Leica announces the Q-P
Today Leica announces the Q-P which, surprisingly, is not the Q2 everyone has been gossiping about. So don’t get too excited. The Q-P is a cosmetic update to the current Q but with the same technical specification. The Mark II version of the Q, which is rumoured to have a larger sensor and 75mm crop lines, will probably not appear mid 2019 at the earliest.
In the meantime, the Q-P is a very attractive design which, with its top-plate engraving and stealthy appearance, will appeal to those who have appreciated -P editions of Leica Ms over the years. The Q has been one of Leica’s most successful digital cameras, if not the most successful. The Q-P, as with the -P version of the M, brings a mid-term update which will put some new life into sales.
There are three main differences from the standard Q. First, the top plate and bottom cover are finished in a new matte lacquer developed by a Swiss manufacturer specialising in high-resistance paints. The lens also comes in a matte-black anodised finish.
Second, the shutter button and switch has been redesigned, with M and CL styling. Third, the red dot is removed (in true -P fashion).
The Q-P is as attractive as all -P “upgrades” and comes with a price tag of £4,100 (including a real leather strap), some £500 more than the current price of the standard Q.
After writing the above I had the chance to fondle the Q-P at Red Dot Cameras here in London. I have to say I was impressed. The Q-P may be just a cosmetic makeover but it is a gorgeous one which gets the want buds salivating. The new paint finish is unexpectedly magnificent and the whole camera is clearly more desirable than the standard Q. I would say it is worth the premium because it will hold on to its value better in the long run.
Leica Camera is pleased to announce a new premium variant of the esteemed Leica Q full-frame compact camera, the Leica Q-P. The Leica Q-P matches the critically acclaimed technical specifications of the ongoing Leica Q and pushes the design further forward to new heights of stealthiness and refinement.
The Leica Q-P replaces the front-facing red Leica dot logo with the classic script logo engraving on the top plate, favouring a more discreet look and aesthetic. The new "stealth" paint finish in a high-resistance flat matte black gives the camera an even darker black look and subtle textured feel. The shutter release and on/off switch have been redesigned and upgraded, giving users a better and more positive tactile feedback when taking pictures or switching drive modes. Elegantly contrasting the all-black camera is an adjustable-length high quality brown leather strap, exclusive to this Leica Q-P package which also includes a second rechargeable battery. The Leica Q-P is available at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers this month.