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The sensor will also help out here since it is a full-frame sensor, pulling out 24 megapixel images that are processed with Leica’s own image processor, displaying the results on either the 3 inch touch-enabled LCD on the back or the 3.68 megapixel viewfinder, the latter of which is higher than any other camera we’ve seen or heard of.

Wireless tech is found inside this camera, used for not just taking images off the camera and transferred to your phone or tablet, but also to wireless control the camera, providing you an off-camera viewfinder, almost like a waist-level, except this one could be used anywhere.

And then there’s the control, and the Leica Q practically screams manual from its look and design, offering a manual control ring on the lens, a manual shutter speed dial on the top of the camera, and focus controls on the lens.

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You don’t have to be a manual photographer to appreciate the camera, with auto-focus also working here, automatic aperture speed, automatic shutter speed, and automatic ISO if needed, making the Leica Q ideal for both amateur and enthusiast photographers.

We do need to point out that the lens is fixed to 28mm, but Leica tries to solve some of the dilemma a fixed lens camera might bring with a button for “digital framing” which will crop the image to either 35mm or 50mm with an in-camera indication of what that crop will look like.

That means the 24 megapixel image will be cropped on a JPEG, providing 15 megapixels on the 35mm image or 8 megapixels on the 50mm, but if you use RAW images with Adobe’s Digital Negative format (DNG), something that is supported, you will find the full image available to you merely cropped in the preview.

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Testing out the camera, we were greeted by a beautifully built body that is hard to suppress admiration for.

Put it in your hand the first impression is nothing other than excellent, with a fair amount of heft, but a build that lets you know that a lot of care went into this, and it has been built to survive, with one of those full-metal aluminium designs Leica is known for.

Not just that, but the lens is metal too, and beautifully designed, feeling like a lens from an old camera. But this isn’t an old camera, and there’s a solid little sensor lurking underneath.

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The full image cropped to our website above, and a 100 percent crop below. Look at the detail from that lens!

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We don’t want to give too much away ahead of an upcoming review, but almost every shot we got out of this camera has been gold, and it produces lovely colours and even features a very striking monochrome mode that if you know how to use can produce some pretty detailed and brilliant little images from.