How Good Is the New $6,000 Point and Shoot Camera From Leica?

Many people believe that size matters, especially when it comes to photography. But what if you could get a high-quality camera worth $6,000 and almost do away with all your bulky gear? Check out the new Leica Q2 Ghost camera.

For many of us who love photography and suffer from a chronic case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS), it's not a stretch to say we might wince if we counted up and calculated all the money we've spent on photography equipment over the years. We might assuage our guilt by telling ourselves it's all been an investment in ourselves and perhaps our professional lives, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Why not spend your own money on things that make you happy and help make your (professional) life easier? Often, however, we're forced into buying bulky gear because of one simple reason: it's better and more feature-laden than smaller, more compact gear. But what if that wasn't always the case and you had the option of buying high quality without the size?

That question brings us to this great video by Evan Ranft, in which he takes us out shooting with the soon-to-be-released Leica Q2 "Ghost." It's a limited-edition, updated version of the much-loved Q2 compact camera with a few new features. It's a full frame camera with a revised full-frame 47.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor. High-resolution stills shooting is possible along with both DCI and UHD 4K video recording. The image processor also contributes to a broad ISO 50-5,0000 sensitivity range along with quick 10 fps full-resolution continuous shooting. The added resolution also affords a series of unique crop modes which simulate working with longer focal length lenses, including 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm fields of view. The camera features the same impressive wide angle prime Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH fixed lens. Ranft takes it for a run in a forest on an overcast day. To see the results and his thoughts, give the video a look. Would you part with nearly $6,000 for this camera?

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In what world is the Q2 a point and shoot?

... it's the world of stupid people who believe everything these supposed 'photographers' on youtube say when it's actually just about creating click bait video titles in order to get lots of views .. really is simple as that and these youtubers know there are enough stupid people out there to suck into their BS ... a sucker born every minute - old and still true saying.

I'm pretty sure the term point and shoot is more about the operation and easy of use of the camera. It has very few manual dials and a permanent mounted lens...kinda like a point and shoot. :)

A Nikon Z 7 has auto and program auto and can be shot like a point and shoot. I don't think a permanent mounted lens counts. Unless I missed it reading the manual, it has A, S and M modes. I didn't notice auto. Most pro TLRs had one fixed lens (two if you count the one for the viewfinder) :)

--- "A Nikon Z 7 has auto and program auto and can be shot like a point and shoot."

Pretty much nowadays any camera can be a point and shoot. Just to be clear, I don't think they were knocking on Leica by calling it point and shoot. Like I said earlier, if anything, they were attempting to make it sound very easy to use.

--- " I don't think a permanent mounted lens counts."

Of course it does. What actual point and shoot that has interchangeable lens?

--- "Most pro TLRs had one fixed lens"

They are also manual everything....definitely not point and shoot.

This article has quite a bit of false information. The Q2 Ghost edition has the exact same technical specs as any other Q2. Plenty of this article describes it as a technical upgrade over a normal Q2. This should be corrected….

I don't really get these special edition cameras. I would find it bad enough carrying such an expensive camera all in black without worrying about having it stolen let alone a special edition in colours that really stand out and could get noticed.

When a company has users and dedicated group of buyers who collect and "invest" in the product, limited or special editions are a good way to keep interest up and sales going.
No thief is going out looking for a Ghost Edition point and shoot, they would steal it just like stealing a 7 year old Sony a6000 (but the Sony has interchangeable lenses so it's NOT a point and shoot LoL)

"Iain Stanley is an Associate Professor teaching photography and composition..."

Then he should know better.