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Leica Q (TYP 116)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Leica Q (TYP 116). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the lens and image quality are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the flash and battery. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, image quality, lens

price, battery, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica Q (TYP 116) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Leica Q (TYP 116) from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the focus and design. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the viewfinder and price. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

portability, usability, performance, design, focus

price, viewfinder

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2018

Expert review by (

Leica Q (Typ 116) Review


The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a high-end, fixed-lens compact camera with a 24MP full-frame sensor and a 28mm F1.7 Summilux stabilized lens. It represents a new product line for Leica, and was the first full-frame Leica to incorporate an autofocus system.

Mar, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Leica Q (Typ 116)


The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a niche camera, with a full-frame image sensor and a dedicated 28mm lens. It's not for every photographer, but it's fantastic at what it does.

Full-frame image sensor. Sharp, wide aperture lens. 6.7-inch macro mode. Fast autofocus. Large, crisp EVF. Touch-screen display. 1/16,000-sec electronic shutter. 10fps burst shooting. 1080p60 video recording. Includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom....

Expensive. No built-in flash. Touch screen focus could be better implemented. Lacks 24fps video option.

Conclusions I've heard more than a few people ask the same question about the Q: Can it be my only camera? Given its cost, that's not an unreasonable query. I'm going to say yes, it can, but probably not if you're asking that question. Photographers...

Jul, 2015

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Leica Q


At $4,250 I'll never own one, but this full-frame, fixed-lens "compact" incorporates all of Leica's traditional quality and aesthetics without forgoing the modern features many of us lower-level beings want, like autofocus, optical image stabilization,...

The Leica Q produces great photos and videos, sports a stellar lens and a delivers surprisingly good performance.

There's a lot of moire to clean up in the photos and a real grip would be nice for the money.

A terrific, if expensive, full-frame compact, the Leica Q is worth every penny for landscape and street photographers.

Jun, 2015

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Leica Q (Typ 116) Review


The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a 24.2 megapixel compact camera with a 35mm full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter, an image-stabilized Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens with 11 lenses in 9 groups (including 3 aspherical lens...

The Leica Q (Typ 116) is the best serious compact camera that Leica have ever released, offering fantastic image quality, great handling and build-quality, and a number of surprisingly innovative features which include very fast auto-focusing, although...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Gannon Burgett (

Leica Q Review


Leica Camera AG has unveiled the Leica Q (Typ 116), a fixed-lens "compact" camera that packs a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and 28mm f/1.7 lens into a compact frame.

The Leica Q is available immediately for US$4,250. As with all Leica cameras, the Q (Typ 116) comes with a free download of Adobe Lightroom 6.

Jun, 2015

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Richard Sibley (

Leica Q (Typ 116)


The Leica Q (Typ 116) is just what we've been waiting for – a new Leica camera that isn't simply a re-brand of another model, and one that isn't ridiculously overpriced.

Fantastic handling and control ; Excellent image quality ; High-quality lens

Price pushes it into a niche ; Video capabilities could be better

Aug, 2015

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Leica Q review: The best fixed-lens full-frame compact ever made


Leica is one of those brands that's been around for donkeys years, and for good reason: it makes such exceptionally good optics for its high-end M-series rangefinder cameras that it's in a league of its own. But while the photographic elite might wax...

Exceptional optical quality and sharpness throughout aperture range, superb image quality even into high ISO settings, classic Leica build quality is robust yet luxury, manual controls

JPEG standard contrast setting to excess, no tilt-angle screen, viewfinder eye-sensor a bit slow, continuous shooting on on/off switch, fiddly macro/manual focus release, no front grip

Leica cameras are known for being out of this world. Not just for their no-nonsense build and super-sharp picture quality, but astronomical pricing too. The Leica Q encompasses all of those things and yet despite its near-£3k price tag it's still an...

Aug, 2015

Expert review by (

Leica Q (Typ 116) review


Leica's full-frame compact camera proves to be the ultimate luxury point-and-shoot

Top class lens and sensor ; A joy to use ; Rugged construction ; Elegant minimalist design

It's really expensive

If you can stomach the eye-watering price, this is a truly top class point-and-shoot

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Leica Q (Typ 116) review


Our findings after spending several days using Leica's new 24MP full-frame compact camera

Full-frame sensor ; Fantastic images quality ; Traditional exposure controls ; Wide aperture lens

High price ; No grip on the front ; Large for a compact camera

A superb full-frame compact camera for those who like traditional controls and modern features like an electronic viewfinder. The Q is capable of producing beautiful quality images.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Leica Q review: This camera has everything you expect from a Leica, from sharp photos to a high price


I've never been a big Leica fan: while its cameras' photo quality is great and they feel like tanks, the cameras always felt stubbornly anti-tech and too quirky for their price britches. I only put this out there for context so that when I say that the...

The Leica Q produces great photos and videos, sports a stellar lens and a delivers surprisingly good performance

There's a lot of moire to clean up in the photos and a real grip would be nice for the money

A terrific, if expensive, full-frame compact, the Leica Q is worth every penny for landscape and street photographers.

Jun, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery Capacity:1200
Battery performance:1200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP - DC12
Battery voltage:7.2
Power source type:Battery


GPS (satellite):N
Image quality adjustment:Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Self-timer delay:2,12 / 3,5,10
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Halogen, Manual, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Halogen, Manual, Shade


Color of product:Black / White
Energy Star certified:N


Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):104000 / 1040000
Vari-angle LCD display: No


Auto focusing (AF) modes:Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:6.69
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1.8
Filter size:1.93
Focal length range (f-f):0.0669 - 1.1
Lens structure:11/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/9
Maximum aperture number:1.7 / 16
Minimum aperture number:1.7 / 16
Number of aspheric elements:3

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 51200, Auto / 50000
ISO sensitivity (max):50000 / 51200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC


Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included:Y
Cables included:AC, USB
Wrist strap included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:DNG,JPEG / JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):1.42 x 0.945
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6000 x 4000\n4272 x 2848\n2976 x 1984\n1600 x 1080\n4800 x 3200\n3424 x 2288\n2384 x 1592\n1280 x 856\n3360 x 2240\n2400 x 1600\n1680 x 1120\n896 x 600 / 6000 × 4000, 4272× 2848, 2976 × 1984, 1600 × 1080, 4800 × 3200, 3424× 2288, 2384× 1592, 1280 × 856, 3360 × 2240, 2400 × 1600, 1680 × 1120, 896 × 600
Supported aspect ratios:2:3 / 3:2
Total megapixels:26.3

Ports & interfaces

USB connector:Micro-USB
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/6000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Housing material:Aluminium, Magnesium
Lens cap included:Y


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:50 / 60
Video compression format:MP4
Video formats supported:MP4
Video Frame Rate:50
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.15 / 3.66
Height:3.15 / 3.66
Weight (including battery):22.6