Leica Q2 Monochrom review

The Leica Q2 Monochrom takes the brilliant Leica Q2 and makes it black and white only. How can this possibly make sense?

Leica Q2 Monochrom
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Leica has not deliberately ‘hobbled’ a regular camera to make it shoot black and white only. The Leica Q2 Monochrom has had the normal color filter array removed to produce a much higher level of black and white image quality than a regular ‘color’ camera can deliver, even the regular Q2. Combine that with Leica’s legendary design and build quality and you have a camera that is expensive but also highly desirable.


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    Black and white image quality

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    Build and materials

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    Interface design

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    Superb Summilux f/1.7 lens


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    Fixed rear screen

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    Quite prone to lens flare

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    Focus breathing in video

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The Leica Q2 Monochrom (and the regular Q2) do not form part of Leica’s regular camera ranges. It might look closest in design and audience to the Leica M range, and the Summilux lens bears the same name as some legendary M lenses, but this is a compact camera with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed lens, and is about as far from the M rangefinder design as you can get.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com