Despite this little cheat, we love the Leica Q, and if the above paragraphs haven’t given away how thrilled we are with the Leica Q, then let us say it proudly: this is a stellar camera, made for people who love to tinker and get focus the traditional way, as well as those who want the camera to do all the work.
It isn’t your camera made for shooting images from afar, making it useless for sports photography or music photography unless you’re sitting up front and can feel the sweat of the athlete or the spittle of the performer.
But it is ideal for street photography, for candids, and for portraits intending to be shot with the most pristine of glass, because that’s what Leica offers in the full-frame sensor of the Q.
Where Leica doesn’t succeed, however, is with the battery, which struggles to get more than 200 shots out of a single charge, and which loses life quickly and dramatically when the wireless mode is engaged.
Simply put, if you switch WiFi on and move images from the Leica Q to your smartphone or tablet, the battery will fall over very, very quickly. Without WiFi and capturing RAW and JPEG together, you’ll find a little over 200 shots available to you which still isn’t fantastic.
This not-so-impressive battery life means if you invest in a Leica Q, you’ll want to grab a couple extra batteries and keep them with you for a day out.
It’s a good thing the batteries aren’t very big and can easily slip into a pocket without weighing you down, but next time, we’d like to see Leica spend more time in the battery department and produce something that can handle a little more juice.
Buttons are one of the other issues we have with the Q in that there just aren’t enough function buttons. In fact, there’s only one.
One function button at the back is the only button available to you for quick configures, and it doesn’t do a whole lot in terms of things.
It does offer quick access to a variety of functions, including white balance, exposure, scene mode, file format, and the wireless networking (WLAN) mode for switching it on and off, but you need to hold it down to get those options, with a selection of the mode you want being mapped to the button.
It works like this: hold the function button down to choose what it connects to, and then press it quickly to go into the mode.