Leica is working on a new compact camera that will be announced within the next few days. It will be called Q and its first photo as well as some of its specs have appeared on the web.
The rumor mill has recently revealed that Leica is developing a compact camera with a full-frame sensor in order to tackle Sony’s RX1-series. The device was said to become official soon. It seems like this is the case as the first specs and photo of the shooter have just been leaked, a common occurrence before a product launch event.
The leak is coming from a trusted source, which means that the information is most likely accurate and that this is what industry watchers will see sometime within the following few days.
First specs of Leica Q camera revealed before its announcement event
Leica Q is the name of the upcoming full-frame compact camera from the German company. The device will be made in Germany, just like most of the company’s products.
This shooter will employ a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and it will be powered by a new Maestro II image processor. Its body will be made out of magnesium alloy, while the top part will be made out of aluminum.
Leica’s upcoming Q camera will be capable of recording full HD videos and will come packed with WiFi. The latter allows users to remotely control the camera via a smartphone or tablet and to transfer files to a mobile device.
The specs list of the shooter continues with a touchscreen with Live View support on the back, a built-in electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68-million dots, Focus Peaking, continuous shooting mode of up to 10fps, and a maximum ISO of 50,000.
Leica Q set to meet the public within a week
The first leaked photo of the Leica Q reveals that the compact camera will employ a fixed 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH lens. The optic comes with focus and aperture rings allowing users to manually control these settings.
As stated above, the German manufacturer’s Q shooter will compete against Sony’s RX1 and RX1-R. These cameras feature a 24-megapixel sensor and a fixed 35mm f/2 lens. While the sensors are similar, Leica has decided to go wider and faster when it comes to the lens.
The announcement event of the camera will take place on June 10 or 11. New details may be leaked in the meantime, so watch our website closely!