The Leica Q2 Reporter Edition Digital Camera is differentiated by its improved design and purposefully understated appearance. This is because it was meticulously built to suit the demands of reportage and press photography.
You can operate without attracting unnecessary attention to yourself thanks to the absence of the red Leica dot that is located on the front of the camera as well as the inscription that is located on the top plate. Aramid Fiber body armor, a synthetic substance known for its exceptionally high toughness, is included in the Reporter Edition of the game as well.
The material’s color will gradually transform over time due to exposure to the sun’s naturally occurring UV rays, eventually reaching the same dark green hue as the extremely scratch-resistant coating on the camera body. In addition to these characteristics, the Leica Q2 Reporter provides the same degree of protection against the intrusion of dust and water as the initial generation of the Q2.
This highly specialized sophisticated compact camera is distinguished by the fact that its sensor design has been modernized and that its operation is straightforward. High-resolution still photography with both DCI and UHD 4K video recording is now feasible because of a redesigned full-frame 47.3MP CMOS sensor and a Maestro II image processor. Both of these components allow for the camera’s impressive capabilities.
Along with a rapid continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second at full resolution, the image processor also helps with the camera’s large ISO 50-50000 sensitivity range. The increased resolution enables several one-of-a-kind crop modes that imitate working with lenses with larger focal lengths. These crop modes include fields of view equivalent to 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm.
The camera sports the same excellent wide-angle prime Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. the fixed lens as its predecessor. This lens has matched the sensor’s design to provide exceptional resolution and clarity.
The lens design features three aspherical elements, and its maximum aperture of f/1.7 makes it suitable for use in environments with low levels of available light. In addition, a macro option enables the user to deal with subjects as near as 16.5 centimeters away.
In addition to its strong image and optical capabilities, the Q2 Reporter Edition maintains its status as a particularly portable and user-friendly camera ideal for candid street and travel photography.
It uses the same battery included in the flagship SL mirrorless camera for extended battery life, and it has a slim chassis made of magnesium alloy that is shielded from damage by an Aramid Fiber shell. This allows it to perform well in challenging settings.
A high-resolution 3.68MP OLED electronic viewfinder is included for smooth and clear eye-level viewing, and a rear 3.0″ 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD provides easy playback and control over the camera’s settings.
Built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and Wi-Fi enable wireless sharing and remote control of the camera from a linked mobile device using the Leica FOTOS app.
Leica Q2 Reporter Processor
The redesigned imaging system of the Q2 incorporates a high-resolution 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and an updated Maestro II image processor. This combination allows for more flexible image creation and provides smooth color and tonal rendering, a broad 13-stop dynamic range, low noise, and a wide sensitivity range from ISO 50-50000.
Processing skills also enable rapid shooting performance, which may reach up to 10 frames per second at full resolution with a mechanical shutter, in addition to a very speedy 49-area focusing system. Both JPEGs and 14-bit DNG files may be used to record still images.
The increased resolution also enables unique digital zoom capabilities, simulating working with different focal length lenses. For example, images with a field of view of 35 millimeters can be created with a resolution of 30 megapixels, images with a field of view of 50 millimeters can be created with a resolution of 15 megapixels, and images with a field of view of 75 millimeters can be created with a resolution of 7 megapixel
In addition to still photography, the Q2 is equipped with enhanced video recording capabilities. It can capture video in both DCI 4K24p and UHD 4K30p resolutions, as well as high-speed Full HD recording at up to 120 frames per second.
Leica Q2 Reporter Lense
The adoption of a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 wide-angle prime lens is a significant factor that contributes to the popularity of the Q-series. This lens features three aspherical elements to manage distortion and spherical aberrations for clear and precise rendering. This lens is the result of a collaboration between the optical expertise of Leica and a design that is ideally fitted to the image sensor.
Its quick maximum aperture of f/1.7 performs exceptionally well even in low-light circumstances and provides enhanced control over the depth of focus. A specialized macro-focusing position may also be utilized for working with subjects as near as 17.8 centimeters away, expanding its versatility even more. In addition, optical image stabilization helps correct blur caused by camera shake, allowing for crisper handheld photography.
Leica Q2 Reporter Build Quality
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) of the Q2 Reporter, just like the one on the original Q2, is a delight to operate.
Being a user of the Leica M and being accustomed to rangefinder focusing, it did take me a little bit of time to get used to it; however, once I was up to speed with the electronic viewfinder, I enjoyed its automatic on/off function when you put the finder up to your eye; you can see a lot of detail thanks to its 3.68 million dots; and once you take an image, you are presented with it in the viewfinder to make sure that you have hit critical focus.
It’s a small point, but I think it should be noted if you prefer to shoot in single image capture as I do. If you have this function turned on and set to single image capture, rather than continuous. If you want to quickly take three or four images in a row of some action that’s happening around you, the EVF will lag slightly, showing you the image you have taken, rather than seeing what is happening; instead of “blackout,” think more image obstruction.
Leica Q2 Reporter Specs
|Sensor Resolution||Actual: 50.4 Megapixel|
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel (8368 x 5584)
|Sensor Type||Full-Frame CMOS|
|Image File Format||DNG, JPEG|
|Digital Zoom||2.7x Maximum|
|Focus Range||11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity|
6.69″ to Infinity / 17 cm to Infinity
|Optical Design||11 Elements in 9 Groups|
|Filter Size||49 mm|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 50 to 50000|
|Shutter Speed||Mechanical Shutter|
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
1/40000 to 1 Second
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority|
|Exposure Compensation||-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 10 fps|
|Special Options||Fireworks, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset|
|Internal Recording Modes||MP4|
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98 fps
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94/119.88 fps
|Recording Limit||Not Specified by Manufacturer|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Microphone (Stereo)|
|Audio File Format||AAC|
|Diopter Adjustment||-4 to +3|
|Display Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Media/Memory Card Slot||Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC|
*As of November, 2022: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
|Battery Type||1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 370 Shots)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6″ / 130 x 80 x 91.9 mm|
|Weight||1.58 lb / 718 g (With Battery)|
|Package Weight||4.795 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.3 x 8.7 x 6.6″|
Leica Q2 Reporter Verdict
When compared to the standard Leica Q2, the Leica Q2 Reporter has a suggested retail price that is an additional $300, £275, or AU $500. Is the additional cost justifiable? That is entirely dependent on the individual using it.
When spending this much money on a camera, some people might want at least to see the Leica logo, but I find that the dark green paint and Kevlar grip appeal to me so I would say yes to that question. However, I recognize that other people’s preferences will determine the price that they are willing to pay; ultimately, your preferences will determine the price that you pay.
Since the Leica Q2 is already one of our go-to small cameras, it should be no surprise that we had a lot of fun shooting with the Leica Q2 Reporter. It is indeed expensive; nevertheless, if you are looking for the finest in luxury cameras that do not draw attention to the fact that they are luxury cameras, this is the model for you. You may use it as a manual street camera or an automated luxury point-and-shoot that takes amazing photographs at 47 megapixels! It can switch between the two modes seamlessly!
Buy the Leica Q2 Reporter if you have the funds, want a camera that can blend into any environment, and are looking for something compact with exceptional image quality, 4K cine video if needed, all in one compact body, but are willing to give up a tilting screen. You won’t be sorry you did.