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Leica Q: Hands-On, Impression & Sample Gallery

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I'm always keen to try out different cameras or lenses whenever possible. Very often, an upcoming holiday would be the perfect "reason" to get that new camera or lens. Some may say that it's a sign of GAS - Gear Acquisition Syndrome, a common disease that plague photographers. I hope not, but who cares.

This isn't another camera review that goes into technical details from innovation to resolution. In any case, I am neither qualified nor interested to do so. There are tons of well-written and technically competent reviews on the internet, which would have covered every possible pixel.

Hence, in the spirit of my casual photography + travel blog, below are sample images taken from my short trips with one of my most favourite cameras - the Leica Q (Typ 116).

There is no long travel stories like in my other posts here. Since it's supposed to be a camera review, everything below is all about Leica Q - its impression and sample images (all JPEG, unless otherwise stated).

Hope this helps.


Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60th sec., ISO640, Macro Mode.

The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a relatively small camera considering its full-frame sensor. It's still larger and heavier than the Sony RX1 series but I find it's dimensions and weight well-balanced, fitting nicely in my hands. Its 49 focusing points can be selected via the four-way joystick controller easily, which was placed on the iconic red dot in the above photo (the double-image is due to the mirror).


Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO1250.

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/250th sec., ISO100 (face detection focusing).

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO800.

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO800 (face detection focusing).

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/100th sec., ISO100 (face detection focusing).

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60th sec., ISO125 (macro mode).

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/160th sec., ISO100.

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO100.

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO500.

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO320.

Bangkok. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO500.

Singapore. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60th sec., ISO400, Macro Mode.

Melaka. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60th sec., ISO400, Macro Mode.

Singapore. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60th sec., ISO3200, Macro Mode.

Orang Asli Village, Kuala Woh, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/80th sec., ISO160.

The Leica Q is an excellent camera for capturing quick portraits with it's bright aperture, sensible ergonomics, and compact form factor. Its face detection works very well on most occasions, locking on to the closest face instantly, both in the day and at night.


Orang Asli Village, Kuala Woh, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/80th sec., ISO320.

Kuala Woh, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/320th sec., ISO100.

It would be nice to have an articulated/tilting LCD screen. However, low angle shots are still possible with its bright 3" 1.04 million dot LCD. The "Touch AF" and "Touch AF Release" (instant auto-focus by touching on the desired subject to be focused on the LCD screen, and to release the shutter at the same time for the latter) functions are very useful in tricky situations.

Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/320th sec., ISO100.

Sunset from Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/8, 1/800th sec., ISO100 (converted from Raw).

Sunset from Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/8, 1/800th sec., ISO100 (off camera JPEG).

Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/500th sec., ISO100.

Razor-sharp lens ensuring every fine wire and rust is captured from edge to edge.


Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/80th sec., ISO100.

Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/1600th sec., ISO100.

The Leica Q handles tricky back-lit situations rather well, managing the exposure decently.


Coffee shop at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO320.

Tandoori chicken, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO160.

Playful cat, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/60th sec., ISO1600.

The camera is very snappy to use. Its auto-focus is fast and accurate, even in low light condition.


Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/2500th sec., ISO100 (converted from Raw).

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/2500th sec., ISO100 (off camera JPEG).

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/2500th sec., ISO100.

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/10000th sec., ISO100.

The Leica Q offers electronic shutter speed up to a maximum of 1/16,000 sec. Hence, it's possible to take advantage of the shallow depth of field at f/1.7 in bright sunlight condition.


Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2, 1/800th sec., ISO100.

A macro mode is available with a simple turn of a dial on the lens, which enables the camera to get close to its subject within 17 cm from the sensor plane (approx. 8 cm from the front of the supplied metal lens hood). Once the dial has been turned to macro, the largest aperture available would become f/2.8 automatically.


Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/400th sec., ISO100, Macro Mode.

Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/60th sec., ISO125, Macro Mode.

Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/2500th sec., ISO100, Macro Mode.

Kea Farm, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2, 1/2500th sec., ISO100.

Kea Farm, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/640th sec., ISO100.

Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.8, 1/60th sec., ISO200.

Famous Charcoal Steamboat, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/80th sec., ISO100.

Famous Charcoal Steamboat, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/100th sec., ISO100.

Gelang Patah, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/160th sec., ISO100, Macro Mode.

Gelang Patah, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/500th sec., ISO100.

Gelang Patah, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/1000th sec., ISO100, Macro Mode.

Kluang Railway Station, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/60th sec., ISO640.

Kluang Railway Station, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/60th sec., ISO100.

Kluang Railway Station, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2, 1/125th sec., ISO100.

Kluang Railway Station, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2, 1/160th sec., ISO100.

Kluang Railway Station, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2, 1/125th sec., ISO100.

Kluang, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/1.7, 1/2000th sec., ISO100.

Kluang, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2, 1/500th sec., ISO100.

Kluang, Johor. Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/200th sec., ISO100.

Hotel Puri, Melaka Leica Q, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/200th sec., ISO100, Macro Mode.

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