wanting a Leica for some time now, but I'm not quite skilled/confident enough for a rangefinder (one day) and the price tag always made... Read more…

Easy to use
Great In Low Light
Incredible Lens
Solid build
Very fast
Not weather sealed
Auto Focus Accuracy
Image quality
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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica 6536089031, leica manufacurer
Barcodes 00006536089031, 04022243190009, 04022243190122

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