LEICA Q (TYPE 116)
photos with that signature Leica detail and bokeh. It also has a macro mode.
With a turn of the ring at the base of the lens, the camera enters macro mode, complete with its own distance meter. We find the macro range of 0.17m to 0.3m limited, especially when combined with such a wide lens. Nevertheless, we appreciate that it is there.
Shooting from the hip, inconspicuously, is one of those techniques often used in street photography to capture that candid moment. We tried this with the Leica Q – in a bid to test its full automatic capabilities – and it did not disappoint. It’s not lightning fast and we wished the screen tilts, but by just giving it an extra second, the results were excellent and a vast improvement over previous Leica.
Nevertheless, the Leica Q truly shines when shot in manual mode. Its controls are simplified without sacrificing any of the manual functions a photographer would expect on a professional camera. The layout is classic, with the aperture ring and focus ring on the lens, and a dedicated shutter speed and options dial on top of the camera.
The controls are so well designed that we almost never use the high-resolution touchscreen, and instead favor the electronic 3.68MP digital viewfinder instead. The display also plays a major role in giving enough detail and information to get the picture just right.
In our tests, we find that photos shot with ISO as high as 6400 and some at 12500 are perfectly usable. Although with a lens as bright as f/1.7, we rarely need to bump up the