Part of this feeling has to come from the quality of the glass Leica has opted for in the Q, with the 28mm f/1.7 Summilux lens totally matched for the technology inside the camera.
More than that, the lens is razor sharp, with a beautifully pristine ability to capture detail, and an extra macro mode thrown in for good measure.
To get to that mode, you simply twist the lens near the back of the lens (at the camera), and the lens will change, the focusing distance guide moving forward and telling you that yes, you’re in macro mode.
Granted, this isn’t the best macro mode we’ve seen, and we’re not exactly going to trade our dedicated macro lenses on other camera systems for this any time soon, but it’s still very, very nice, and thanks to that low aperture setting of f/1.7, you’ll find you can get some sharp details flanked by significantly blurry macros, almost lending itself to a more romantic way of shooting, as elements of images fade into themselves like they were going through a dream sequence.
Back in the regular lens mode, the camera performs beautifully in most environments, and almost every shot we had out of this camera was a winner to us. Up close, they images are sharp, and very easy on the eyes.
Good luck complaining about lens quality here, because there’s no need to.
You can even take a selfie on this camera, with the 28mm lens wide enough, the automatic aperture and shutter speed good enough, and the sensitivity playful enough to allow you a moment of vanity and capture yourself in either light or day.
Certainly, this is the best selfie camera we’ve ever played with, though if we ever call it that again, you have our permission to yell at us.
The camera’s reliance on manual modes also makes it suitable for the old school photographer that hates living in the modern world, but it’s still not a bad option for someone who loves those automatic shooting choices, and the full-on auto mode with auto-focus, auto-aperture, auto-ISO, and auto-shutter speed still works very, very well, and better than you’d expect from a camera that feels more like it was designed to cough at the thought.
Carrying it around the city, we found it was a comfortable body to hang around our neck, to hold in our hands, and the style it brings to you does make you feel like you’re a Rodchenko or a Bresson, carrying this little piece of history to get your own street shooting done.