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Leica Q2 Monochrom gets a “Reporter” look and wants photojournalists to get it

Leica has released another of its cameras in the olive-green “Reporter” suit. This time, you can get the Q2 Monochrom in this special “outfit,” and it’s not even a lot more expensive than the basic version.

To remind you, Leica already has the M10-P and the regular Q2 in this version. But it’s a pleasant surprise that the Q2 Monochrom doesn’t cost $300 or even $1,000 more than the basic version, like the Q2 and the M10-P respectively.

In terms of specs, there’s really nothing new to say if we want to compare the Q2 Monochrom and the new Q2 MOnochrom Reporter. They are both full-frame compact cameras with a 47.3MP monochrome sensor. As the name suggests, you can only take black-and-white photos with them. The only difference is on the outside, with the Q2 Monochrom being all-black, and the Q2 Monochrom Reporter being covered with olive-green Kevlar covering for higher endurance.

Here are the specs and a few more photos:

Sensor Resolution Actual: 50.4 Megapixel
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel (8368 x 5584)
Aspect Ratio 1970-01-01 03:02:00
Sensor Type Full-Frame CMOS
Image File Format DNG, JPEG
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Image Stabilization Optical
Focal Length 28mm
Digital Zoom 2.7x Maximum
Maximum Aperture f/1.7
Minimum Aperture f/16
Focus Range 11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
6.69″ to Infinity / 17 cm to Infinity
Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
Filter Size 49 mm
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50 to 50000
Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/40000 to 1 Second
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps
Self-Timer 2/12-Second Delay
Special Options Fireworks, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Video System
Recording Modes MP4
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/29.97p/59.94p/119.88p
Video System NTSC
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File Format AAC
Type Built-In Electronic
Resolution 3,680,000 Dot
Coverage 1
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3
Size 3.0″
Resolution 1,040,000 Dot
Display Type Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Built-In Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Media/Memory Card Slot Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Wireless Wi-Fi
Battery Type 1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 370 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6″ / 130 x 80 x 91.9 mm
Weight 1.58 lb / 718 g (Body with Battery)

The Leica Q2 Monochrom Reporter is a limited-edition camera, and it’s currently available for preorders with a price tag of $6,295. For comparison, the basic version is $6,195, so there’s only a $100 difference.

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