Leica Q (Typ 116) Review – It May be Just What You’re Waiting For

For what the Leica Q (Typ 116) is, it may very well the type of camera that you’re looking for (well, that is if you’re on the market for a non-zoom compact camera). It is a camera that is not just a re-brand of another model, but it is such a device that is not ridiculously overpriced. However, saying “ridiculously overpriced” may not actually be the case for this one. Even though it is placed in a lower price point compared to top-end models, it is still placed in a price class that is out of reach for most photographers.

Leica Q (Typ 116) Review - It May be Just What You're Waiting For

The Leica Q (Typ 116) Performs Well, But Price is Still Out of Reach for Many

The Leica Q (Typ 116) is placed in a price category that is sparsely populated. In fact, perhaps its only major contenders are that of the Sony RX1R and the RX1. Both cameras from Sony do have the flexibility, better image quality, and a longer list of features that correspond better to this price class. What Leica’s offering has for the market is that it produces images which much attention to detail. Combine that quality with the unit’s applied design and handling, and you can get a magic combination that you can’t simply put a price on those elements.

At its core, the Typ 116 is a compact camera. However, it is far from the average portable shooter than what you would normally see in today’s market. Nonetheless, if you compare this camera to that of an SLR, then portability becomes a very convenient feature.

Using this particular camera can even reignite your passion for photography should you have lost it. For its design, it is not that showy, but those who are looking for a simplistic and minimalistic feel will enjoy its looks. It has a matte finish that is satisfyingly low-key and does give a nice grip when holding the device.

In terms of handling, the camera also excels in this department. Even though its compact architecture lets shutterbugs work around a limited space, it offers an array of excellent manual controls. In fact, its controls and hardware feel so natural that you may even want to switch to Auto mode at times. While many would rather throw their cameras than switch to the Automatic function, this is not the case with Leica’s offering. The camera feels so natural, even shooting in Auto is bound to deliver great results.

With these being said, the Leica Q (Typ 116) is a great compact camera that can reignite your love for photography. It is equipped with a 24.1-megapixel imaging sensor that can shoot decently good low-light images with its f/1.7 lens. However, you might have to break the bank to get this particular unit.


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