It's easy to understand why photographers turn to Leica. Simply put, they're beautifully designed, highly durable and capture superb images. The new Leica Q—a powerful, compact digital camera with a 24MP full frame sensor—lives up to the promise. The Q is set apart from other cameras in its class by the pairing of a prime f/1.7 28mm Summilux lens and a uniquely tailored CMOS sensor. With a sleek design, and true made-in-Germany production (only the top-end Leicas are actually built in Wetzler), it's a worthy device for professionals and hobbyists alike.
People don't often think of compact cameras in the high performance sector. But on the features front, the Leica Q delivers. The sensor captures high quality, low noise images even at ultra-high ISO levels and the super fast lens also contributes to reliable use in low light situations. Regarding the lens, 28mm is equivalent to what you're getting with a smart phone (regarding field of view), so framing is intuitive for those who might not be familiar with the jargon. It's wide angle with a wide aperture, ultimately letting lots of light in. The lens includes both focus and aperture rings for those who want full manual control; they have a feel that's similar to the pro-level Leica M range. And to be clear—it's the only lens and it does not zoom. This is a compact camera for purists.