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Leica Q

Leica Q General Comments

This page has general notes, including menu system notes; see Perspective and Applicability of the Leica Q.

Build quality

Overall build quality is sleek, first class. No one will dislike this camera on its appearance, and surely it will be *the* camera to have at that all important social gathering: sleek and pretty, with autofocus (just in case it’s used for more than jewelry). But it’s not just beautiful; it is a fine camera for making images for some purposes—not a generalist, but certainly the best street shooting camera Leica has ever produced.

Portability and size/weight

The Q is neither small nor light nor compact, coming in at 700 grams with battery and supplied strap and SD card, and that’s before any grip is added: the Q is “slippery” to your author’s fairly large hands, with only the rear indent to provide any grasp. Some users add a thumb brip, but this can block the top/rear button. Really Right Stuff might offer a base plate with a grip.

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