• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Leica Q advantages over Panasonic G85

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.00 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,221 vs 656 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/500 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More pixels
    24.0 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic G85 advantages over Leica Q

  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $3795*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Very good high ISO performance and dynamic range; Fast and accurate autofocus; Excellent 4K video recording quality and features.

  • OLPF-less sensor is prone to moiré; Electronic viewfinder struggles in low light; Continuous autofocus is limited to 6fps shooting; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX1R

Leica Q
Sony RX1R
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic G85
Sony RX1R
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica X-U (Typ 113)

Leica Q
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $3645
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic G85
Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3645
  • APS-C
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Leica Q
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G85
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Leica Q
Panasonic GH5
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G85
Panasonic GH5
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica Q2

Leica Q
Leica Q2
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Panasonic G85
Leica Q2
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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