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Sorry Leica, but the Leica Q Khaki edition is NOT KHAKI!

Leica Q Khaki

It probably depends where you’re from, but on this side of the Atlantic ‘Khaki’ is a light brown sandy color associated with military (especially British) uniforms.

However, we will concede that there is such a thing as ‘khaki green’ even though we think the proper name for this is ‘olive drab’.

But maybe Leica has got it right. ‘Khaki’ is a much nicer-sounding name, and the colour of the new limited-edition Leica Q Khaki is very pleasing, even if it is green. It’s reminiscent of the 2015 Leica M-P ‘Safari’ edition. And in fact, we like the Leica Q so much it's made it into our list of top 10 best compact cameras.

Leica has a long history of special edition cameras, often developed in conjunction with cultural icons like rock legend Lenny Kravitz (Leica M-P Correspondent), artist and photographer Rolf Sachs (Leica M-P “grip”), and fashion label founder Marcus Wainwright (Leica M Monochrom ‘Stealth’ edition).

Only 495 of these special edition Leica Q ‘Khaki’ cameras will be made, and they will be finished in premium khaki-coloured real leather trim with the engraved Leica script on the top plate in Khaki too. The same colour is used for a matching leather camera strap.

Even the Leica logo is in green!

Even the Leica logo is in green!

Leica Q specifications

Otherwise, the specs are the same as for the standard Leica Q, which is a full frame compact camera with a fixed Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens and an integrated electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 million pixels. Wi-Fi is built in and can be used alongside the Leica FOTOS app on a smartphone or tablet.

Inside is a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100—50,000 and a pretty impressive 10fps continuous shooting speed, though video is full HD rather than 4K.

We like the Leica Q because it’s actually very affordable for a Leica at around £3,700/$4,500 and not bad for a premium full frame camera generally. 

The Leica Q ‘Khaki’ does cost more, but it’s not ruinously expensive, being listed at £4,150 /$4,995.


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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.