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LE­ICA Q (TYPE 116)

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - TEST -

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

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